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The Biggest Mistake You Can Make In Your Personal Development Journey (And What You Can Do To Get Fast Results)

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Do you read frequently?

Most people do not read much once they had graduated from school. If you are reading frequently, you are the minority that is in a much better position to excel in your life.

However, there is one big mistake that most people made when they read.

It is the lack of implementation.

Implementation Is What Truly Matters

Are you one of those people who seem to know everything but aren’t getting the results that you want?

A minority in the population read regularly to improve themselves. Out of these people, only a few of them implement what they read. You can read all day long but nothing will happen if all you are doing is reading.

Knowledge itself is not powerful.

Knowledge is just a piece of information in your brain. It isn’t anything unless you pick it out from your brain and starting implementing (taking action) on it.

Knowledge + Implementation = Results

You Know It But You Don’t Get It

There are thousands (or millions) of people reading personal development books or blogs. Yet, most of them are junkies. I have to admit that I don’t really apply everything that I picked up. It is not possible to do so. However, it will make a huge difference in our life if we are able to implement half of what we learned.

The ones that always produce successful stories to inspire others are people who consistently implement what they had learned.

They are the minority.

The majority simply fail to implement what they had learned. Most people know they have to take some sort of action in order to get the results that they want, but more often than not they don’t.

As what Seth Godin mentioned in his book, Lynchpin, there is a lizard brain in some part of our brain. This is the part where our primal instinct can be found.

This lizard brain protects us from dangers and it helps us to sense danger, avoid fear and change. It works perfectly well to help our ancestors to survive and keeping them away from the predators. However, letting the lizard brain control your life is going to ensure that you will dwell in mediocrity.

3 Steps To Start Implementing And Getting Results

1) Read And Listen

You need to read the books, blogs and listen to others for ideas that you can use in your life. This is the first step that you need to take. Your local library is a great place to start searching for books that you need. Anything that you are interested in improving can be found in the library. Many people had walked the path before you and their knowledge can be very beneficial to you.

Talk more to others who are expert or better than you in the subject that you wish to improve on. You will be surprised by how much more new knowledge you can pick up from them. This is also the reason why I conduct interviews (listen to these interviews by clicking here) over here at HealthMoneySuccess. We can usually pick up new and valuable information from these interviews.

2) Jot Notes

If you rely on your memory to help you keep track of new ideas, you will be disappointed. I don’t trust my memory because I can’t seem to find the great ideas that I had “collected” in my brain whenever I need them.

If you want to increase the chances of you implementing ideas from books or blogs that you read, the first thing you need to do is to jot them down. Keep a note book and write down all the personal excellence tips that you want to implement in your life. If you want to read a book about personal excellence, check out the Personal Excellence Handbook written by Celestine Chua. There are full of great ideas and tips that you can use to improve your life.

I always keep a note book around me so that I can jot down any ideas that pop out in my mind. Electronics gadgets such as smartphones (iPhone or any phone that is able to allow you to take notes) work well too. Try out which works best for you.

Note: Summarize your notes. Keep things simple and jot down the key ideas that you want to implement in your life.

3) Use A Checklist

A checklist will help you monitor whether you have implemented the ideas that you picked up. Organize your jotted notes write them into a checklist format. This will help to keep your ideas well organized.

Look through the list and start completing them one at a time. Subsequently, strike off the ideas that you had implemented.


If you read regularly, the amount of new ideas you will pick up will grow over time. These ideas will just remain as ideas unless action is taken to produce a result.

You can finish a book titled How To Make More Friends you are not going to make more friends if you don’t even bother to initiate (implement the ideas in the book) to talk to others.

Decide now that you will not be a personal development junkie anymore. Be one that will collect great ideas through your learning from seminars, audio books, blogs and books. Be one that act upon all these ideas that you collected and you will experience exponential growth and get fast results in your life.

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5 Responses to “The Biggest Mistake You Can Make In Your Personal Development Journey (And What You Can Do To Get Fast Results)”

  1. Jeremy Day says:

    Hi Vincent,

    You know the thing for me is that reading so much makes me a very distracted individual. It might be wise to say read less, and do more. And you are right. Checklists help a ton, but they tend to be too inconvenient for people or people are too lazy to use them. Get over the laziness and make it convenient and you will start to see some of your best ideas actually put to good use.

    Jeremy Day´s last blog post ..Look At What People Do- Not What They Say

  2. Zen Casanova says:

    I agree, huge information load that isn’t implemented, helps no one.

    As good as learning from the experience of others may be, we can’t only rely on others to show us how to live our lives. We must understand that the way to value the wisdom of others is the result of its implementation. If it brings results, it’s good.

    Also, getting some inner clarity helps us to see what works and what doesn’t, especially, when its combined with experience.

    Thanks for your contribution,
    ZenCasanova (.com)

    • Vincent says:

      What works for others may not work for us. So it is advisable to take everything with a pinch of salt. However, reading about the learnings of others may help us accelerate our own growth.


  3. tzongyih says:

    Learning from books and blog is what I used to do.

    1st time coming to your blog by google, your blog is nice. Love it.
    Keep it up ya. Will be back again.

    • Vincent says:

      Hi Tzongyjh,

      Thanks for dropping by. I hope you find the articles here useful. Feel free to look through the archives for the past articles and remember to get your free copy of Unleash Your Maximum Potential.