Tip #10. The knowing-doing gap

If you’ve made it this far (and I didnt really think it would take me this looooong to do the 10 tips), good stuff ! Honey, you must really need to decompress.


I think that there’s lots more tips out there, some better than others. But you know what – you don’t really need 99 tips. I think sometimes, you just need the one.

I look at these tips now and I can’t seem to pick the best or the most important. I think they each have a lot of merit in them individually. If I could employ all of them, I am pretty sure I will be well on my way to achieving the things I have set out to do and so much more. These, I look back on, are not just tips for decompressing. These could be tips for a better life. Tips for a better relationship even and tips for approaching any problem. Funny that. I didn’t set out on that journey but there you go.

If I had to close with my final tip, I guess I would say : spend time on bridging the knowing-doing gap. I can re-read these tips myself many times as a reminder. But if that’s all it is, it stays on that plane. It’s just something to think about. 


I need to move from reminding myself and reading these tips to myself to actually doing something about it. That’s what the knowing-doing gap is about. It’s a realisation that there is a gulf between what we know we should do and what we actually do. The fact that we have a phrase such as this so universally known speaks volumes about the depth of the apparent challenge we face.


For a long time, I thought this and was practising this: keep reading new things, be open to new ideas. Explore.
And then I will practise some of these ideas. Then these ideas I read about can become my reality.
I found this not so easy.


Then I read somewhere that perhaps it should be the other way around.
Don’t keep reading and thinking about these things and then hoping for a change in behaviour or action.
What I read is that you don’t think your way into a new form of action. You act your way into a new form of thinking.
Hmmm… perhaps that could work. But don’t think too much about it, just start.


Best of luck!

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