The Perils of Information Addiction

Are You Hooked

Information – it’s a wonderful thing.

We live in a time when we can find out anything at the touch of a button.

Every day we are besieged with information that promises dramatic results or gives us the key to achieving our goals.  It’s addictive and makes us keep searching for more.

The problem is that information on its own is just knowledge without experience. For information to be valuable, we have to put it into action. And to do that, sometimes we have to stop absorbing information and start learning through doing.

There are many reasons why we seek information, some of them vital but some of the reasons we chase ever more information mask a bigger and more serious problem.

If you can answer yes to any of the following, the chances are you may need to think about a detox to beat the addiction:

  • I’m not sure I know enough to do this properly.
  • I want to see how other people do it, they make it look so easy.
  • I could never do that; I have to be an expert first.
  • Oooh, a free guide, I must have it.

Did you answer yes to any of them?

If you did, the chances are that you absorb information like a piece of blotting paper but rarely get the chance to put it into action. And like blotting paper that has seen a lot of use, clarity is lost.

Maybe you accumulate guides and free resources but never read them, you plan to make time to put your information to good use but something else always seems to come up. Or when you try, somehow it doesn’t seem to make sense anymore. But above all else, you still lack the confidence to put that knowledge into action.

Here’s the brutal truth:

  • Any “overnight success” is years in the making – you have to experiment until you find what works for you.
  • Information is only valuable to you if you do something with it. Filling your head with information that isn’t helping you is only taking up space that is needed for other things.
  • Not every piece of information out there is going to help you.
  • True confidence comes from experience, not knowledge. You have to put yourself to the test and prove that you can come up trumps.
  • And here's the biggest brutal truth. You already know almost everything you need. Trust yourself to find the answers and supplement your inner wisdom with carefully selected and focused guidance.

Today is a new day. It's a good time to:

  • Filter, unsubscribe and detox your inbox.
  • Plan what you need to work on and be super disciplined ignoring those enticing little titbits that are meant to peak your interest.
  • Pick just the right amount information that works for you, from sources you trust to help you, with insights that make sense and you can actually use.

Bin the rest.

Every journey begins with the smallest step. 


©Polly Hearsey 2019

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