Have you ever felt like you're not applying the knowledge that you've learned from seminars, classes, and workshops you've attended or books you've read? I know I have, many times. In the past I caught myself talking myself out of trying something more often than I wanted to admit, and eventually I knew I in order for me to STRETCH myself I needed to APPLY WHAT I KNOW. Not all at once, but in bite size manageable projects that would build my confidence. So this blog is about applying what you know so read on and enjoy!
Now there was this college professor who developed a revolutionary new formula and was invited to travel from college to college as an after dinner speaker to explain his discovery. He was furnished a limousine with a chauffeur who accompanied him and heard him give the exact same speech every night, for six months.
As they were driving into a small mid-west town one evening the professor complained of not feeling well and suggested that he and the chauffeur exchange positions since no one there had ever seen either of them and the chauffeur could pose as the professor and give the talk for him. The chauffeur was quite agreeable to the suggestion since he had heard the talk so many times he knew it by heart. Everything went quite well until after the talk, the chairman announced that they were going to entertain questions from the floor for the professor to answer.
The first question was quite long and involved and so the chauffeur rose to his feet, smiled, and thanked the questioner for asking it, and explained that since it was such a simple question, he was going to let his chauffeur answer it for him.
Could we be like the chauffeur? Do we know facts by role but we are unable to apply those facts to our everyday life in a practical way? Unfortunately there are a lot of people in the world who know a great many ”facts” but seem not to be able to use these ”facts” in a way that it brings value in their business and personal relationships.
The college professor not only knew the formula, but he also knew how to APPLY the knowledge for useful purposes. The chauffeur knew the speech but did not have a clue as to how to apply what he knew.
Do we know the everything we need to know to take the first action steps in our relationships in business and in life, but yet everyday in our lives we seem not to be able to apply what we know in order to achieve the results we want?
It is important to have that knowledge but it is equally important that we APPLY THE KNOWLEDGE that we've learned in our lives. Since we know that we are only going to RECEIVE as much VALUE that we bring to a relationship, then how can we be so demanding about receive VALUE from others, and so lenient VALUING ourselves?
The chauffeur may have known the professor’s speech and could recite it perfectly, we may have the knowledge and know it backwards and forwards, but if we do not apply that which we know, what good is it?
Are we properly applying the knowledge we do know?
How has the knowledge changed our lives, not by what we know, but what WE DO, not by what we say, but by our ACTIONS? The chauffeur could give a good talk, but he did not have A CLUE how to answer a question or apply the knowledge that he had heard.
Knowledge has a profound effect upon our lives but it is not just something to know. not just something to believe, although all that is important, it is something to DO, as a way TO LIVE LIFE.
So let's each of us ask ourselves these questions;
So there you have it. REMEMBER the only person that can apply what you know in the relationships you keep in business or life is YOU. Are YOU applying what YOU know in your relationships?
Tomorrow is another opportunity to try again and bring something new to the surface. This is the final process of learning. APPLYING what you know.
Now it's your turn! …
What would you do to start applying that one thing that interested you enough to attend that seminar, class, or buy that book or program?
What do you do to free your mind, motivate yourself, and make tiny bits of progress?
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