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Understanding vs. Recognizing

Understanding vs. Recognizing

Contrary to what’s been said, what you don’t know can hurt you. Unfortunately, many people are making assumptions these days without realizing it. This brings me back to a conversation I had with my cell biology professor back in college. He was telling me why he believed most students fail. He said “many times a student will recognize a subject, and since they’ve heard it before they believe they understand, therefore not study it very hard. They recognized it but didn’t understand it, and as a result they wind up failing.” This is a powerful concept because it applies to all areas of life, not just college studies. I’ll explain why it’s important to understand a subject and not just recognize it.

1) Recognizing Something Will Have You Miss An Opportunity – Many times a great opportunity will be criticised before it’s celebrated. The problem with that is many people will remember others negative experiences or words more so than the positive ones. Our brains are already hard-wired to think negatively so we’re already behind the 8 ball. With negative biases, uncertainty, and others opinions, you’ll make negative assumptions based on the information your brain already has. A lot of times these thoughts aren’t true or the full story but if you don’t take the time to get ALL the details you can’t make an informed decision and may miss out on something great. Don’t let someone elses failures about a workout routine, diet plan, business opportunity etc, keep you from going after what you want. Chances are these negative people didn’t put in the work or didn’t understand what they were doing either which leads me to my next point.

2) Those In The Recognizing Category Didn’t Have Good Information – We live in a world today where information is abundant and just a click away. Unfortunately, that doesn’t mean all the information is credible or solid. A lot of times when people just recognize an area they assume they know (check your social media for all the “experts” out there) and they form their opinions and expectations based on bad information. This is dangerous area to be in. Can you imagine taking a road trip with bad directions? Well that’s how most people approach life. Instead of taking the time to learn, they take what they hear and “drive with bad directions”. Always take the time to do your own research and learn as much as you can, so you can make better decisions that will benefit you.

When it comes to diet and exercise, I see this phenomenon all the time. Many people think they understand diet and exercise but really don’t. I hear people say “Jimmy I eat healthy but not losing weight.” Many people will think they’re eating right, because they don’t eat a lot of fast food, or every once in a while they’ll have some fruit. They don’t realize the ins and outs of healthy eating. They don’t understand what foods contain which macros, caloric deficit, nutrient timing etc. Same thing goes with exercise. People will go to the gym but not get any results simply because they don’t understand progressions, intensity levels, exercise selections, proper technique. These people believe they know how to exercise because they go to the gym.

Don’t make the mistake most people make and assume you fully understand something prior to do proper research or getting help. When it comes to diet and exercise if you are not certified or have been educated through school you probably don’t fully understand what you need to do to get the results you want. Make the investment and get help, we here at I2T are passionate about helping people by giving them the blueprint to get their results. As time goes on you’ll begin to understand what works and why it works for you.

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