“We don’t lack for knowing, we lack for doing.”
I’m reading an EXCELLENT book (well actually it’s my 3rd time reading it) Up, Down, Sideways; by Mark Sanborn. It is about leadership, success, and personal development.
He raises the point, “If I consistently did all the things I said I was going to do, I’d probably be retired on a yacht right now”. And then poses the question, “What keeps us from doing what we know that needs to be done?” Answer = Barriers!
Barriers are obstacles and impediments that consistently keep us from acting on what we know. When faced with a barrier he describes 7 stages of action for you to understand and assess what level you are at can be critical for you to move forward in your life.
1. You don’t know.
-Lack knowledge (ignorance)
-You don’t know what you don’t know.
**You need to focus on what you can do to keep learning and growing in this area.
**Determine what is the right and wrong information, ask questions and keep searching for the truth.
2. You know but don’t believe.
-You’ve heard it but don’t believe it or feel it applies to your situation.
-You don’t buy in so you don’t listen to it.
**People need to be reminded more than they need to be instructed.
3. You know and believe but don’t do.
-We lack conviction.
-Beliefs are things you hold; Convictions are things that hold you!
**You can say what your values and beliefs are but your schedule shows your convictions.
**Things in this stage are; inconvenient, unnecessary or difficult.
4. You know and believe but can’t do.
-We often lack the skills and training that increase our odds for success.
**We can learn the skill or enlist someone else to help us.
5. You know and do inconsistently.
-We lack commitment and get distracted and things never become part of our daily routines.
-What is keeping you from being consistent? Do you rationalize, procrastinate or waste time online?
**Determine what is stopping you and commit to making a change.
6. You know and do consistently.
-You are finally ‘getting it’. Going to the gym consistently. Dinner with family together every night.
-However you don’t do it in every single area of your life.
**Getting to this stage requires knowledge, understanding, commitment, hard work and discipline.
7. You know and make it second nature.
-Consistency is important to success but isn’t the end of the line. When you know something + believe in it + and do it consistently over time = you reach a point where living out the principle becomes as natural as breathing.
-What you know is right takes a higher priority than what you feel.
-Our culture puts an emphasis on what feels right or feels good rather than what is right.
**When you don’t feel like working out, but you do anyway because you know you need to and you actually want to!
**The right thing will eventually become second nature.