You Want Progress In Life? Stop Learning… Start Implementing
Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking
~ Albert Einstein
All of us have goals in life. From learning a new language to making it big financially and anything in between.
But… there is a problem.
You’ve been brought up with the wrong idea of what it takes to achieve those goals — learning. It is not about how much and what you know, it is what you do with it.
Active practicing leads to progress. Passive learning does not.
Too Much Learning Supports Procrastination
When you reach a new level with your knowledge, 99 times out of 100, you discover that there is so much more that you don’t know about the particular subject.
Normally, you go and learn some more. That leads to the next level, but, as expected, there is yet another one after that.
If you get into the habit of learning and not applying, you go down the slippery slope that leads to procrastination. You never feel ready. You never believe you have all that knowledge, so you never take the first step.
Practice Is Learning
When you put something into practice, you discover how little you knew about it. These valuable insights are not something you can ever learn from just plain old theoretical knowledge.
One of the best ways to learn something is to put it to practice
Enough learning about learning. Let’s see how you can put active practice to work for you.
1. Make The First Step… Immediately
The fist step is to make the first step as soon as you can.
You learned something new. A new way of doing things, a new technique, a new skill. Don’t just sit on that information, use it.
Figure out what the first step is and do it as soon as you can. At the very least, take out your agenda and schedule when you’ll make the first step.
If you talk about it, it’s a dream, if you envision it, it’s possible, but if you schedule it, it’s real.”
~ Tony Robbins
As soon as you take that first action, your mindset completely changes. You go from planner to executor and you are much more likely to follow through and actually apply the rest of what you learned.
2. Do Not Learn More Until You’ve Practiced What Your Already Know
One thing at a time.
If you have not applied what you learned, stop yourself from learning more on the subject before you practiced the previous concepts.
This provides structure to active practice and prevents you from going down the treacherous road of just piling up theory.
If you want to see progress in your life, you need to stop learning and start implementing. You cannot learn your way to success, you can only get there with massive action. Use the above two concepts. They are easy and super effective. Your success will thank you for it.
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Kosio Angelov is the #1 Amazon bestselling author of the “Lean Email Simple System” and a master trainer in the art of “doing the right things, the right way”.
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