What an amazing time to be alive, The Information Age. We can find out anything we want at the tip of our fingers. How many cups in a gallon? How to solve a rubix cube? Who sings this song? What time is it in Germany? How to build a blah blah blah…you get the idea.
With all this information, we should be unstoppable, amazing and know everything that we ever need to be happy and successful in life. Although the examples are not the questions of success, there is some powerful information available, but what is knowledge and power without action?
It so easy these days to consume useless information in your social network feed, emails and conventional media.
Taking our time acquiring information that we don’t need, reduces the space in our minds for quality knowledge that may benefit our lives.
I’m all for a funny vine or consuming for entertainment from time to time, but reading life stories of the Kardashian in the latest trash magazine doesn’t seem like information that should take space in my brain.
Questions and Actions
Life extracts questions in every moment and our nature is to search for the damn answers. The art of pondering has now been lost to the swipe of fingers on a touch screens. Brilliant!, we have the answers, we found the techniques or the secret that we were searching for. Now on to the next question?
The modern life of over stimulation is designed to keep you on edge. The dopamine releases into your brain as you search. Like a rat on the hamster wheel, you continue to find the answers. But when the answers arrive, are they actioned?
If you have read any previous articles on this blog, you’ll know I love to learn, read and listen about anything that will improve life performance. If you have read any of my 11 favourite life changing books, I’m sure your mindset has shifted.
What is the best thing you’ve learned this year? Have you actioned it? In most cases, knowledge is powerless without action. What’s the use of reading book after book, watching motivational videos with powerful life changing information if we don’t get off our arse and move on it.
The mind is like a bucket with a hole in the side of it. Every time you fill this bucket, 80% of the water leaks outs. You keep filling this bucket up, but until you repair the hole, it will continue to lose water.
How do we action knowledge?
Ok, you’ve just learned the latest life changing tips. 6 Steps to enlightenment or whatever the shiney object has your grasp. Before you ingest any more information, read one more page or move your focus, write the action plan on paper.
Step 1 – Write down the knowledge: Writing what you have learnt is the first was to get your subconscious mind to start absorbing the lesson. If the message goes that deep in your mind, actioning it will come easier.
Step 2 – Action plan: Write down how you are going to achieve this action and schedule this action to be done. Make this serious in your schedule and the sooner the better. You may want to consider how you will overcome an obstacle if they arise. This is a guarantee to see it through.
Step 3 – Reseat the message: Read the lesson and the action plan before bed and first thing in the morning. This will further drive this life changing information deep in the abyss of the mind and further improve chances of accomplishment.
Following these 3 simple steps will ensure the knowledge gained truly becomes power in your life instead of some great tips you read in a book but lost due to shoving more information in the mind. Action the hole in your bucket to be repaired, and make use of knowledge.
What’s your favourite way to consume knowledge? And how do you act on it?
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