Over the years I’ve often heard people say ‘I don’t know how to do this’ or ‘I’m not sure about ...........X’
The reality is in this day and age is not that we don’t have enough information, but more a case of having too much information. We have the internet, search engines and even a company’s name now being used as a verb to look for something; we really don’t lack information.
Often, even when we have all the information we still don’t do anything. The biggest gap as it’s called, the gap between knowing and actually doing.
How many people do you know of who have had all the information, resources and time to do something they say they’ve wanted but it never actually happens? ………..Yeah me too!
Several reasons spring to mind but very often they come down to these three.
1) Fear - of what others may say. That they may not reach their goals or targets, the fear of being ridiculed or the fear of failure. This is quite debilitating for many. The thought of what other people may say, even though they probably wouldn’t have the guts to try whatever it is you’re doing themselves, fills them with dread so much that they cannot contemplate going for it.
2) They don’t really want what they said. They say they want something but not really bad enough to put themselves out or do what is required to get the results. More often than not, it’s merely a wish rather than a burning desire to achieve something and all too often the person gives up at the first sign of difficulty or challenge, with the result that they then beat themselves up for being a failure which only adds fuel to the fire of failure.
3) They don’t believe they can actually achieve what they want. Whether that is to build a successful team or business or become a single figure golfer, if the belief is not there, then the person’s actions will be tailored accordingly. Ending in failure.
The biggest gap can sometimes never be bridged unless we look at what we are trying to achieve and decide it is worth going after, believe we can achieve it and face our fears in whatever shape they may appear.
The biggest gap will always be the biggest gap if we don’t actually do something and at least make an attempt to bridge the gap. And like anything, if at first you don’t succeed, try again and again.
I didn’t say it was going to be easy but then again almost everything worthwhile is challenging and certainly not easy.
In the fullness of time you may just surprise yourself that the gap isn’t quite so big after all.
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