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How To Absorb The Things You Read.

How many books, tapes, and seminars have you taken in over the years, and how many of them can you point to as increased sources of profit – not just knowledge, but PROFIT – in your business?

There are too may people who read and read and read and never get anything out of it. One of the reasons why this is is because learning doesn’t work that way.

You wouldn’t learn how to ride a bike JUST by reading a book on it. Even when we had to study something in school, we didn’t just read the history book once.

We took it chapter by chapter. We reflected on what it meant and discussed it with others. And when it came time for a test, we applied and demonstrated our knowledge.

Whatever happened to that?

Do you want to change the way you learn and make every information product you buy more valuable? Read it slowly.

1. You’ll be able to sleep on it.

Sleep has a huge role in memory. It’s the time period where our brain decides which information is valuable and deserves to be stored for the next day.

If you read something once and forget about it, your brain learns to filter it out. That means you can’t act on it and take advantage of it.

If you read it chapter by chapter though, there’s more of a chance that the information inside will stick!

That’s also why it’s important to limit the amount of information you get and keep yourself from being overloaded. The less information you try to take in, the less you will confuse your brain about what is important.

2. Little Accidents

If you’re learning AND doing, you’ll gain more insight as you go, especially if you’re in an environment where you’ll get a lot of feedback from other people.

The more you allow yourself to DO, the more you’ll be able to adjust the quality of each small task. When you pinpoint what you’re doing wrong, you can give it special attention and fix it, just like a school student who is studying with a certain chapter. Conversely, imagine reading an entire book and trying to act on all of it at once! A real pain, right? It’s much tougher to dig out what your weak areas are and improve on them.

3. The power of suspense.

We read books in one or two big chunks because we always want to know what’s going to happen next. It’s too tempting to devour information in the same way. It’s natural. We do it without even thinking.

And it’s too tempting to think we can learn a new skill by reading a book. But chances are, that new skill will take a long time to implement. What’s more likely is that we will read the book very quickly, drain all the “suspense” out of it, and then get hungry for a new solution.

Now you’re a voracious reader and not a voracious businessperson. Bad.

Take things slowly.

Develop your skills.

Sleep on what you learn.

And act on it.

That’s the way to get lasting results out of everything that you read.
Happy reading and I will catch you next time.

RS

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Bridging The Gap Between Knowledge and Action

Chances are, you already know what needs to be done. You know you need to stop procrastinating. You know you need to watch less TV. You know that you need to set smart goals and intelligent deadlines. And hopefully, you know you need to track your work, track your results, and put more of your effort into the aspects of your business to give you the strongest results.

But there’s a very big gap between knowledge into action. Think of all the money that’s spent on knowledge: whether it’s large companies trying to improve their efficiency, or housewives and stay at home dads trying to get into better shape. They know the adjustments they need to make, but they always fail to set habits and follow through.

Let’s look together at some of the gaps that keep you from turning knowledge into profitable and useful habits.

The Fear Of Change

Failure can be comfortable. It represents a continuation of a routine that, at least on some level, has brought us a lot of pleasure. Now where this breaks down is that pleasure and happiness are two very different things. Pleasure can be bought with a cookie, it can be found in the bottom of a bottle, you can get a short rush of it with a few minutes on Facebook.

Happiness is harder, and the road towards it is longer, winding, and littered with distractions. The constant pursuit of pleasure, ironically enough, keeps more and more people away from becoming happy.

You Won’t Learn By Doing

There are too many people who try to do by learning instead of learning by doing. Talking about problems to death rarely solves them. People talk too much already. It’s natural to want to go into a scary situation with knowledge at your back. But once you’ve learned the basics of a skill, start acting on it. Then look for new information once you’ve run into a serious roadblock, or have a smaller aspect of the skill that demands your attention.

You Rely On Motivation Instead Of Habit

It’s okay to “feel unmotivated” sometimes, to hit a roadblock and need something positive to dig you out. But you’re always needing to be motivated for any kind of positive action in your life, it’s a sign that you haven’t really put the energy you should into setting habits.

Habits aren’t subjects that need motivation. Habits are things that we just do, whether it’s a good time or a bad time. If you can devote one month to establishing a positive habit, chances are much better that you would continue to do it for a long time to come.

Accepting “Life Excuses”

Too many people take “life happens” as an excuse not to do the things that they should. It’s almost like there’s no effort to leap the obstacles that life puts in front of them. It’s important to set uninterrupted times and uninterrupted places for the most important priorities cannot be violated. When you give yourself a choice between any two things, there’s a chance you will take the less beneficial choice.

Set up a daily routine that eliminates those choices.

Going From Zero To A Hundred

When it sinks in how far behind we are on our goals, it’s easy to try to do too much at once and destroy our desire to improve altogether. While there are people who can handle this sort of drastic shift, for most people it’ll be best to start small, focus on repetitive action, and scale up from there!

No More Excuses

The time for learning and not doing it is over. Step up and start making a serious change in the way you approach problems… right now!

Catch you on the other side.

RS

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Are You Busy Being Busy?

Imagine this: you’ve been filling out applications for weeks and weeks looking for a new job – and finally you get a callback. They’re excited about your application and they want to meet you tomorrow at noon!

You can barely sleep the night before, and when the time comes, you’re burning with energy. You hop the bus to get there and rush in the building, only to find the elevator is broken.

But you don’t let that stop you. You rush up the stairs, and by the time you make it to the top, you’re completely out of breath. It’s only then, when you look at the sign hanging above the receptionist, that you realize you were in the wrong building the entire time!

Now your both late AND worn out. You might have been busy, but you didn’t DO anything.

We live in a culture that empathizes hard work over everything else. Rarely do we stop to ask whether we’re working hard on the right things for the right reasons.

If you feel like you’re climbing a whole building’s worth of stairs in the wrong building, chances are that you’re not working very effectively.

First: Take a couple of days off.

This can be a very tough decision to make, especially if you’re hanging on by your fingernails. But the fact is that you need to have a clear head when you analyze your business. That’s very difficult to do when you’re burned out. Give yourself a little time to emotionally and physically reboot, even if it’s only for a weekend. You’ll be amazed at how much better you feel.

Second: Are you being a perfectionist?

Too many people try to do everything perfectly because they’re afraid of being “caught” or looking bad, or they have a “personal standard” they feel they need to live up to.

Drop the idea that all your work needs to be flawless, because it will explode the amount of work you need to do. Chances are that you need volume, more traffic, more customers, and more buyers.

So start going after it!

Third: Give Yourself An Audit

Take a look at the time you used for the day – rate the activities you’ve done on a scale of 1-10, with a 10 being very helpful to your business, and a 1 being something very counterproductive. What were the reasons for doing the low-rated tasks? Can you attack them and get rid of them?

Remember, your goal isn’t to be be busy, it’s to accomplish more. Work less and spend more time thinking about how to improve your efficiency, and you’ll love the results you get.
Too your success

RS

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