The Difference Between Knowing and Doing

Have you ever seen people who just can’t seem to make progress in life despite the fact that they are bright, intelligent and seem to know what it takes to succeed? Maybe that someone is you? I see it as the difference between knowing and doing.

The world is full of avenues of ideas, hope and knowledge, but the implementation of those ideas is the difference between knowing and doing. Over the years I have studied many of successful people, looked at what made them successful and how they maintained their success. Not all of them were the brightest students with the highest GPA, but they were doers, action takers and dedicated to their craft. These people have the ability to persevere in the toughest of challenges and seem to have an unending belief in themselves.

I am not going to go into who they are, because this is about you, not them. This is about how you can improve yourself and start the process of moving in a more positive direction. Each and every one of us has latent potential, something lying below the surface that we have not identified or tapped into. There are many areas of this latent potential, one being, Self Confidence. Self Confidence is a much misaligned phrase, that almost all people suffer from a lack of, let me explain.

When we think of Self Confidence we do not always think of it in categories, we just think of the overall aura of a person. There are many areas that all of us have confidence in, areas that we feel in control. The problem can be that some of theses areas do not lead to success or even happiness. These areas can be called “Comfort Zones”. When we are in them, we shine or we are in total control of ourselves. it is when we leave these areas that doubt arises and we lose our confidence. A Doctor in the operating room can be one of the most confident creatures on earth, but put that same Doctor in a social setting and they may be a wallflower. Now in this case, they are confident in an area that can lead to riches, and the social setting may not have much effect on their income. This is not true for ALL people though.

I had a student who was brilliant in the area of accounting, he could sit with a set of books and decipher every number and line item. The unfortunate problem was that his social skills lacked confidence. In a room with numbers he was in his comfort zone, but with people in any setting he was so meek that he was totally ineffective. In his line of work he had to interact with others both in the office and in public, his inability to do this caused him years of pain and failure. The difference between knowing and doing, he knew his craft, but articulating that to others was his lack of doing.

So many times we settle for getting by, when we should not settle for anything but pursuing our goals and dreams.

About rtg7

Leadership trainer, consultant, and educator. Maximizing and developing human potential for leaders and organizations.
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