The Effect of Not Following Through on Knowledge

by Michael Berry on August 23, 2014

I have said many times that knowledge is a good thing. Knowing for yourself is really the best way to gain all of the tangible and intangible benefits of a fulfilling life.

When one does not follow through with the decisions one makes, the knowledge one had relied on to make the decision becomes invalid. This has a damaging personal influence.

The value all all of one’s knowledge becomes less. The amount of wasted effort and spent resources is something a person may regret later. It becomes a mistake one  wishes not to repeat. When a person acts on what they know, and they don’t get the results they want, and what they know to some degree is revealed to be not good enough. Since there  was no follow-through, there is no opportunity to find and correct the errors in their knowledge. This is a dead end.

From this time forward, one is working with knowledge that is known to be flawed without knowing what the flaws are. This can dramatically reduce one’s confidence. This lack of confidence typically shows up as getting bored with things part way through and quitting. It is frustrating and confusing, and ultimately defeating.

This person does not really know why they lose the motivation, they just suddenly lose the impulse to continue. As a person stops following through, they soon get to the point that they can’t even muster the initiative to start anything anymore. Big or small, starting things and taking them to completion builds It’s certainty and puts   wind back in one’s sails. It keeps that impulse alive that makes a person eager and excited to leap out of bed to take on the day.

The importance of this cannot be understated. Not following through on one’s decisions brings with it both short and long-term emotional harm.

Personal development is our business and our life.
Michael Berry
In personal development we learn that “we all see and experience the world not as it is, but as we are”.

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Coaching with John Komatsoulis March 25, 2011 at 8:43 pm

Knowledge is Power, but it’s the follow through that brings the rewards. 🙂

Great post Michael, it’s amazing to see that people spend so much money on knowledge but yet never take that knowledge into action.

THANKS for sharing !!

Michael Berry March 26, 2011 at 5:29 pm

That’s correct John the missing piece is taking the action and people find all kinds of reasons “not to”. Thanks for your comments.

Teach Jim March 27, 2011 at 4:54 am

Implementation really is what makes the difference isn’t it. We loose the benefits of what we know when we don’t allow it to influence our decisions.

This post has me wanting to do all I can to learn by doing. Everytime we learn a little we need to do that little bit more.

It makes all the difference.

Michael Berry March 28, 2011 at 10:27 pm

You are so right Jim, implementation is really what makes the difference. It’s all part of the learning experience. Thank you so much for your comments.

Darren October 11, 2011 at 3:05 am

To know and not do is not to know! Nice post – big difference between ‘having knowledge’ and ‘integrating’ the knowledge into ones life and business.

Michael Berry October 11, 2011 at 9:49 am

You got it Darren. Thanks for your comments.

Jane Araguel October 14, 2011 at 3:16 am

Having knowledge and not utilizing it is wasting it. Even when someone feels like what they know is not enough they should not give up on life. After all nobody knows everything.

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