Week 2 is all about learning what I can do and what I actually do. Being aware of them helps me to close the gap between what I know and what I do.
- Most people know a lot but not doing anywhere near their knowledge level.
- People do things they do not want to do, hence getting results they do not want to get.
- Only by changing paradigms, you can change your behaviour, which will change your results.
What is the knowing-doing gap?
Bob Proctor introduces the idea of knowing-doing gap, which is the difference between how much a person know, i.e. his/her knowledge, and how much that person is doing. We learn a lot about different things in life, but how often do we actually do it?
For example, I know a lot about the theory of sales and marketing, but am I a good salesman? Far from it. This is my knowing-doing gap that I need to close. There are 60 trillions in US dollar per year that corporations spend on training their staff, helping people to know more. However the missing link here is that we need to help people to DO more.
Why people do what they do?
Imagine someone who needs to get in shape, they have just started dieting and exercise. Then they see their favourite cake. They know that it is not right to eat that cake, it will not help them achieving their goal of getting into a good shape. However most of the time we observe that they will eat the cake anyway.
So why do people know that doing something will harm them, but they do it anyway?
The answer lies in our subconscious mind. It is the way we are programmed to do. Imagine you have been eating excessively in the last 10 years, now suddenly you want to stop doing all that? How would your mind react to it? The subconscious mind resists change. It does not like doing new things. If the current way is safe, why doing something different?
Well, the answer here is that we need to implement a new programming into our subconscious mind, getting it to perceive another way as “safe”. Because only by changing ourselves, we can get different results.
What do I need to work on?
Firstly, I need to work on my concentration ability. I find myself easy to be distracted by mobile phones. So what do I imagine my life will be if I am able to concentrate?
- I concentrate on the task at hand, and will keep going until it is done.
- I only access my phone 2 times during work hour, 11am and 4pm.
- I still have access to the phone to answer phone calls and text messages.
- I turn off most notifications except phone calls and text messages.
- I get more done during the day and be more productive.
Secondly, I want to work on my organizational skill. I am aware that I do not have the cleanest apartment in the world. So let’s do something about that.
- I clean the dishes after cooking and eating.
- I vacuum the apartment at least once a week.
- I keep the desk organized with labeled items.
- I throw away boxes that I no longer need.
This lesson help me figure out the knowing-doing gap: what are my undesirable results and how to address them. I can see the clarity in my actions now and will follow the new way that leads me to the result I want.
“Do everyday things in a new way to get the brain thinking in new ways.” – Jesse Itzler
By Tuan Nguyen