“Knowledge, plus understanding, plus implementation, is the equation to accomplish anything.”
We as human beings seem to like to complicate things more than they should be. No matter how straightforward something is, we make excuses, we overthink, and we overanalyze. Not only that, it’s so easy for us to get caught up in all the little details. There may be a day when you overthink, overanalyze, and make excuses… but it tis’ not this day! Ok we’re done playing off quotes from the Lord of the Rings… But let today be a reminder for simplicity. So let’s take a step back for a minute.
What is it that you want to do or accomplish with your life? Now the big question, how are you going to do it? Seriously, what are the steps you’re taking today, tomorrow, and so on to get you there? This is where so many of us shut down. It’s overwhelming to look up at the peak of a mountain when you’re down at the base. We look at our goal, all the steps we know it’s going to take, and all of the time we know it will take. Ultimately driving ourselves to a place where we’re asking ourselves, “how in the hell am ever going to do this”. Feeling anxious yet? That’s ok, because feeling anxious isn’t the end of all things, and we have a remedy for that angst.
First, we get anxious about what we don’t know. So let’s educate ourselves. Again, how are we going to climb that mountain? What supplies do we need? What plants are edible? Are there clean sources of drinking water on our route? Once we know what it will take, it removes that aspect of mystery and the unknown. We can then move on to truly understanding what it will take. Knowing and understanding are two different concepts. Understanding is being able to, without question, put into action what we know. Which takes us to our last and final step. We have Knowledge, we have Understanding, the only thing left to do in order for us to accomplish our goals, is to implement. Action is just about the most important aspect of the entire equation. How many of you know someone who knows much, but has done very little? Action is what will separate you from accomplishing your goals, or living a life full of what if’s. Separate yourself from the chaos and anxiety of looking at the entire mountain, and focus on the few simple steps you need to take to make it to the top.
Today is the day.