We learn and learn and learn, but no magic happens as a result of our learning. Truth be told, no magic happens from learning.
No, magic doesn’t happen from learning, but from doing what we’ve learned.
So we can never expect magic until we put into practice what we’ve learned. If we do, we might succeed, or fail. But if you don’t, your chance will be none.
It’s easy to say this. We know it. You would agree with me. But it’s just so easy to not take action about what we’ve learned. Though I kept reminding myself very often, I still did little.
I could talk a lot about blogging, blogging as a career, driving traffic to blogs and websites, ways to build an email list because I’ve read about these topics almost every day for about 6 years! But I did very little. I found a hundred excuses for not putting into use what I’ve learned.
Why do we not practice what we’ve learned?
Because it’s scary. For my blogging example, it’s scary to approach the big guys and ask them to guest-post on their high traffic blogs. It’s scary because I’m not confident if my writing is good enough to get accepted.
Because it requires that we do the things we’ve never done. I’ve never done guest-posting. Some of the techniques requires that I acquire another skill in order to implement them. I don’t have the discipline to learn it.
Because we’re not confident we will succeed. It would be a waste of time and energy if I learned the skill and it didn’t pay off.
These are just three reasons why we tend to put off doing what we learn.
What can we do to pull up the courage to take action about what we’ve learned?
Accept that it’s scary but at the same time, keep in mind that courage is not the absence of fear but the ability to take action in the face of fear. We all have fear (fear of uncertainty, fear of failure, fear of death,…). Brave men are those who have the courage to act despite their fear.
Accept that we might fail if we take action but that if we don’t, we can never expect the magic that might follow. The only way to stand a chance of succeeding is to act.
Start small. If you’re like me, there are so many things you need to learn to blog for a living, from writing to setting up a blog, to choosing the right design, to building an email list, to driving traffic, to choosing how to monetize your blog, to converting readers into customers… Instead of getting overwhelmed, just get started with a small/ tiny action you can do now.
Keep the momentum going. Momentum accumulates what you do day in, day out. What you accumulate determines the outcome of your daily actions.
Be consistent. Consistency makes things easier to do. If you are consistent in not practicing what you’ve learned, you will have a 100% chance of failure. If you are consistent in actually practicing what you’ve learned, your chance of success is high.
Never, ever expect magic until you act on what you’ve learned! Period.