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Do you read a lot of self-help books? Do you watch self-improvement videos frequently to learn how you can better yourself?
If you do, one difficulty you’d undoubtedly face on this journey is ‘actionability’ — that is, taking action and applying new knowledge you’ve learned to better yourself.
Knowledge is not power.
Knowledge is POTENTIAL power.
If you don’t use your knowledge in some way, shape, or form, it is innately worthless.
Yes. Knowledge is worthless if you don’t tap on them.
So what’s stopping us from taking action on our knowledge? Well… there are a couple of reasons. Let’s explore.
The solution to this problem requires a mindset shift.
These little bits of effort will add up in the long run.
Here’s a great example.
Who do you think is more likely to accomplish their goal?
They say that “ambiguity is the mother of procrastination” and that couldn’t be closer to the truth.
To eliminate ambiguity, you need a plan.
In general, the more specific and the more clear you are about your plan the better.
The goal is to turn your desired outcomes into a series of very clear behaviors.
There are many golden nuggets of wisdom in self-help books and yet we struggle to remember most of them.
Even if we somehow remember the lessons vaguely, we fail to act on them at the right times.
A lesson about leadership may only be relevant when you are in a leadership position. However, you get so overwhelmed while leading that you fail to use the leadership tips you learned in a book.
Your breathing exercises will only come in handy when you’re in high-pressure situations. However, when you’re stressed, you fail to remember the breathing exercises that are supposed to calm you down.
The first thing you need to do is realize the fallibility of human memory.
After keeping track of these valuable lessons, you’d want to set some triggers to prompt yourself to take action on them.
A trigger is any stimulus that influences behaviors (similar to a cue)
Ultimately, writing notes allows you to track your knowledge, and setting triggers reminds you to take action on them.
To end off, I'd like to leave you with a quote
"Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do."
I hope you found some value in these writings. Take care and I'll catch you in my next writing! Cheers.
Learner. Writer. Leader. I'm a tech enthusiast and love all-things productivity. 🚀🚀
Struggling to take action on what I’ve learned is something that’s very close to my heart. I sometimes wonder about the purpose of reading a whole self-help book if I fail to act on my newfound knowledge. If this resonates with you, I am positive that this article will bring great value. Have a read!
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