Bruce Lee famously said ‘Knowing is not enough, we must apply. Willing is not enough, we must do.’
A nice quote, and quite apt for the personal development community.
Personal development is popular area, and there’s a metric tonne of self-help and self-care videos, podcasts and books to consume, but information isn’t enough to solve our problems – we need to take action.
In my work as a movement coach there are two distinct areas that I work with my clients when helping them get back to training after injury – Skill Development and Performance.
Skill Development is all about learning how to do things differently. Performance is all about learning to use your new skills when it matters.
This is where the study of personal development, self-help and self-care materials can’t help you – in their application – that’s down to you.
Sometimes we need to learn a new skill, mindset or approach to solve a problem for ourselves but we still need to take action.
This is Performance.
Taking action is hard. It requires us to get out of our comfort zone and do things that may be uncomfortable for us.
Speaking up at work, starting a new workout regime, staying disciplined on a diet, having a difficult conversation with someone…the list goes on!
Fear stops us taking action but it’s only by applying our knowledge in the real world that we get a true understanding of it.
The Chinese have another great saying:
I hear, I forget.
I see, I remember.
I do, I understand.
It’s only by doing that we really understand how something works, how we work, and how the world works.
And it’s only by using courage to step outside our comfort zone and take action that we learn the valuable lessons that help us grow in confidence.
So a great question to ask yourself is – where are you experiencing a problem, what is the action you know you need to take and what’s stopping you taking it?
If it comes down to fear (which is usually does) the advice is simple – just do it. What have you got to lose?