I was recently at some very active training with a high performance level individual, meaning, he is VERY well known in his area of expertise. Dale Comstock: American Badass. Nationally known. He told us what he wanted us to do, then he showed us or demonstrated what he wanted us to do. But in all reality, these two steps were only half the problem.
While he was giving good advice, I did not take a small portion of what to change because of previous training I had had, i.e. he did not give me a good enough reason to change. However, I did listen and learn from him what he taught.
But what was the problem?
WE had to take action on want he said and demonstrated.
Great advice means little or has no value unless you take action on it. In some cases hearing advice means that you have to:
- Interrupt or stop what you’re currently doing, you know, stop the insanity
- Assess what you’re doing
- Determine whether or not the value of the advice you have been given is better than what you’re currently doing
- Decide to change or remain with your current process with the new information
- Integrate the new information into your thinking and take action
- Practice what you’ve learned to get it right and create new habits.
- Perfect Practice until you can’t get it wrong
Why do I tell you this? Because while even going through the training I had to stop my current habit and apply the better way to train.
It reminds me of an illustration I use: Just because you buy a gym membership or a book to read or a DVD to watch,
Advice is worthless unless you take action on it
I have consulted with an individual who I told them what they needed to do in order to stand out with their marketing. Their spouse even said that they would probably not use the advice. Yet, they continue to do the insane, doing the same thing over and over expecting different results.
Success comes from taking action, but success only comes when you take action on good advice.