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Knowing is not enough!

When I got the list of prompts for this weekly Bloghop, this one single prompt intrigued me right from the beginning and I just simply knew, this was it. I am researching on it and writing my thoughts about it. The prompt thati am talking about is “Knowing is not enough, we have to apply it”. And now when I have finalised my content and i am on the verge of pushing the “Publish it” button, I know exactly why I was so attracted to it. And here is the most difficult part of this write up, it resonated so well with me because i needed to work on it big time in my life.

Since I am a big big fan of the book “The Secret” by Rhonda Byrne, I know i have attracted this energy from the universe beacuase yes I have been struggling with implementation part of my ideas & plans. I have been thinking about that 1 break through strategy to just clear all the obstacles and fearlessly implement my plans not just in my work area but also in my personal life – my health goals, my parenting goals and my relationship goals.

With this said, I would just add a bit here. I have been greatly & abundantly blessed on all these fronts in my life however i would not shy away today  from accepting “that unsaid & hidden longing in me” to better it all up and live a life of no regrets. A life which is full of with happiness peace and content.

So let’s get started –

Knowing is not enough , We must apply.

My Research revolved around the fundamental question that “Why when i know the right things, i still dont apply?” And i must say, this research not only involved me getting back to my MBA curriculum and reading about the basics of  motivation, steps in execution, how do we react to a change but also involved delving deep inside me, introspecting and listening to that little voice in my head.

So Why is it that we dont apply our knowledge?

My first level of the answer was because i am not motivated enough to apply.

Great answer right..?

Yes and then i stumbled upon Mel Robbins video on “Why Motivation is a Garbage”. Mel Robbins is an amazing speaker with one of the top 20 TEDx talks in the world under her crown If you have got a little time on you hand, i would suggest do watch this video (Link at the end of this article), it makes awesome sense.

She says that we all believe in this lie or assumption – we got to feel ready to apply/change, at some point we will feel confident enough to take the right actions and the only thing missing in us is the motivation.

This is not true and she explains y? Because we are not wired to do things which we are uncomforatble with or which take us out of our comfort zone. Things which are scarry and difficult. Our brain is wired to keep us away from these difficult things to save us from these threats.

So You will never ever feel like doing it. Because obviously the actions that you are gonna take to better you life, your relationships, your income, your business or your health are never going to be easy.

It is absolutely so hard to do little little things that have the capability of big transformation in results. For me it is simple thing like drinking enough water. i am unable to fair well on this small plan of mine. Because i am wired that i cant drink too much water and it makes me feel uncomfortable and nausesating.

So we have established the fact that motivation is garbage because it does not work when we need it to.

And we have established that there is definitely the Knowledge Action Gap that exists. Life changing knowledge is just a google away. We all know it and can know it.

So what is it that differentiates the 4 percenters from us all- And the answer again comes to me from Mel Robbins. I completely belive in what she said –

The problem is only in “Thinking”  – when u set Goals/ Intentions, Brain reminds you about what you are supposed to do to achieve those goals and there is a microsecond when we can be just mindful and listen to our inner voice or let brain do the thinking and push us away from our goals. Remember our brain is wired to keep us away from threats/and keep us safe nd happy in our comfort zone. This is it.

A quick strategy to not let ourselves fall prey to the dirty games our brain plays is to launch yourself at the count of 5-4-3-2-1 and zoom go ahead and act. Listen to your inner voice that is reminding you of your intentions and nopt to the tactics to keep you in your comformt zone.

Well this has been my learning & here is a big thanks to Mel Robbins for being the Sense-making motivator… You are doing a great job and i learnt a lot from your videos. Thank you sharing your knowledge.

Watch the full video by Mel Robbins here

This blog is a part of #WeeklyBlogHop hosted by Alpana & Neha Sharma i would like to thank Aditi from for introducing me to this blog hop and would further like to introduce Shubhra from to share her take on the prompt.










