Updated: Feb 24, 2020
“Knowledge is power: You hear it all the time but knowledge is not power. It's only potential power. It only becomes power when we apply it and use it.
Somebody who reads a book and doesn't apply it, they're at no advantage over someone who's illiterate.
None of it works unless YOU work. We have to do our part. If knowing is half the battle, action is the second half of the battle.” ― Jim Kwik
““Don’t wait for being completely ready for the plans and ideas you may have in mind. Take action now and along the way you will learn and become ready.” ― Farshad Asl, The "No Excuses" Mindset: A Life of Purpose, Passion, and Clarity
A young man wanted to join the Air Force at 25 years old, even though most people join between the ages of 17-21. He worked for his family business during the day and at night studied for the pilot’s exams. Everyone told him he wouldn’t make it because of his age.
He passed all the pilots tests because of his maturity and determination. These qualities made him a perfect candidate to join the special forces. After extensive training, he is now one of the top special agents and he loves his career.
Be a man of action and work toward what you really want. Why wait for tomorrow? It doesn’t mean you have to quit your job, despite the daily duties that seem to constrain you. Practice a skill or study your chosen profession. The secret to success is practice, so when opportunities arise you’re ready. You may discover you don’t actually like it, or you can’t do it, or it’s pure fantasy.
The first step seems tricky. The process of what you want will begin to take form as soon as you take action. Make sure you set realistic goals that can be measured.
One of the best goal-setting exercises I use is the SMART mnemonic:
S – Specific (or Significant) M – Measurable (or Meaningful) A – Attainable (or Action-Oriented) R – Relevant (or Rewarding) T – Time-bound (or Trackable)
Begin with three goals per month—or per year. Leverage your mistakes by learning from them. Harness each mistake as part of the process for growth and development. Growth begins where you can see room for improvement. Every mistake will teach you how to become resilient and more productive.
Own your story
“Be original create your story.”
Recovery from addiction. Recovery from trauma is a journey. Being active is an integral part of this. Taking responsibility for actions is important as is creating the next chapter.
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