Are You an Information Junkie? When to Learn and When to Take Action

struggling to take action because you’re addicted to learning

Have you ever wanted to learn how to do something, like start a charity to mentor young boys or girls, crochet a hat or invest in the stock market? Well, nowadays we have access to a lot of information that can help us achieve our goals. We can read books, watch videos, and take courses to learn step-by-step plans to do anything we want! 

But sometimes, even though we have all this information, we still don’t accomplish our goals. Why is that? It’s because we don’t take action. We might tell ourselves that we need to learn more or save more money before we can start, but there will always be something else that gets in the way.  I am preaching not to the choir but to myself!!!  I love learning, so much is swimming in my head and I am guilty of jumping from this to this. For example, I have been learning how and building my website for over three years and I would pick the hardest one!! It is certainly a challenge if you work a 9-5 like most of us do and maintain consistency with taking action.  

So, how can we stop thinking so much and start doing more? Here are some tips:

  1. Remember that just knowing something isn’t enough. We need to actually do something if we want to see a change in our lives.
  2. Make a schedule that balances learning with doing. If you want to write a book, for example, set aside an hour to learn for every 8 hours of writing. As you get better, you can adjust the ratio.
  3. Take action every day, even if it’s just a small step. Small actions can add up to big results over time.
  4. Be aware of how you avoid taking action. Do you distract yourself with snacks, strolling on your phone, or tv? Identify these habits and try to change them.
  5. Focus on the outcome you want to achieve, not the process. Instead of dreading going to the gym, think about how good you’ll feel when you lose weight.
  6. Review your progress every day. Keep track of what you’ve accomplished in a journal or spreadsheet and try to do a little more each day.
  7. Don’t get distracted by new information. Wait until you’ve achieved a milestone before learning something new.

By following these tips, we can stop procrastinating and start accomplishing our goals. Remember, we already know enough to get started. All we need to do is take consistent action so let’s get going.

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