You already know enough…


You already know enough about good health to be healthier.

You already know enough about successful relationships to have more satisfying relationships in all parts of your life.

You already know enough about being a good teacher to be a better one.

You already know enough about being a good leader to be a better one.

There are, of course, important things for us to learn and a time for us to learn them.

Sometimes we know what is important for us to learn—we know what we don’t know. At other times we don’t know what we don’t know, which means it is essential that we place ourselves in uncomfortable situations that reveal those things to us (peer feedback, for instance).

But for the moment I encourage you to more consistently apply what you already know rather than continuously searching for new understandings that are not likely to be implemented.

Our lives and the lives of others will be better as a result.

Do you agree or disagree?

Happy Holidays, and my best wishes for a happy and healthy 2016!

13 Responses to “You already know enough…”

  1. 1 Paul Tufts December 16, 2015 at 7:14 am

    Agreed! Actual application is is the hard work and if we are going to be held accountable, well that is the hard, hard work. Thanks Dennis, great post!

  2. 3 Jamie December 16, 2015 at 8:48 am

    Well said, Dennis. I have a few people I’d like to forward this to!

  3. 5 Kate December 16, 2015 at 7:01 pm

    Amen! We jump so from one thing to another, nothing is implemented well with depth and integrity.

  4. 7 Mike Phillips December 16, 2015 at 8:03 pm

    I guess there is a difference between knowing and learning. Knowing what your next best step is different than learning to complete your next best step.

    Learning involves taking your knowledge and making it habit. The hard work is forming new improved habits as a teacher and/or leader.

    Merry Christmas Dennis

    • 8 Dennis Sparks December 16, 2015 at 8:18 pm

      As you point out, Mike, forming new habits is often hard work, particularly when the new habit replaces one that is deeply-ingrained. Thanks for the good wishes, and Merry Christmas to you as well.

  5. 9 Terri allen December 21, 2015 at 4:33 am

    I totally agree. Unfortunately, the search often becomes the thing!

  6. 10 Wanda Dean December 21, 2015 at 8:58 am

    I needed this. Thanks for sharing.
    Merry Christmas!

  7. 11 Dennis Sparks December 21, 2015 at 9:00 am

    And the same to you, Wanda!

  8. 12 Kent Peterson December 30, 2015 at 1:58 pm

    A truly meaningful set of thoughts for the end of the year! Thanks

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