Moving what you learn from knowledge to practice is hard. In fact, it’s one of the hardest things you do in life.
Sliding knowledge from the head to the heart is a battle. It’s a battle fought on a moment by moment basis. The tide of that battle changes throughout the day. In some moments you’re winning and at others, you’re losing.
You’ve got to win this battle.
It does you little good to take in great information and know all these things and fail to move them from knowledge to practice.
Think about all the things you learn. Now think about how many of those things make this journey.
Why do some things make it, and some don’t?
It all comes down to habits.
Habits are small decisions you make daily. They are automatic responses to things that happen in life. Habits are essentially the “if, then” programming of your life.
In fact, that’s an excellent way to think about them.
· If / when the alarm goes off, then I will get out of bed.
· If / when a negative thought enters my mind, then I will counter it with God’s word.
· If / when someone is rude, then I will respond with kindness.
· If / when hardship comes, then I will see it as an opportunity.
You could list out all the ways to program the incredibly important things you learn into your life.
A great exercise would be to write out specific applications for each thing you read, hear, and learn.
You win by connecting what you learn to your life in a real and tangible way.
It’s hard work, but everything worth doing is hard.