Knowledge is NOT power

Knowledge is NOT power

In the age of information, knowledge is NOT power.  It’s a paralyzing hindrance.

There are thousands of recipes, meal plans, and workout programs at your fingertips at any time.  Most of them are free.  It feels powerful doesn’t it?  And it IS pretty cool that you can search in Facebook, Pinterest, and the ever-handy Google and have a solution to read about within 10 seconds.

Armed with billions of words on how to eat and exercise, our society is unhealthy.  What’s being done with all of this knowledge?  Nothing.

That doesn’t mean that people aren’t moving more and that our society isn’t slowly working its way back to more natural foods.  It means it’s not happening consistently enough.

Because of the abundance of information, there’s no need to stick with someone long enough to see if it feels right for us.  Hate a plan after 2 days?  On to the next one.

And so it continues.

But there’s another side to the volume of knowledge and information: not knowing where to start.  This is mostly because diet and exercise “experts” often conflict with each other.  Low carb, low fat, high carb, high fat, eat all day, fast all day, count your macros, eat whatever you want.  Only do cardio, never do cardio, lift weights faster, lift weights slower, train 5 days per week, train 2 days per week.  You get the idea.  Comb through what you’ve read recently, and you can easily find two conflicting ideas.

All of this knowledge is not without merit.  Any of these could “work” for someone at any given time.  But how do you know where to start?  And, better yet, how do you know when to stop?

I’m going to go out on a limb here and tell you stop looking for meal plans and workout guides.  And, no, I don’t have one to sell you.

All of the knowledge you’ve gained from posting, pinning, and purchasing has become a paralyzing hindrance.

Here are some ways to move past the paralysis of too much knowledge:

  • Instead of seeking more knowledge, learn to use your own wisdom.  Wisdom is tuning in to you.  It’s getting in your head, figuring out where things are, and moving forward.  Wisdom is closing the book, web page, email and listening to you.
  • Stop overanalyzing.  Truly.  Comparing one plan to another only stalls you. Believe it or not, you already know how to take care of your body.  It’s common sense:  move often and eat well.  There’s no “magical” plan that you’ve missed.  Stop stressing over what plan to follow and be simple in your approach:  move often and eat well.  See how far that can take you.
  • Trust yourself.  This one is juicy.  We often say we can’t trust ourselves around food or to follow through on a workout schedule.  But trust starts in your mind first and the thought patterns you’ve created around your own abilities.  At some point, you’ve said you couldn’t trust yourself and you believed it. It doesn’t mean it has to be the status quo for the rest of your life!
  • Play with your thoughts.  What if you were to look at food as nourishment (choosing yummy foods that care for your body) instead of punishment (diet foods that suck and taste gross)?  What if you were to look at exercise as a privilege (look at what I can do!) instead of a chore (I have to go to the gym to burn off cake.)?  What if you were to actually believe in your abilities instead of assuming you will fail?
  • Aim to practice, not master.  We expect that being able to do something for a certain amount of time means we will master it and never have to think about it again.  With food and exercise, it’s not the case.  Sorry, but we have to eat, and we eat several times a day, often in varying circumstances, with a variety of choices, and in different mental states.  If you aim to master, you’ll be disappointed.  If you aim to practice, you are acknowledging mistakes will happen and you will learn from them.
  • Don’t be afraid to fail.  We are so caught up in following the perfect plan perfectly that, when we make an oopsie, our world implodes.  Stop that.  😉  Failure is a path to wisdom (not knowledge!).  It gives you the chance to try again with more insights.  Failure is only permanent if you don’t take anything away from it.
  • Use your mind.  It’s more powerful than the actions you take with your body.  Aim to understand why you have certain thoughts and how they are impacting the choices you are making with your actions.

Look, I know I just threw you a curveball.  Our world revolves around the collection of knowledge.  But in my years of experience in working with almost 1,000 women and in how I’ve changed my own life, knowledge is NOT power.  It’s what we do with it and how we use our minds that makes the difference.

I’d like to help you make some changes so you, too, can stop plan hopping and ultra pinning.  Check out all of the free resources right at your fingertips.  I put them together just for you!