How To Get Yourself to Do What You Know

If you want to learn how to do something, all you need to do is type “how to” followed by your topic on Google (or YouTube or Pinterest or Amazon or..,), and you’re almost guaranteed to find how-to information on your topic.

You want to learn how to program websites. Easy; Google will give you a slew of tutorials on how to do that.

You want to learn how to reset your mobile device.

You want to learn how to prepare a vegetarian lasagna.

You want to learn how to manage a team.

You want to learn how to put your hair in a bun.

You want to learn how to whatever.

Easy! Search the web, and you’ll find the information you need.


Nowadays, there is no shortage of how-to information. “Knowing what to do” lives on the web (e.g., Google) and is readily available.

I’ve made quite a few “how to” searches myself.

You’ve probably consumed your fair amount of how-to information too (including this post; I intentionally slipped “How To” in its title).

As you know, having access to how-to information is one thing, implementing this information is another thing.


When it comes to reaching goals, most people don’t suffer from a lack of information, but from a lack of action. In fact, it’s not that they don’t know what to do; it’s that they don’t do what they know.

If you look at your own life carefully, you’ll notice that there are many things you know you should do and know how to do, but you’re not doing them.

I mean you know you should exercise, and you know more than your share of fitness programs (at least you know where to find them). But, you’re not exercising.

You must get yourself to “do what you know”: you have to take action. No action, no results.

If there’s an area of your life that’s stagnating, chances are you already know what to do to move forward. However, you struggle to break inertia and get moving; you lack the motivation to do what you know.


Motivation ignites action: it gets you to move. It sets you in motion and keeps you in motions.

What is “motivation”? In simple terms, motivation is your “Why.” It’s your reason for taking action. It’s your reason for getting off the couch and beginning the fitness program. It’s your reason for waking up early and sleeping late so that you can work on your side hustle. It’s your reason for dropping the chicken wings and the French fries and replacing them with carrots and broccoli.

Turns out that “Why” is more powerful than “How.”

“Why” figures out “How.”

“How” without “Why” is useless.

Given that you already have “How”(you know what to do), all you need now to get yourself to “do what you know” is to find your “Why.”

About The Author

Vladimir Elie

I help people learn and apply success principles and strategies so that they can get the results they want in life.