One Little Word That Will Transform Your Life
Last Update: Aug 2, 2016
“I don’t know how.” These four words can kill anything and everything. They will crush your motivation. They will prevent you from taking action. They will guarantee your failure, no matter your goal or desire. If you say these four words out loud, or even think them, you are doomed to fail. But…
There is ONE SIMPLE THREE LETTER WORD you can add to the statement “I don’t know how” that will transform your life. This one simple word will spin “I don’t know how” into an action statement. It will drive you toward reaching your goal, no matter what it is. It will guarantee movement in your life. Do you want to know what the word is? Are you ready? The word is…
You don’t know how, YET.
Many times we fail simply because we don’t know how to do something. You have an idea or a goal, but you don’t know how to achieve it so you never even try. That’s not the mindset you need to have. Not knowing how to do something should never stop you from reaching for your goals. Sure, maybe you don’t know how…yet. But you can learn!
It doesn’t matter what it is you desire or what your goal is. Everything in life is an acquired skill. We are born with our vital functions functioning, and everything else is LEARNED. EVERYTHING. You learn how to talk, crawl, walk, feed yourself, drink from a glass, poop in a toilet, how to read, write, do math, tie your shoes, ride a bicycle, drive a car, use a phone, surf the net, speak a second language, cook, clean, kiss, change a flat tire, do brain surgery, build a rocket…the list goes on and on to infinitum. The point is, all of it is learned. Not doing something simply because you don’t know how to do a thing is just an excuse. And a lame one at that.
Now, more than ever, it is easy to learn anything. We live in the era of the internet. Google and YouTube my friends. A few keystrokes on your laptop or cell phone and you can learn how to do anything. There are blogs, articles, books, websites, webinars, step by step videos, private coaches, gurus, etc. Hell, the other day I learned how to open a bottle of wine with a shoe! The knowledge base is infinite.
Whatever your problem or issue may be, educate yourself. Learn. If you are bummed because you are broke, then get online and learn all you can about money, finances, investing, entrepreneurship, online marketing, etc. Find yourself a mentor. Take a class. Study someone successful. If you want to lose weight, study nutrition, exercise, metabolism, biology, and hire a qualified personal trainer. Don’t say “I don’t know how to lose weight.” Say, “I don’t know how, YET. But, starting today I am going to learn!”
Tiger Woods wasn’t born the world’s greatest golfer. Sure he had natural talent, but he also trained and studied the game of golf his entire life. Tiger spent endless hours at the driving range hitting thousands of balls from the time he could stand and hold a club. He educated himself on every aspect of the game, studied those he admired, and sought out coaches to guide and instruct him. Then, he went out onto the course, put into practice all that he had learned, saw what worked and what didn’t work, then went back and studied and learned some more. That is how you acquire a skill. You study, practice, implement, repeat. It’s the key to learning everything in life. EVERYTHING.
So, next time you have a goal or desire that has eluded you, don’t dare say or think the words, “I don’t know how.” Say “I don’t know how, yet.” Then, put yourself into action and go learn it. It will change your life.
Great post, certainly got me thinking.
I listened to a podcast when exercising yesterday on what makes an expert. It was similar to what you are saying.
One thing they did say was practice will not make you an expert if you keep practising the wrong way. A coach or a mentor is needed to right your wrongs. Then practice can make you an expert.
I am not there "yet" but I will be. Cheers Kev
Thanks so much Kev. What you said is true. I have always been an athlete and have witnessed people do things the wrong way, even when they say they have been playing whatever game for 40 years. I even once told a hockey teammate "Yeah, you've been playing hockey for 40 years and for 40 years you have been playing it wrong!" haha.
Hahaha, how did he take that? Practising mistakes means you become better at making mistakes
This is an awesome post! I have been telling myself this everyday for the past few weeks! It really puts things into perspective, and it adds the crucial element of hope:). Thanks so much for the reminder:)
I write from experience. I have been overwhelmed lately with all this online marketing info and I keep telling myself I'll figure it out if I am patient. Thanks for the comments.
I have been overwhelmed, too! There is so much that I'm finding that I don't know...yet! Keep on learning:). I have faith that we'll get there!
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Good point! I didn't know that until just now ;-)