Getting stuck in what I call the “wheel of information” is a common roadblock that I see often in my coaching clients ending up.
Here is what happens.
You are listening to a podcast and the concept of manifestation sparks your interest. You get excited and follow the podcast guest on Instagram. Watching her stories, she starts talking about a course she has coming up. You end up signing up for her email list and get set a freebie about how to manifest. You don’t sign up for her Manifestation course because you “don’t have time” and know you can do it on your own anyway.
You start reading a book about manifestation. The more you learn about it, the more you love it and can’t seem to get enough. Her profile leads you to many others in the same area of expertise and before you know it you are consuming a ton of information about manifestation!
You feel so proud of yourself. I mean, just look at you! Spending all your free time growing, learning, and self-developing. “Yay, me!”
However, as soon as you get out of the car and the audiobook stops, or you are brought back to your “real life” and off of the Instagram spiral – you quickly forget about what you’ve learned. You continue on with your day and ingrained habits.
You start to feel frustrated. You thought you were investing in yourself, yet nothing has changed. You think “what is wrong with me? Why can she do it but I can’t?“. You begin to think it is all a waste of time and slowly move on. The spark that was ignited slowly fizzles out.
Perhaps you revisit the topic a few months later. And so the cycle starts again.
Listening to podcasts, reading books, listening to audiobooks, subscribing to email newsletters, and consuming social media topics is all wonderful. I’m all about lifelong learning and growth. But there is a difference between getting stuck here in the information-seeking stage of wellness. Here is what to do instead.
Information: The WHAT, the education, the learning, being inspired, yearning and absorbing.
Application: the HOW, the actionable steps, the change. Where growth happens.
Uncertainty and fear can promote information seeking and instead of ever taking action with what we are learning, or putting it into practice – we just continue to absorb information without changing.
The missing piece to keep the spark alive and burning bright within you is applying what you’ve learned to your actual life.
Well-being takes action. Health takes action. Being well isn’t just something that simply happens to us. It instead is choosing to live in a way that aligns with our values by taking intentional steps and making choices to improve our well-being.
It is time to stop sitting on the sidelines, watching and waiting for it to happen to you.
It is time to put it into practice.