It’s one thing to have knowledge, but it’s quite another to put that information into practice. The path to hell is paved with good intentions, as seen by a stack of unread self-help books by the side of an unmade bed or garments draped over a cross-trainer.
The simple part is determining what is “in our own best interests.” You will be healthier if you exercise often and eat a well-balanced diet. That is knowledge, but without insight, dedication, self-worth, action, and accountability, it is of little use.
“Knowledge is power,” they say, but only by putting knowledge into practice can you fully realise its potential. Starting with oneself is the best place to begin. The only way to reach your full potential is to put what you already know about yourself to good use.
So, here are twelve suggestions to assist you in putting your knowledge into practice.
1. Investigate Your Thoughts
Knowledge is a valuable tool, but how well it is put to use is determined by how it is utilised. If knowledge is to serve you well, it must be discriminated and contextualised.
Knowledge on its own can sometimes hold you back by limiting your intuition and common sense, just as information for the sake of information has limited usefulness.
The highly developed human brain has the ability to cloud your judgement and rationalise your actions, which can have negative consequences. Decades of reinforcement imprint beliefs on your awareness to the point where they are completely unquestionable.
The ego’s attachment to the status quo attempts to maintain these “certainties” in order to avoid fresh viewpoints and options. Because its comfort zone is founded on familiarity, however damaging it may be, the ego is scared of change—even change for the better.
2. Try to Value Yourself
You know what’s best for you deep down. But how much do you think you’re worth? The degree to which your behaviours are consistent with what you know is good for you reflects your self-worth.
Your self-worth compass will get you back on track, whether you’re out of balance at work or in your personal life—but only if you let it go.
Self-care and investing in your own well-being are sometimes hampered by past negative thoughts of unworthiness. You can break free from these ideas, make better decisions, and act based on facts rather than myths if you value yourself enough.
3. Hire a Life Coach
A life coach’s job isn’t to make you feel better. It’s to aid your vision. The majority of breakthroughs in coaching sessions occur when the client recognises their thinking for what it is: totally irrational and fatally defective.
Positive thoughts and prospective answers are frequently ignored as your own unquestioned assumptions obstruct your progress toward a better future.
The ego exhales a sigh of relief: there’s no need to change, to question conventional wisdom, to take a gamble, or even to address a long-standing problem.
It’s just too difficult. In fact, it’s impossible, so you’re stuck, a prisoner of your own thoughts and beliefs—beliefs that can be used as justifications for doing nothing.
But what if your belief isn’t true, or isn’t true any longer? What if there’s another perspective on this? You must interrupt the pattern that prevents you from acting in your best interests. Attempting to see an existing paradigm in a fresh light, on the other hand, is like to trying to tickle yourself.
In summary, the role of the transformational coach is to interrupt the negative reflex responses of your thinking, to assist you in breaking the loop that keeps you from doing what is best for you, and to help you put your knowledge into action.
4. Entirely Stop Procrastinating
Procrastination can be mildly unpleasant or completely incapacitating. Fear of the unknown fuels procrastination: “What if I take this choice, what if…?”
Another factor is the want for control—specifically, the desire to exert control over the future, which includes other people’s emotions and behaviour. It’s about as irrational as it gets to put off making decisions because you can’t anticipate or control the future. Humans, after all, are not rational.
Then there’s the fear of regret: “If I make a mistake, I’ll be devastated.” I’ll take responsibility.”
This is almost always based on personal experience, and it contributes to a vicious cycle of bad emotions:
Expectation vs. letdown vs. judgement vs. self-judgment
There is a solution: determine what the worst-case scenario is. Feel your major organs—your mind, heart, and gut—and take action.
5. Trust Yourself No Matter What
Take a piece of paper and start compiling a list of the ones that worked out well if you are one of those persons who tends to concentrate on earlier decisions that ended in a less-than-ideal outcome. As the list grows longer and longer, you might be shocked.
Accept that things don’t always go as planned because of elements that are completely out of your control. However, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by how successful you’ve been when you examine your prior acts based on your understanding.
So give yourself a pat on the back, acknowledge your past achievements, and believe in your capacity to put knowledge into action.
6. Improve Your Time Management
Time management is a tedious task. It’s tedious and monotonous. It’s not for you; it’s for others. You have a lot of imagination. You are fully immersed in the present moment.
Worst of all, time management is restrictive and controlling. You require space to organically express yourself in your own unique way.
On the other hand, you despise it when you put things off till the last minute and then find yourself in a panic and feeling unprepared. This causes stress, and it takes 10 minutes into your presentation to get into the zone.
To be honest, knowing that those unpleasant administrative activities are still to be completed hovers over you like a fog, diluting the pleasure you get from the activities you truly appreciate. Is time management a controllable factor? Is it possible that it will be liberating?
7. Work With a Committed Partner
Committing to your own well-being, whether through mindfulness or the gym, may be difficult, and actually following through on that promise may be much more difficult.
Having a companion to hold you accountable is a terrific approach to stay on track. It might even spark some healthy rivalry. What matters is that it completes the task. You’ll not only meet your wellness goals, but you’ll also boost your self-esteem, improving your chances of success with the next activity you choose.
8. Share Your Knowledge
Do you realise that sharing your knowledge with others allows you to obtain a deeper comprehension of the subject? Tell someone else about what you’ve discovered.
Begin by imparting your expertise to someone who may or may not be familiar with the subject. Experiment with both methods. There will be occasions in the real world when you converse with someone who completely comprehends what you’re saying.
There will be occasions when someone or a group has no idea what you’re talking about. Take note of how you handle each issue, but make sure you do both!
9. Create an Action Journal
Start an Action Journal if you enjoy seeing and reading new things. An Action Journal should contain a topic at the top and plenty of space for you to think about how you can apply the knowledge, ask questions about your understanding, study additional ideas or research on the topic, and write it down. This becomes your own personal learning record. This will come in handy as you start applying for jobs and looking for positions that match your skills and abilities.
10. Create Mini Mind Maps
Create a Mini Mind Map Journal if you are a visual learner or simply enjoy making sense of imagery. Create branches of comprehension and application from your learning topic by putting it in the middle. Are there any holes in your Actions or Experiences that need to be filled? Look for solutions to their problems!
11. Incorporate your ideas into your daily routine
Start using formulae, storytelling approaches, visual aids, and other data tools to apply what you’ve learned to what data can and should be used for if you’re studying data! Use your personal data to tell your personal tale. Have a good time and be inventive!
12. Find groups or events that can challenge your knowledge
MN State Events, Study Groups, Campus Student Clubs, and professional organisations are all available to assist you in applying what you’ve learned. You may learn from others, teach others, and practice in a safe setting by participating in these clubs and events. Utilize your resources.
You will be better able to use your knowledge in context if you are aware of it, whether it comes from official schooling, employment, or life experience.
You can utilise what you know not only to make definite decisions and take action, but also to weigh the likelihood of other outcomes. Putting information into action will be empowering, fun, and gratifying when you have the confidence of this awareness.