As a child I would drag books to my mother and ask her to read to me. She would ultimately read each book to me so many times that I could “read” these book myself, because I knew what was said on each page.
That kicked off a lifelong obsession for learning. I enjoyed school. I enjoyed learning. (Until I got to subjects like calculus…YUCK!)
To this day, I still enjoy learning new things, whether it’s learning a new skill, a new hobby, or something about myself. Among the more unusual subject I’ve studied are salsa dancing, cooking, bartending, jewelry making, handwriting analysis, tarot card reading, reading body language, handgun safety & shooting, home organization…well, you get the picture. It’s all over the board.
And that’s just the “fun” stuff. Then there’s the skills and business development studies, as well as the personal development programs.
A big in-your-face lesson lesson for me this week is that I have been accumulating a vast array of KNOWLEDGE, yet over the past few years, I haven’t had the COURAGE to dare, much less the FAITH to do.
What’s wrong with that?
KNOWLEDGE DOES NOT APPLY ITSELF.
I have all the knowledge I need to succeed…if I would just apply it.
So why haven’t I had the courage to do it?
I never felt like an “expert” compared to the so-called “experts” out there…so I kept learning until my knowledge was “perfect.”
This habit of obtaining knowledge and seeking perfectionism has not served me well. I have been on the sidelines while others have advanced. So I am dismissing it.
So how do I summon the courage?
By taking a leap of faith.
Throughout the MKMMA course we’ve been told to “have faith in the process.”
That’s not always easy for me…especially when the process involves something that’s out of my comfort zone.
But I’ve kept the faith and trusted the process throughout the course, including this week’s task of creating two sets of “flash cards,” each with an affirmation or an achievement (big or small) on each card.
I kept a set of these “flash cards” with me at all times, and read through them several times a day.
And you know what?
It triggered something within me.
All the constant reminders of the successes I’ve had in the PAST have created a burning desire within me for successes in my PRESENT and my FUTURE.
And what does a burning desire plus the affirmation “Do It Now!” do?
It creates action. Now.
I’ve done more this week — and more efficiently — than I have in a long time.
I’ve learned. I’ve implemented. I’ve made PROGRESS toward my goals.