Library - full of books

I recently finished my driving classes where the instructors taught us a lot about almost every aspect of driving: driving on city streets, country roads, and in all types of weather, etc. etc. The teachers do a good job making sure the students understand the laws and clearing up any confusion that may come with driving. Finally, I got behind the wheel, but I had very limited experience as I do not drive that much. I quickly found out that I’m a horrible driver. All of my turns were too wide and I always brake either too early or too late. What went wrong? It’s obvious to those that drive that I need the proper experience behind the wheel. But, when it comes to other aspects of life, we tend to get sucked up in collecting all the knowledge of “how” to do something instead of going out and actually “doing” something.

Knowledge is Useless Without…

Many people go from book to book, website to website trying to learn how to improve themselves in a certain area of their lives. They have high hopes of achieving what they so desperately want to improve but eventually get hit with dissatisfaction. They accumulate all this knowledge, all of this information on how to solve a problem, but the problem remains. Days to months to years without any real improvement. How does one get moving?

Do something! I discussed it before here, where I encourage you to stop dreaming and start doing. The same applies here when you have all this information collecting dust in your brain. The information isn’t of any value unless it is put to use. The key to tapping your reservoir of information is to act on it. Get your feet wet in your area of improvement. If you want to improve your speech skills, speak. If you want to lose weight, use your information on properly losing weight and hit the gym. It seems completely obvious but we can get lost in being idle. For example (I love examples by the way because they provide a clear insight into applying them into your own situations), Paul, from the post about enduring boring work, has a “burning” passion with learning the piano. He watches video after video concerning the piano but takes very little time to actually play the piano. All that the information does is just fuel the passion but doesn’t ever improve anything. His skill is left on hold while he piles on more information.

Some of us are like Paul. We spend an excessive amount of time trying to figure out how to improve ourselves when we never try to implement the knowledge we already have. All of your time is then in vain. Make your time valuable by doing at least one thing every single day that puts you closer to improving yourself. Check out the other links to help you on your goal but remember to actually put in the work. See ya.