Artwork by Gerd Altmann on Pixabay

I ran across a proverb that said something to the effect that, “People who know and don’t do what they’ve learned don’t actually know.”

That came back to me this week in Chapter 10 of our study of the Master Key System, by Charles Haanel.  “Knowledge will not apply itself. You must make the application. (10:23)”

So, then why don’t I apply what I’ve learned?  Why don’t any of us?

No references, no books, no articles, just my own personal list from taking a hard look at me and where my gaps have been, and still are.  Whew, that feels like ripping off a scab.  It hurt, but that’s how we let go of something we don’t need and get better.

Artwork by JEShoots-com on Pixabay

So here goes.  And please add to the list in the comments!

  1. Sometimes, when I approach a class or a training, I don’t always understand why I need the information, or I haven’t researched if the material or approach is actually going to be relevant in helping me to be successful with the skill or knowledge.
  2.  Sometimes, I don’t pay close attention, taking the information in and starting to apply it in my head as I get the information. I really appreciate trainers who allow time for that reflective pause, or ask questions to help get the integration going.  Because of my own learning styles, I find this so much more difficult with instructors who talk fast and barely take a breath.  If I don’t have a video or audio I can go back and review, I’m liable to miss important pieces while I’m trying to apply in my head a particular point.
  3. Sometimes, I fail to read the material provided as back up or reinforcing information. I make assumptions that my limited exposure to the material through the trainer has given me enough and that I was smart enough to just get it.
  4. Sometimes, I just drop back into my habitual way of doing things without trying to implement the new information, especially when I don’t feel I can get help or coaching to do it well.
  5. Sometimes, I tuck away the notebooks and materials as soon as I’m done and don’t review them later to pick up tidbits I missed, figuring I got it.
  6. Sometimes, I fail to ask questions that would help me integrate or clarify the information or skill so that I can be successful with it later.
  7. Sometimes, I actually get it right! WooHoo.  Those classes and training sessions are the best.  You know, the ones that hold your interest, help you see how to apply the material for your benefit and give you a chance for supervised practice.

Hmmm, I think I just gave myself a quick lesson on how to tighten up the few courses I’m delivering.

Hmmm, and I think Mark J and the team are really onto something when they train the Master Key Experience – we get to actually EXPERIENCE the material, with simple, easy exercises and hands-on coaching, making the critical concepts a habit.  Gee, team, thanks for setting the example!  #NothingLikeIt  Click here to sign up for your own Master Key experience.

Until then, what can trainers do to help YOU apply knowledge?  What can YOU do to help you apply knowledge?


Share Button