Knowledge is Not Power; Action is Power!

So many times people say to me “I know what I have to do, but how do I actually do it? I mean, I know how, but I still don’t do it. How can I actually do it?” My response, “If you know something and you don’t act on it, you don’t know it at all; you simply hold information. To actually know something means you act on it.”

Every single one of my clients receives the same information about exercise, mobility, nutrition, mindset, wellness, posture, allergies, health etc. Why is it that some achieve results to any degree and others don’t? When I reassess their results almost all of the people that move forward in their health and fitness make a statement along the lines of “Thank you I couldn’t have done it without you.” My response is always, “Thank yourself. Without you actually taking action you wouldn’t have seen the results. I give everyone the same information. You just did something with it.”

I can give you all sorts of strategies on how to implement something; more information, or knowledge as often called. But again, without action, it’s just more information.

When empowering people with knowledge on any topic in health, fitness and wellness, I teach the facts, and offer an array of strategies. I won’t list them here as it I’ve already written a book about that, Unleash the Best Version of You.

The biggest question remains though, how does one actually take action? That’s the million dollar question. That’s what takes people like Michael Jordan from being cut from the school basketball team to being one of the greatest basketball players around. Richard Branson has dyslexia and went from being a 16 year old school dropout to one of the greatest entrepreneurs in history. Oprah Winfrey grew up in a poor neighbourhood and was abused as a child and is now one of the wealthiest, most successful women in the world, helping children everywhere. Silvester Stallone went from stealing his wife’s jewellery to being homeless to one of the biggest stars in Hollywood. I could go on, but you get the picture.

What makes them so special? What made them succeed, and others plod along in their day to day grind? Why couldn’t this be you?

So many people talk about how much they want something. But then do nothing about obtaining it. ‘Trying’ is not ‘doing’. Implementing 5 out of the 10 principles of something is not doing. If it takes 10 principles to achieve something, then you need to implement the 10 principles. Otherwise you are fooling yourself into believing you taking action. You’re not. You are ‘trying’ you are not ‘doing’.

For example, people ask me “How do I get to and maintain my ideal weight?” Here is just a brief summary of the basic principles:

  1. Be active every single day in some way, and actually participate in regular exercise at least 3 times per week
  2. Have allergy testing to discover what (if anything) your allergies are and remove them from your life 1000%.
  3. Implement the principles of eating fresh food without deprivation.
  4. Eliminate at least 95% of processed food.
  5. Keep up hydration.
  6. Obtain at least 8 hours sleep per night.
  7. Keep your vitamins and minerals balanced without vitaminosis or deficiencies.
  8. Constructively deal with any emotional baggage or blockages; with a coach or counsellor if necessary.
  9. Record your progress.
  10. Surround yourself with people that are going to make it inevitable for you to succeed and minimise exposure to those that don’t.
  11. See allied health professionals such as a massage therapist or physio etc. if you need to, to help your body function more efficiently.
  12. Actively seek medical assistance for health issues, rather than sweeping them under the rug.

Now these principles are not one ‘or’ the other. All 12 need to be implemented in order to move from ‘trying’ to ‘doing’. That’s not negotiable. If one does not implement all 12, that doesn’t make them a bad person. They have free will and freedom of choice so it’s their prerogative. However their chance of complete permanent success is reduced for every principle they miss. Am I going to judge them on it? No, absolutely not. It’s their prerogative. It doesn’t make them a bad person. It just reduces their level of success. They just need to understand that by not taking action in all areas, they will not see movement in all areas. It’s pretty basic, but most people miss this very crucial point of success.

How do you take action?

  1. Establish exactly what it is that you want to achieve and the real reason why you want to achieve it.
  2. Visualise it. I mean really truly visualise. Think about it, draw about it, write about. The look of it, the feel, the smell, the emotions attached to it, everything. Every single little gritty detail. Design it in your vision as though you were describing it to a magician so they could wave their magic wand and create it for you.
  3. List any and all resource you will require to achieve it; coaches, specialist, knowledge, loans, etc.
  4. Research people that have already achieved it. No need to reinvent the wheel; duplicate what they have done. (notice I said duplicate not plagiarise)
  5. Hire anyone you need to that is going to help you whether it is staff, a coach, mentor, trainer etc.
  6. Make a step by step list of what you need to do then do it.
  7. Quit the excuses, reasons, and objections. This way of thinking will only hold you back. Only allow yourself to think and talk about ways to make it happen. When an objection pops into your head, don’t dwell on the problem, think of ways to get around it. Be solution focused not problem focused. Solution focus people get things done. If this is a problem for you then don’t forget to hire a coach or counsellor to help you overcome this. It’s part of principle 5. The same goes for people with fears and anxiety. Hire someone that will help you with these, don’t let them rule your life. And then implement all the strategies your ‘coach’ or ‘counsellor’ offers. Same principle applies here.

Again, if you skip any one of these principles, you will just be ‘trying’ not ‘doing’. In order to achieve you must ‘do’. Are you a ‘doer’ or a ‘tryer’? Neither is bad; the only difference is one will help you succeed the other won’t.

Get out there and take action. Do at least one thing every single day towards whatever it is you want in life. Dreaming about it isn’t enough.

“Let me tell you something you already know. The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It’s a very mean and nasty place and I don’t care how tough you are it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain’t about how hard ya hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. How much you can take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done!”

― Sylvester Stallone, Rocky Balboa

Knowing is doing. Go out and do it! Make it happen.

– Terri Batsakis