Okay, let me ask you a question. If you’re given an option to change your life, would you accept it? I can see some of you nod your head and say ‘yes’!
Why not, it’s always good to change your life if you feel doing so will make you feel good.
If you are still wondering why you need to change your life, you should read my earlier post “Should you change your life?” This post also tells you why some people do not want to change.
Most of us want to change our lives – for the better. In fact, most of us might even be working continuously, consciously or unconsciously, for the betterment of our lives.
So, what options have you got to bring about the change? Change your country, city, job, or even your partner! What will help you change your life, if you really want to change it for the better?
While all the above might help depending on your situation and case, you can best change your life by changing yourself.
“Change myself? But how and what do I change?” This might be your obvious reaction.
You can best change your life with knowledge, is my answer.
The Power of Knowledge
Ignorance is bliss. But this blissful state is short-lived, because it is not real. The lasting bliss or true happiness comes through right or good knowledge.
Dictionary defines knowledge as the information and skills acquired through experience or education. So, you gain knowledge when you study or work.
Apart from the factual information, knowledge is also defined as the psychological result of perception and learning and reasoning.
Of course, knowledge comes in many forms and can be acquired by many ways. It can be knowledge of the world and self-knowledge too.
Not all knowledge is acquired through books. Life is a learning lesson in itself and all things, events, and people in it help you to learn and change yourself.
But is this knowledge powerful?
Education gives us the knowledge that makes us literate. Right or good knowledge has the potential to take us further and become civilized and illuminated.
Knowledge has great potential. But that does not help you until you put it to use – you may learn life’s principles but not follow them in your life.
The non-use of knowledge becomes as unworthy as misuse of knowledge.
It’s only when you apply the right knowledge in your life that you can cherish its power.
Knowledge is Wisdom
Applied knowledge is wisdom, to be precise.
Knowledge is an understanding that inspires you to change your thought.
If you want to change your life with knowledge, you need to change your thoughts, beliefs and your mind.
When you change your thoughts, you can change your habits, behavior, and actions.
Knowledge is only useful when you put it to practice, implement it, or follow it in life. If you do so, then you gain experience. If you have both, the knowledge and experience, you become wise.
Here’s my formula to become wise:
KNOWLEDGE + EXPERIENCE = WISDOM
Here, we assume that we’re dealing with the right knowledge and right experience; otherwise it would be a folly.
You learn to be always happy when you attain wisdom. Then you know what is right and wrong, and you gain the ability to distinguish between them.
Wisdom is the insight and the understanding to do the right thing at the right time. It is highly probable, but not necessary, that a wise person will control the temptations to do any wrong.
Of course, one makes mistakes in life. But those on the wise path learn from those mistakes and take care not to repeat them.
They correct and improve themselves and their life and treat the mistakes and failures as stepping-stones and part of the learning process.
You attain wisdom with practice and time after going through such correcting process.
A Few Things to Know about Knowledge
The purpose of good knowledge is to bring you happiness, directly or indirectly. It takes you towards happiness and away from darkness towards light.
When you have the right knowledge, there are higher chances that you make the right choices and that does change your life for the better.
Also, too much of knowledge is not good always.
It is not possible to acquire complete information about everything in the world. You’re not, nor should you try to be a search engine!
Remember, not all information is useful or right knowledge. On the other hand, excess of knowledge and information may also confuse you and lead to indecision.
Seek only the information that is useful to you, and which you can apply to your life. When you do so, directly or indirectly, you’ll observe a positive change in your life.
Simple Steps to Change Your Life with Knowledge
It is very simple to change your life. Try to follow these steps –
- Firstly, know yourself. Once you do that, you’ll know what you’ve to change, and be able to gauge how much you’ve changed.
- Secondly, learn from books, school, college, work, job, people, and life. Take in what is good and relevant, and leave the rest.
- Lastly, practice what you learn. Imbibe the values, and carry them out in your life. Avoid procrastination and lethargy, and actively apply the knowledge you learn.
That’s it. Practice these three steps and see how they change your life and lead you from unhappiness to happiness.
I’ve tried to be brief and keep the article short. I understand that a few topics need explanation or elaboration and I’ll be doing so in my future posts.
And, I also know that my thoughts and views may not cover the topic entirely. So, I ask you to share your mind and contribute to the discussion in the comments section below.
Over to You –
Do you think knowledge has the power to change your life? Do you believe wisdom can lead us to happiness? What steps would you take to change your life with knowledge?
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Posted on: February 16th, 2013
Last Updated on: February 2nd, 2015