A popular phrase, “knowledge is power” is often mistakenly quoted and is not correct. The phrase, “knowledge is only potential power” is more accurate because knowledge becomes power when acted upon. Taking effective action steps transforms the potential into optimal power. The definition of power is the ability or capacity to act effectively. Only when a definite plan of organized knowledge is acted upon does knowledge become power. Continuous action is the result of a definite plan. One assumption is thinking that once you “know” about something you are “doing” something. Remember, knowledge is only potential power but according to Robbins, “the critical ingredient that in the end determines whether we succeed in achieving our outcomes is our actions.”
Decision-making is one step toward taking action. Small successes are a sign a compelling decision has been made. A purposeful notion causes perpetual motion. A committed decision will launch you into action. The conscious effort of making a decision moves you one step closer to living intentionally. Desired results from decisions depend on whether or not your actions are aligned with values and principles you have chosen. “In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing"-Roosevelt.