Time Management – How do you Unlock the power of Knowledge?
How do you Unlock the power of Knowledge?
I am sure you have heard the phrase “knowledge is power” bandied about and have even used the phrase yourself on occasion. Well as you know, simply knowing something doesn’t make anything happen. A whole lot of things we hear or read about are common knowledge, everyone knows about it. The challenge I have, is that although it may be common knowledge, it is seldom common practice. The way I see knowledge, is merely as a catalyst, which possesses the potential power, to transform your life or business, if you are willing to apply it. The value of knowledge is not in the learning thereof, but rather in how the knowledge will positively affect the way you do things.
You have all heard Albert Einstein’s definition of insanity, where he said “If you keep doing the same things, the same way and expecting a different outcome” So for example, if you run as fast as you can into a brick wall, brush yourself off, take a few paces back and repeat the same action. Is there any possibility that you will get a different result? Then why would you expect a different outcome at the end of every, day, week, month or year, if you just continue to repeat the same behaviour every day. The way to change your world and your experience starts with the acquisition of the right knowledge and then converting this into a new way of doing things. If you want your world or results to change, you need to change.
Action Idea: Explore your vision and goals. Discover what specific knowledge or skills you need to acquire, which will help you to travel the path toward the goals you have created in your life or business. Identify three books, five audio books and one seminar, which you can attend. These books, audio books and the seminar must be specifically targeted to help you to acquire that specific piece of knowledge or skill set.
For example: you may need to improve your time management skills. The books, audio books and seminar, will thus be targeted specifically at improving your time management skills. Your aim is to use these tools, to equip you with a new habit set, which will help you to become more time efficient and effective.
Break your year up into four equal parts of 90 days each, during the first 90 day period, read only those three books, listen to only those 5 audio books whilst driving around in your car and attend that seminar. Make notes in the margins, highlight the books and read them cover to cover as many times as possible during those 90 days. Discover three really crucial new behaviours from each book and record these in your journal. Listen to the 5 audio books whenever you are driving in your car. Make mental notes and when you arrive at your destination record at least one new skill or behaviour in your journal. Extract at least three new behaviours, from each audio book as well and record these in your journal. Finally attend the seminar. During the seminar discover another three new behaviours, which will serve you.
You now will have a total of 27 new behaviours to introduce into your life. As you know, if you try to introduce all 27 new behaviours into your life, you will quickly lose interest and not introduce even one into your life. The way to get maximum benefit from this learning cycle is to take the 27 new behaviours and reduce them down to a maximum of five. Remember that all the books, audio books and the seminar are all focused on only one thing, in this example, time management. So refining the 27 new behaviours into your super five should not be too difficult.
Once you have refined your new behaviours and have your super five. It is time to introduce these into your life. I refer to these five new behaviours as my “code of personal achievement”. They become my commitment I make with myself every day. I do not allow my head to hit the pillow at night until I have used my willpower to carry out these five new behaviours every day. I continue with this practice for the next 90 days. Research has shown that any repeated behaviour, becomes an entrenched habit after about 66 days. After 90 days, these new super behaviours will be an integral part of your success habit set. You will have replaced five dream killing bad habits, with 5 new super success habits.
During the 90 days whilst you are introducing those five new super success habits into your life. You will have chosen a second area to improve. For example, your leadership skills may need improving. You will once again find 3 books, five audio books and one seminar on leadership and for the next 90 days, whilst you are introducing your new success habit on time management into your life, you will be uncovering your new behaviours, to help you improve your leadership ability. This is a very simple, but extremely effective way, of actually taking the knowledge you acquire and then actually turning it into the power, which it presents.
Dare to step outside your comfort zone and engage yourself fully, into acquiring and utilising the knowledge, which is available all around you. This process may take you outside your comfort zone and challenge you to do the uncomfortable, in the short term. Why not give it a whirl. Everyone, who has tried this system, has seen remarkable results in their lives and businesses. I say it is time to play big and to play win, become the best possible version of you and anything becomes possible for you. The results you will see in your life and business will be incredible, once you actually begin using the knowledge you acquire.
Author: Andrew Horton Time Management