You’ve read all of the books and devoured more webinars than you can count on both hands – so why haven’t you started that business, lost the weight, learned how to crochet, or [insert desired thing here]? Why is it always getting pushed off until tomorrow?
I know this firsthand. I love all of the books, seminars, videos, and podcasts and could eat up information all day everyday. I love books so much I wrote my own! It’s easy and fun to learn new things and we’re all inherently curious. But we’re missing a key part of life and learning: experience.
There is an abundance of information available to us in the world now and we forget that we don’t have to consume all of it, all of the time. Our emphasis on learning starts early in life, as we spend 12 years (minimum) studying in school before we are sent off into the world to use any of the knowledge. If there is anything we know, it is how to learn, how to study, how to think about things.
I see this knowledge paralysis with my health coaching clients often. They read diet books and get caught up in the next new theory about carbs and protein. They inherently know the basics: more water, more vegetables, more movement, less processed food, less sugar. However, they get too tangled up in diet rules and food theory and declare it a lost cause. It takes time and patience to implement new habits and see real changes. Health also requires experimentation to find out what works for you and what doesn’t. What makes YOU feel good?
As I build Embracing the Mess, I encounter a similar problem. I’ve read enough books and listened to enough online business courses to know what the basic steps are for expanding my reach. But when it comes down to actually doing the work that I know I need to do, I freeze. Part of it is fear that I need to move through, and I do that through tapping and journaling. The other part is that it takes effort to transition from thinking about doing something to actually starting it.
Inner knowledge, and knowledge from experience, needs more emphasis. There is a time when we need to put down the books and start to TRY things, even if they don’t work the first, second or even third time. This trial and error is invaluable and how change and growth happens. It may be harder or scarier to actually ditch the wine or start that website than to just plan on doing it, but you will never regret taking that first step. The good news is that as soon as you start, your energy will transform and the momentum will carry you through to the next right step. One of my mentors, Marie Forleo, has a quote that inspires me daily: “Clarity comes from action, not thought.”
What can you do today to move from thought to action so you can start reaching your goals? Leave a comment below and hold yourself accountable!
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