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Alpana Deo August 9, 2019 at 3:10 am

Totally agree Kushal. Self Motivation, will power is the driving force behind any act. No matters how many talks we hear or how many promises we make to ourselves, unless and until our mind, body and soul do not get aligned and work towards that goal which is attaining happiness, whatever knowledge we gain from the talks, and other sources is of no use.

Priyal August 9, 2019 at 6:01 pm

I believe self-motivation is the key to happiness and success also. Loved your video and this post too

Reply August 9, 2019 at 7:05 pm

Thanks Priyal

Reply August 9, 2019 at 7:10 pm

Can’t agree more Alpana… You have summarised it so beautifully… Thanks for reading…!

Sindhu Vinod Narayan August 9, 2019 at 7:41 am

That’s a great book. I will chcek out the video as you mentioned. I was gifted this book by my mom and it’s my most priced possession.

Reply August 9, 2019 at 7:10 pm

Yes, thanks for stopping by.. Lemme know if you find the video useful.

Shubhra Rastogi August 9, 2019 at 9:26 am

Loved your post as well as the video Kushal. Great work. Can’t agree enough with you self-motivation is the key to success. The more we push ourselves the better we get, the more we test our limits the finer we are tuned. Giving up is something we should not accept easily.

Reply August 9, 2019 at 7:09 pm

Thank You Shubhra, for your kind and encouraging words….:)

Pragnya Mishra August 9, 2019 at 2:51 pm

Thank you for sharing the impact theory. self-motivation is the base for success, I believe. I have started reading Secret again recently. Hoping to understand and push myself to some more goals.
I love this take on prompt Kushal.

Reply August 9, 2019 at 7:08 pm

Thanks, Pragnya, yes this is the impact theory… The Secret – I absolutely do believe in the power of the subconscious mind… It is all the mind and power of your thoughts that can help manifest great things. All the very best for your goals…Much Love…

Noor Anand Chawla August 9, 2019 at 2:57 pm

Kushal this was a very candid and very insightful post. I am glad you confessed that you have been feeling this way- just voicing it is the start to actually changing things. Really enjoyed your video too- you are very comfortable in front of the camera. Keep at it!

Reply August 9, 2019 at 7:06 pm

Thanks, Noor… Feeling super-charged after reading your comment… Cheers!

Sonia Dogra August 9, 2019 at 4:15 pm

Wow post. Self-motivation is indeed it and I too need to work on it. Time to test my limits! Loved your video Kushal.

Reply August 9, 2019 at 7:05 pm

Thank u so much, Sonia. If you approve of this, I am sure I did something right… Lots of love & gratitude

Varsha Nitin Gode August 9, 2019 at 5:11 pm

This post came right in time 🙂 The Secret is in my house plus all editions but never read them, hubby kept telling me but I’m super impatient in reading books. Will check their videos on YT, thank you so much for this post. Loved the video, you have amazing self-confidence dear 🙂
#WeeklyBloghop #bloghop #GWNxMG

Reply August 9, 2019 at 7:04 pm

Thank you for your encouraging words Varsha…The Secret is an absolute must-watch once…

Aditi Kapur August 9, 2019 at 6:17 pm

Good post Kushal! Once we are ready to implement our knowledge into action, nothing can stop us.

Reply August 9, 2019 at 7:03 pm

Absolutely Aditi, this is so correct.

Neha Sharma August 9, 2019 at 9:10 pm

Loved your video, Kushal, you are so natural in front of the camera. And, I agree that our brain wants to keep us safe & that’s why we fail most of the times when we plan to do things out of our comfort zone. We know so much but when it comes to applying it, our brain comes in the way. Only our conscious efforts can help in achieving our goals. Amazing post!

Reply August 11, 2019 at 3:49 pm

Thanks Neha… 🙂

Judy August 11, 2019 at 4:28 pm

This is one of the pertinent questions that often bugs me cause as you said we fear to explore the cause of our inhibitions.

Reply August 13, 2019 at 3:41 am

Thanks Judy…for stopping by.


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