Taking Action: 6 Tips To Help You Implement What You Learn
How many times have you gotten advice from someone (maybe from a podcast, webinar, course, etc.) or watched a FB live and not take action afterward?
Someone once said knowledge without action is useless, and I agree.
I use to believe that “knowledge is power”, but it’s actually “knowledge combined with intentional and aligned action is power”. I know, I made that really longer. But I truly do believe that your actions have to be intentional and aligned with your values.
When I say actions that are aligned with your values, I mean that just because someone has advice for you … doesn’t mean you should take it.
But when it does feel aligned and your intuition is calling you to it, then yes, it’s time to tune in and take action i.e. implement what you learn.
Because while it’s easy to soak up information, it’s not always so easy to implement.
Last month, I attended my first conference event called Amplify Live Experience, where I met a lot of other business owners and entrepreneurs while getting to hear some amazing people speak about their niche, expertise, and what they do.
Holy moly, there was SO much amazing content and information. A lot of high vibe energy and transformation going on.
And the morning after, I practically forced myself to send out an email to everyone I met at the event. Because if I knew I didn’t, it would probably never happen… and trust me when I say I really pushed myself outside of my comfort zone to have those conversation and get their contact information.
And then I had to push myself out of my comfort zone again to follow up with them.
And that’s what you have to do with what you learn.
You have to push outside of your comfort zone to implement and take action.
Because knowledge, without implementation, is useless.
6 Tips To Help You Implement What You Learn:
1. Do a debrief and journal it out.
Sometimes, we feel overwhelmed and that’s why we don’t take action, right? Because where would we even start?
So whenever I’m feeling a bit information overload, I journal it out. I write about what I’ve learned, why it’s relevant, and how I can apply the information to my own life.
2. Make a list and add it into your calendar.
Sometimes, our lists can end up looking a little vague...
We’ve all heard of SMART goals, right? Make sure your action steps are SMART - specific, measurable, achievable, results-focused, and time-bound.
Additionally, you’ll also want to carve out time in your calendar to complete these tasks. Because if don’t make time for it, the chances of you actually taking action are way down (and we’ve all been there, right?).
3. Focus on one thing at a time.
We’ve all had a to do list five miles long. Every person I’ve ever talked to has gone through this or still going through it.
When you’re taking in new information, don’t try to do it all at once. Trust me when I say it doesn’t work out well when you try to implement 20 new strategies and ideas all at once. You’ll end up crying in bed wondering if you’ve got what it takes and if you’re good enough …well, that’s what happened to me.
Instead, focus on implementing ONE thing that you learned until you know your way around it. And then you can work on implementing another idea or strategy.
Because here’s the thing: Ideas and strategies are everywhere, but they don’t do anything for you unless you take action and apply what you’ve learned. Most people learned strategy after strategy and they don’t apply them to their life and business and they think there’s something wrong with the strategy when it’s really because they haven’t seen it the whole way through which brings me to my next point.
4. Be patient with yourself.
Things take time. It takes time to learn how to do Facebook ads well. It takes time to learn how to set up a sales funnel. It takes time to design the front page of your website.
Remember there’s a learning curve. You’re not going to get it right the first time around and you might not even get it right the twentieth time around, but if you keep applying yourself, you will get it right and you will get better.
No one is an overnight success, so please don’t expect yourself to be one either.
5. Give yourself permission to just ...be.
Seriously, when I started giving myself permission to be imperfect, to be messy, to basically say “I’m not sure what I’m doing but I’m doing it anyway”, things changed in a really good way. I started to get outside of my comfort zone.
I stopped expecting myself to be perfect and instead gave myself permission to be present. Because I rather be present and kind of okay than nowhere because I expected too much of myself and put too much pressure on myself (I’ve been there and it’s not a fun place to be).
6. And most importantly, take action.
I know this one is obvious, but it’s also what most people fail to do. All these other tips are basically useless if you don’t take action.
Build the habit of being present and taking action.
Stop wondering if you’re good enough. You are.
Stop wondering what other people will think. They probably won’t.
Stop putting so much pressure and high expectations on yourself. It’s the fastest route to giving up.
Like Nike says, just do it. Seriously though, just do it. One step at a time.
You got this, friend. I believe in you.
Share with me in the comments below:
What are some tips you have on implementation and action?