It’s Time to Shatter the Myth
If I had a nickel for every time somebody said “knowledge is power” I sure would be able to buy a lot of books. I love books, and I love learning. I appreciate conferences, conventions, and trainings. I have a healthy respect for higher education, having earned a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree, myself. But it’s time to confront this old saying head on: knowledge is not power.
Knowledge is knowledge. It is the acquisition of information and/or skills. Those things, on their own do not give one power. Power comes from action.
Haven’t you had times in your life when you knew what you should do, but you didn’t do it? Perhaps you knew what it took to lose weight and get in better shape, or you knew what was needed in order for you to reduce your debt, but despite having that knowledge, you didn’t act, and so you did not step into your power. You did not wield it. And so it didn’t exist.
It’s no coincidence that the self-help section is one of the biggest sections of the modern book store. The “knowledge is power” myth in our culture has contributed to a booming self-help industry. Millions of Americans buy into the idea that if they just knew what to do, life would be different, and so they purchase book after book that tells them what they think they don’t know, when really it’s not about what you know in the first place!
It’s about what you choose to do. Power comes from making a true decision, and taking action in support of that decision.
This is why I love coaching people, because the work isn’t focused mainly on helping people acquire more knowledge, but instead on helping people feel capable of taking action. Most people know, deep down, what they need to do. They just don’t feel like they can actually do it. As a coach, I help people assess the skill sets needed to act on their knowledge, and create the momentum to move people toward their end goal.
If you’re feeling stuck, if you know what you should do, but feel like you don’t know how to do it, drop us a line and either Sandra or myself will happily give you a free consult to see if coaching will help.