Despite What You May Have Been Told, Knowledge is NOT in Fact, Power 

April 9, 2014

“I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do”. –Leonardo da Vinci

“The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity.” –Amelia Earhart

Welcome to wisdom & wellness!

These first posts are all about setting the foundation to help you get the most from wisdom & wellness and the short, yet valuable time you have to dedicate to your own personal growth. Today’s wisdom & wellness note is all about taking the extra step. So, what’s with the title, you may be asking?

It’s an obvious, yet not obvious thought: Knowledge is NOT power. Haven’t we all been told since we were young that knowledge is power? Here is the subtle, yet super important distinction: Knowledge is not power. Applied Knowledge is power. If you know your boss doesn’t regularly check email, yet you don’t follow up your notes with a drive-by or phone call, your project likely won’t get needed support. If you know your spouse appreciates a check-in if you’re running late, but don’t send the text, there will continue to be animosity. If you know that you need to mix up your workouts but continue with your standard routine, you won’t overcome the weight-loss plateau or build strength. If you don’t use what you know, then it’s of no use to you. What this means is that in order to make yourself better tomorrow, you have to do something different than what you’re doing today, and at least in the short-term, you have to put in some effort.

Now, I want to pause and give you kudos for taking the time to read this post. It means that you’re interested in learning and have taken action to gain some outside perspective. Great stuff. The next challenge will be to continue to dedicate time toward applying the knowledge that you continually gain through this site & elsewhere. For example, over the course of time, I’ll provide tips to improve your health such as food journaling, or taking a quick minute to understand the calories in your favorite foods. Or, I might suggest taking a different approach when trying to influence a family member or co-worker. Whatever the case may be, you will get the most out of the time you’re dedicating to your personal growth if you take action on what you’ve learned. If done consistently, you’ll incorporate all kinds of wonderful, simple, healthy habits into your life, which will become part of the status quo – you won’t even need to think about it.

So here’s to taking the extra step. After all, taking the extra step (which often can be very simple) is what sets ordinary folks apart from extraordinary people. Just one extra step.

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