Saturday, February 17, 2018

How To Put Your Knowledge & Faith Into Action

"Knowledge is power, 
but enthusiasm pulls the switch."
- Irvern Ball

In North America we live in a culture that focuses on continual growth and self-education. This is not a bad thing! The only challenge I've noticed with this, is that sometimes we get stuck being students. We become filled with knowledge and having little to no experience or practice can leave us feeling incomplete. I know I'm not the only one that's felt this way?! If you feel me, keep reading! I promise I won't leave you without a solution.


- Anton Chekhov
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We've all heard this saying in one variation or another, but STILL, have a hard time applying it. WHY? I really don't know! Personally, I simply enjoy learning new things so I'm constantly devouring information. I love challenging myself and I like rubbing shoulders with thinkers, so I've cultivated the habit of reading and finding wisdom in anything. Sadly, this information doesn't always turn into practical wisdom right away.

"Faith without works is dead"
- James

I enjoy learning so much that I use to go from one book, to the next one, to the next one, and so on, without FIRST APPLYING THE MAJOR PRINCIPLES from the previous book I read. I was pretty much storing up knowledge. I know! What a waste, right?! When my husband, who is also my built-in accountability partner, noticed my weakness and called me out, (like a good husband should! lol) this led me to start doing things differently. I won't say that I've mastered the ability to distribute and apply knowledge. However, I've adopted a different strategy.

Find Solutions

I select material based on current issues I'm facing. So, let's say I've started a business and I'm struggling with client/customer retention. I find the best resources for customer service, sales, product or service development, etc and I start digging through the information. If I'm having a hard time getting traffic to my blog or building an online presence I dive into marketing and brand building resources. Eating information this way ensures that everything I digest is immediately being put into practice because it solves an immediate need. It solves a direct problem, not a future problem.

Write It Down

So, you think you'll remember all the golden nuggets you received while digging into that book huh? *Shake my head* No, I bet you won't! Lol, by the time you're done, you're going to be scratching your head wondering what value you got out of it. If you study without taking notes you limit your engagement, focus, and overall comprehension. You basically minimize your ROI (return on investment). The investment is your time, money, or anything you sacrificed to get the information. The return is practical, applicable knowledge that enhances your life, future, business, etc. From now Always take notes!

Sniff & Scurry

A few years ago I read a very popular business book titled 'Who Moved My Cheese' by Ken Blanchard and Spencer Johnson (click book title to purchase on Amazon - Side note: this is not sponsored). The four characters Hem, Ha, Sniff, and Scurry represent personality types. Hem and Ha were slow to adapt to necessary change, while Sniff and Scurry moved quickly when they recognized that they had to change their approach to yield better results. After we find solutions and write them down we must IMPLEMENT them. If you don't apply the information you've taken time to soak in YOU'VE WASTED YOUR TIME. I know your ambitious and focused and the last thing you want to do is waste one of your irreplaceable resources so, after you gather solid, information, apply it. Change is good!

I hope you enjoyed reading this as much as I enjoyed sharing it with you!
Until next time, Subscribe here and I challenge you to start applying everything we talked about!
Xoxo!

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