Zero to Ten Application; in this definition, we are not talking about something you fill out to apply for a job. The definition we’re using is the application of the act of putting to special use or purpose. Taking some type of knowledge of what we’ve learned and actually putting it to use for a purpose.
Many of us read lots of books, me included. However, a while back someone asked me a question, “is it more valuable to read 20 to 30 books a year, or read one book, study it, learn it, master it, and take what you’ve learned and studied, and actually apply it. Test to measure the results, and see what results in you’re getting from it?” Hmm. Interesting question.
Many of us read books, dog-eared pages, highlighted paragraphs, wrote notes. However, how would we rate ourselves on a scale from zero to 10, 10 we’re a rockstar, zero we’re not, in the application of everything we read, highlighted, or on the notes we took.
Many of us, me included, have gone to conferences to fill composition books and spiral notebooks with all sorts of notes, only to maybe review them once and never look at them again. If we were to take all those notes that we were so enthused about, how would we rate ourselves on a scale of zero to 10 in the application of those notes that could have been so valuable if we applied it? The intentions were there, but the application was not.
So, how do we up our application? First off, the best way is to get an accountability partner. When you’re reading a book, or you go to a conference, sit down with your accountability partner and debrief your notes, talk about it, and then ask yourself and them, what’s the call to action? What are we going to apply? How’re we going to do it? Let’s create a plan. Let’s hold each other accountable to make sure we follow through and do what we say.
Anytime you read a book, don’t read it alone. Read it with a group, apply the mastermind principle. The mastermind principle is where two or more people are in harmony in the same conversation, directed towards the same outcome, which then you bring in infinite intelligence, which is a universe of knowledge and all the great ideas that fall onto our lap. Now, when two or more people are in harmony, now of a sudden you’re bringing in a third mind, and then you could ask yourself, how can we apply those ideas? What’s the plan of action?
Remember this, how we do anything is how we do everything. If we’re rating ourselves low in the application of certain principles from learnings and study, where else is that showing up in our business and our life? Because as we get better and we up our application of some of the areas we learn and study, where we create a plan, follow-through, take the action and achieve results, obviously our belief and confidence increase. That’s going to drip into other areas of our life and business. It’s only natural because you have a new habit of doing things a little bit differently that makes a big difference in your life and business. I encourage you, to rate yourself on a scale from zero to 10 of how you score in the application and observe how that’s working out for you. If you don’t rate yourself high, ask yourself what needs to happen for you to raise this score for you to get better, to get better results. Find an accountability partner as you can hold each other accountable to make sure you’re doing what we say we’re going to do.
COACH MICHAEL DILL is an Award-Winning Certified Business Coach, global speaker, and published author. He is a proud Action Coach Franchise partner as well as the President of Power & Ice Wealth Creation a strategic leadership company that works with business owners, leaders, teams, and entrepreneurs to both develop a systematized and structured organization while accelerating their mindset, efficiencies, and effectiveness to grow both personally and professionally to achieve extraordinary results. He brings more than 40 years of business and entrepreneurial experience in his leadership, team training, and mentoring practice. Businesscoachmichaeldill.com