The gap between knowing and doing

During the course of yesterday, I was scanning my mind for hints on what I could post today. At a point, I must admit, I felt everything on any topic that needs to be communicated has been covered – especially when you think about the volume of information that is put out there on a daily basis. It’s simply staggering! There are posts on anything you can think of – and I mean anything (It’s even pointless giving examples)!

Conversely, there is so much information out there, yet it can be argued that so little is being accomplished. We know so much (intellectually) but yet struggle with translating the knowledge into leading a fulfilling and satisfying life.

For instance, some people still make New Year resolutions – they have an idea of what they want to achieve, where they want to be, and when they want to arrive at their presumed destination – yet are not taking any actionable steps towards the realisation of their vision and dreams. Some continue to talk about starting own business, commencing a project, embarking on a weight management program, investing in their spiritual, psychological and physical well-being. Yet when the time comes to make concrete their resolutions, they simply tell themselves, “I’ll commit to [fill in the blank] next month.” Sadly, they are paralysed by some fear or anxiety, therefore next month never comes!lying tiger.jpg

We know by experience that with fear or anxiety comes discomfort. It is, however, suggested to people who allow fear to rule their lives that a sure way to overcome fear is to actually face it. But you retort, “Well, I get a temporary relief by avoiding to face my fear, so why face it?” Unbeknownst to such individual, avoidance perpetuates fear; and destiny is on the other side of fear. Others, however, know…but still, either refuse or ‘forget’ to do what they need to!

So why is it that some people know and move on to doing? Several factors may be responsible for this:

  1. Self-motivation
  2. Determination
  3. Resilience
  4. Timing
  5. Strategy
  6. Relevant support etc.

One important thing I have discovered, however, is that to move from knowing to doing you need to be aware of whatever is responsible for maintaining the status quo for you. For instance, a procrastinator may discover that he typically gives in to anxiety or fear of failure. An information junkie wants to know a lot before they venture to take the first action step. An individual who has suffered rejection in the past is waiting for someone to affirm or validate them before they embrace uniqueness and freedom. The list goes on and on.

So what do you need to do?

  1. Increase your awareness: Take some time now and reflect on what may be maintaining your status quo.
  2. Move from awareness to consciousness: Write on a paper (or in your digital device) three or four things you have identified.
  3. Learn from positive modelling: Bring to mind someone who may have faced a similar challenge but overcame it.
  4. Generate solutions: These are things that anxiety or fear may have prevented you from being or doing in the past. You do not need to wait for all the lights to turn green before you make your move. It is okay to adjust your sail as you go.
  5. The next 24 hours: Resolve to make the next 24 hours of your life count. Determine to take a step in the direction of your dream today, not tomorrow! Make that phone call. Schedule that meeting. Set that deadline. Ask for that gig. Discuss that proposal or service with that person.

You know enough to start you on your path. Don’t just be a life-long learner, be a life-long doer too. Bridge the gap between knowing and doing.



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