In this article, I’m going to share with you how to make sure that you implement what you learn, say if you go to an event or a conference or something like that, and you have a whole long list of things to do, this will help you get them done.
Have you ever gone to a conference or an event or seminar and taken so many notes and gotten so many great ideas and then 3, 4, 6 months later, you find that list somewhere and you realize you did nothing that’s on the list?
Well, that used to be me and it used to happen every single time to the point where I even stopped going to events because I said what’s the point of getting all these amazing ideas and then never implementing any of them?
So I’m not judging, I am commiserating. I am one of you and I’ve been where you are. And so what I’ve done is I’ve developed a few strategies to help me get things done.
And these strategies are very entrepreneur/ADD friendly. This is for you if you fully want and intend to do have all these great ideas that you want to implement, and you just don’t get around to them, because you’re so busy, because you’re an entrepreneur, because you’re handling so many things.
3 Things to do to implement what you learn
There are three things that you can do to leverage yourself so that you are in your area of genius doing what you need to do and you’re leveraging the gifts of others to do the things you don’t do very well.
So there are three things to do to implement what you learn.
I call these three things structures of support that will help you to implement what you learn. Now the first one people.
1. Finding People
It’s finding people to support you in holding you accountable.
So for example, what that looks like for me now is that I take all my notes from my event and I always schedule a call, right after my event with either my operations director or my assistant, and say, Here’s my list.
Let’s go through this list and come up with a plan AKA a process, That’s point number two, for each of the items on this list.
And so once we go through each item, we either cross it out, say, Okay, we’re not going to do that Or we set when we’re going to do it like when does this fit in? Do we want to do this in the short term, want to do it in the meantime or is this a long-term project?
So that’s the second thing and then we come up with a process for each item?
All right, here’s step one, step two, step three, here’s how we’re going to execute this thing.
And then finally, the practices are, what do I need to do on a consistent basis to support getting this process implemented into my business?
What do you need to do on a consistent basis? So every single person that’s part of this project has to come up with what is the practice, what is it to do? What is the thing that needs to get done in order to implement this outcome?
Now, I’ll tell you, I get all these amazing ideas. But as we start going through the list, usually about half of the things, we just crossed them right out.
We say You know what, this is a great idea in theory, but do we really need to do this? Is this really going to move the needle on the business?
And just by giving it the moment of thinking about it, talking about it saying, well, what could it look like? You know, more often than not, we can cross it out or say hey, that’s a long-term plan. Let’s put it on our annual planning list and take a look at it in December.
The Truth about self-discipline
Now, it might seem like I get things done all the time, it might seem like I’m so disciplined and so organized. Well, the truth is, I’m actually not.
What you might not know about me, and I’m going to vulnerably share with you is that if you’ve ever heard of a test called Strengths Finder.
Strengths Finder basically gives you 34 strengths and ranks them in order of how much you have that strength.
So for example on my Strengths Finder top strengths, our strategic thinking, creativity, futuristic, activator, and input, whatever that means, you may or may not know, it doesn’t matter.
The point is, that what’s not up there is discipline. And in fact, discipline isn’t in my top five, it isn’t in my top 10. Discipline is my 34th out of 34 strengths. It’s my dead last strength.
I tell you this because if I can implement and if I can activate other people to support me and if I can leverage my guests, then I know that you can too because chances are you have more discipline than I do, which is usually what it takes in order to have the willpower to stick with things and implement things.
The key is to leverage your gifts and your strengths and to focus on the three P’s: people, processes, and practices.
Why is it important to implement what you learn?
The ability to apply newly acquired information to new contexts is a difficult and important cognitive aim. The cognitive process of transferring prior experiences and knowledge to learning or problem-solving in a new context is referred to as transfer. This is why it is important to apply what you learn.
Why we don’t implement what we learn?
We don’t put what we’ve learned into practice because we don’t care enough about it. We don’t believe it matters or will have any impact. Or we are too proud or obstinate to make a change and put it into practice. We believe that we know better and that we are not required to do so.
Can students apply what they have learned?
Select the reason that best matches your scenario to uncover the most successful techniques, bearing in mind that there may be numerous explanations. Individual tasks are difficult for students since they did not get a thorough comprehension of the material during earlier group work.
I hope this article was inspiring for you and helped you think about ways that you can implement all the amazing ideas that you have.