Have you ever read something inspiring, or got something powerful from a book or a training program, and thought you knew it? Maybe it was a breakthrough, an aha moment, or something you’ve been wanting to figure out for a really long time. But then days, week’s or maybe even months go by, and you realize that the information didn’t make the difference you really wanted. If so, welcome to this week’s message Making Information Count. In this week’s video message you’re going to learn 4 simple yet powerful steps to maximize the benefit of the information you consume.
Making Information Count
Hi, I’m Elari Onawa, I’ve been a Self-Discovery and Life On Purpose Coach since 2003 and I’m also the author of Just Believe How Faith In Yourself Shifts Everything! Welcome to messages for living on purpose from your version of awesome.
Have you ever read something inspiring, or got something powerful from a book or a training program, and thought you knew it? Maybe it was a breakthrough, an aha moment, or something you’ve been wanting to figure out for a really long time. But then days, week’s or maybe even months go by, and you realize that the information didn’t make the difference you really wanted. If so, welcome, welcome, and welcome to this week’s message Making Information Count.
One of the things I repeatedly teach in my books and programs is how to get the maximum value out of the information you choose to consume. In fact, I talk about this at the beginning of all of my coaching programs, group events and in my books too, because it is so important. It’s not just because we are in a world that’s producing information at unprecedented rates. That certainly creates a need for greater discernment and focus. But, even before the onset of the information age, most people had a fundamental challenge making the information they did receive really count.
The answer resides in understanding what learning actually is, and then you can move into maximizing the value of the information you choose to consume.
If we look at a dictionary, learning is defined in this way:
– to acquire knowledge of, or skill by study, instruction, or experience
– to become informed of, or acquainted with, to ascertain or learn the truth
– to memorize
I’m going to move beyond that definition of learning to knowing. To maximize the value of information, you have to understand the difference between knowing about something, and really knowing it. When you truly know something, you have it, you understand the concept, and how to use it, and you benefit from it. That is when something has actually been learned and is now known. When you really know something, you get the true value from it. Before that, the information is at the conceptual level.
So what is the conceptual level?
When a subject is still a concept, it’s abstract. In other words, it’s general, and it only exists as an idea, a possibility, or a theory. Perhaps you’ve memorized it, but even then, the information is still conceptual if the subject you want to learn has not been applied in a meaningful or concrete way for you. So, memorizing is knowing *about* something. Memorizing does not mean learned or known. To get to learned/known, you must apply the concept in a meaningful way.
So, how do you do that?
Let’s Look at 4 Steps To Get The Most Out Of The Information You Consume:
Step 1: Get clear about what you really want and what matters most to you.
When you know this, you can be intentional and on purpose in every area of your life, and you can also learn much more effectively. When you’re on purpose, you’re eliminating the distractions and the noise, the stuff that really doesn’t matter to you. So, if you’re considering taking a course or reading a book, ask yourself; what am I really looking for? What benefit do I want to receive? Now, you have a clear idea about what you want to do with the information. You also know if that particular information will help you get where you want to go. For example, you might discover that you don’t need more information, but you do need a different type of support to actually apply the information.
Step 2: Stay open and be in the beginner’s mind. If you’ve decided to read the article or the book, or take a particular program, commit to getting the most value from it.
So, if you’ve ever heard yourself say or think these 4 deadly words — “I already know that” — then I’m inviting to see if you really do know the subject, before shutting down. These words, “I already know that” are deadly, because if you tell your mind you already know it, you will not learn anything else in that area, and your ability to hear and learn will be severely hampered. In fact, this response is often the reason many people stay at the conceptual level. Don’t confuse knowing about something with actually knowing it. Knowing it means that you are using and benefiting from that information. And when you master something, it uses you. In other words, you no longer have to think about how to apply it. It’s automatic.
Remember, your true goal is not to collect information, but to benefit from the information.
So, stay open and listen, watch or read, as if you’re doing so for the first time.
Step 3: Slow Down And Go Deeper. If you’ve been studying something for a while, and it’s not giving you the results you’d like, chances are that the solution will not be found in collecting more information. Instead, slow down. Stop collecting more information for a specific period of time. Instead, go deeper into the subject matter. Take the concepts you already know about, and think about how you could apply them to specific life situations that have personal meaning to you.
For example, there’s a powerful choice that I invite people to take on in chapter one of my book Just Believe: How Faith In Yourself Shifts Everything. I invite them to be the source of their own approval, in order to be free from taking things personally, or feeling stopped or hindered by the opinions of others. I invite readers to make this declaration — “I am now the source of my own approval!”
This powerful opportunity is at the foundation for being a fully soul-expressed individual. It gives you the freedom to shine your light fully, yet it’s also a stretch for a lot of people … because we are actually trained to look outside ourselves for validation.
So, in order to benefit from that invitation, I also invite readers to go beyond the conceptual level. We have to make it meaningful and more specific to learn it. Here are some relevant examples. What would applying this look and feel like? How would I respond in this situation, if I were the source of my own approval? How would I show up and feel? What else does it mean to be the source of my own approval? What does that open up for me?
As you slow down and go deeper into information, you learn how to apply it. It is no longer an abstract or general concept. Instead, you move to the level of application and meaning. You are using and benefitting from the information. This is why I always add practices to my programs. Because by seeing yourself using the information, and with practice, you can master any subject matter you choose, at whatever level you desire.
Step 4: See yourself as someone who learns easily and quickly. Now, this may seem basic, but if you see yourself as someone who is at a disadvantage, then you will make it harder to learn. Your expectations matter a lot! So, cultivate seeing yourself as learning what you truly want to know easily and quickly. As you cultivate a powerful attitude about learning, you’ll be amazed at how quickly you find what you’re really looking for!
So, there you have it – Making Information Count! You now know how to get the most benefit out of the information you consume. I can tell you from years of leading transformative programs, that the people who get the most benefit from programs and information are the ones who use these steps!
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