I have written much about how, in order to have more of what we desire in life, we must first do more and, that, in order to do more, we must first become more. In fact, the focus of the majority of my articles and books is about how to become more. I reiterate, time and time again, how important it is to acquire the specific knowledge of success if you want to have success.
I also make it a point to emphasize that knowledge alone is not power; that it is applied knowledge (or action) that begets the personal power to create. Nevertheless, I get many emails from people telling me that they have spent years studying and learning the metaphysical principles of success, without having any demonstrable increase in abundance, prosperity or material success. “Why?” they ask does this stuff not work for me.
In most cases, after some email discussion, I find it is because these people are not actually doing the necessary things to make a practical application of their education.
Just as you can obtain a degree in medicine, but cure no illness or save no lives if you do not actually work at being a doctor; you can know all the principles of success, but if you do not actually put them into practice, they will not work to produce results for you. You must act.
You can, for example, fully understand how the law of attraction works and you can have a harmonious mental attitude; but, if you want to create material abundance or financial success and you do not enact what you know by applying it within the available and proven ways to produce success, then your knowledge and education is wasted.
Many people mistake the self-satisfaction they get from acquiring knowledge as being sufficient unto itself. It is, perhaps, enough, if your only goal is to become more educated. It is not enough, however, if your goal is to use that education to produce measurable effects in your personal world.
Financial abundance, or success, is attained, not just because you know certain things, but when you also DO certain things. Things like applying money management techniques. (see my article on Money Mastery). Things like creating or providing valuable goods or services that people will pay you to obtain. Things like marketing your goods and services so that people will know what value you have to offer.
Use your understanding of the metaphysical principles of success and creation by taking action. If you have or represent a product or service that would appeal to a certain segment of society, then use your understanding of the law of attraction in your marketing activities. Don’t expect those people who want and need what you have to offer to just somehow find you . Your harmonious vibrations won’t stand out that much amongst all the noise and commotion of the world unless you do the necessary marketing.
Enhanced or advanced knowledge and education produces an enhanced ability to perform; but it is the performance, your actions, that produce the results (or circumstances or effects) in your life. Your actions do speak louder than your words. Don’t tell me, or the world, what you know and understand; SHOW me and the world by enacting that knowledge in practical, result-producing, ways.
The ultimate value (and proof) of what you know is in the application or use of that knowledge. Do the doing and you will produce results. Face up to the fact that if the results you have in life are not to your liking, then it is likely that your doing is incorrect. If you don’t know what to do to create success, then get the knowledge of success; but don’t stop there, do something about it. Make the application.
Of course, indiscriminate action is not an effective way to produce your desired results. You can run around like crazy, climb 100 mountains, cut down forests full of trees and be generally frenetic enough to power up a small city without producing the exact results you wish to have. You must do the correct things in the correct way. That is why you must get the knowledge…so that you will know what to do. Become more, so that you are capable of more. Then, do more of what needs doing. Then, and only then, will you get to have more of what you want.
I’ll say it another way… enlightened actions produce desired results. Understanding how things work is not enough. You must also do the things that work.
You can sit and stare at your navel all you want, but if you don’t actually pull the lint out, it will still be there tomorrow.