Knowledge Does Not Mean Power

We don't always act based on what we know. We can often display behavior beneath what we know and even understand. The old adage that, "If we know better, we do better." is not necessarily true. Even though doctors know the dangers of smoking, I know doctors who have a habit of smoking that they cannot seem to break. The mistakes we make in life aren't always centered around what we know but what we know and don't do or what we don't know and can't do because we just don't know. As creatures of habit, we tend to follow the path of least resistance that does not require us to change because changing can be uncomfortable.

But the minute we decide to apply the knowledge we have and act accordingly, we give ourselves the chance to get better outcomes. For many years, I was overweight. I didn't take the necessary steps to change it. Even though I knew what I needed to do, I took no action to change my health because it was simply easier to do nothing; until I developed problems like high blood pressure. Sadly like me, many have acquired a lot of knowledge but just can't find the courage to act accordingly until they have a crisis.

So when people say that "Knowledge is power," I have to humbly disagree. Only applied knowledge brings power. We are never defined by what we know, but by what we do. Life is all about growing and stretching; reaching for greater heights. Rather than resorting to familiar excuses and finger pointing, it's pays to start acting on what we know so we can make better decisions that help move our lives forward.

Getting equipped with more knowledge does us no good if we don't take the time to use the knowledge we already have. If we keep doing what we been doing, we'll keep getting what we've been getting. It's a travesty to pay for the same problem more than once, especially when we have the necessary information to turn things around but resist change by refusing to take the necessary steps to implement what we already know.

To change our lives, we need to make a conscious deliberate decision to just not gather knowledge but to apply knowledge. Take what you've learnt and start to apply it. Tony Robbins put it this way: "Contrary to popular wisdom, knowledge is not power - it's potential power. Knowledge is not mastery. Execution is mastery. Execution will trump knowledge every day of the week." 

Essentially, knowledge is not power until it's applied. Are you ready to execute?

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