“Knowledge is of no value unless you put it into practice”- Anton Chekhov
You can have all the knowledge in the world but unless you reflect and determine how you can apply that knowledge, your life isn’t going to change a whole lot. Acquiring new knowledge about something is certainly a step that is more often than not needed for change but if you want to affect real change you need to take it a step further.
I’m sure we have all felt at some point during our education that we were memorizing facts simply to regurgitate them on an exam, only to later completely forget what we had learned. On the flipside, if we learned something and than had to complete a project or assignment that applied that knowledge, I don’t know about you guys but I was far more likely to remember that concept.
School aside, the same idea applies to other areas in our life. For instance, listening to a podcast or reading an article on how to train for a marathon is not going to automatically get you across the finish line. If you really want to be successful than you need to set goals and develop a training schedule. Above and beyond that you need to find motivation on those tough days and continue to push through the pain and discomfort.
It is absolutely important to take in new knowledge and continue to learn but you also have to devise a real plan on how to apply that knowledge if you want to make meaningful changes and reach your desired outcomes. Not sure how to do that or where to start?- check out Don’t Make Resolutions: Make Goals.
I challenge you to apply something new that you’ve recently learned to make a positive change (big or small) in your life today. Don’t wait for tomorrow or the “perfect time”, get started TODAY.
Cheers, Brittaney Berendsen RD, P.H.Ec.