When we are aware not only of ourselves but of our surroundings, when we’ve read all the updates and news, all the new skills required for the future. We have all the knowledge so that’s enough right? Wrong!
Have you heard of the G.I. Joe fallacy? It has been invented by Professor Laurie Santos and her colleague Tamar Gendler from Yale University and it’s built around the believe that knowing something is half the battle when in fact that is simply not true. Acknowledgement and awareness are undoubtedly important but not applying the knowledge does not take us any further than where we have been before the enlightenment. It creates shelf knowledge with a growing action gap. Piling on the trainings and readings is great but implementing them become actual skills and experience. So to overcome the knowing – doing gap - we need to take action, now!
Here are a few ways we could do that:
- Knowing who we want to be requires knowing who we are (not).
So closing on a year full of uncertainty, we make a promise to ourselves to take the lessons learned and go forward stronger. But before we embark on this journey, we need to ask ourselves where is it we want to go, what do we want to achieve, who do we want to be?
Maybe take some time to ponder those questions, they are very important! If we want to achieve something new, something different, then undoubtedly you need to start doing some things differently.
So take a moment to really think about that. And we urge you not to focus on material attainments but if that’ is what is important to you right now – focus on their meaning to you. How would your life change and have more purpose when those goals are achieved? This, of course would require some deeper self-exploration to reach the core of your drive and triggers. Our mindset is so powerful yet we spend so little time utilizing it purposefully.
That would require us to put some order in our lives, to get rid of stuff we no longer need in order to make space for whatever it is new we would like to welcome.
The rules of the game have changed. We are not blue collar factory workers on the assembly line anymore. We have discovered that there is more to life to than just hard work – life is about working hard towards a higher purpose. And that is true for individuals and for companies!
But you need to take control of your life if you want to stop living the same day over and over! If you are not sure how, talk to a friend, a counselor, a colleague, a professional, just don’t settle! Find your purpose and meaning. Put yourself in order by installing some “self” rituals!
Same way we are cleaning up our house and straightening the bed, we need to declutter from distractions and organize our surroundings with what is important and helpful in achieving our goal.
- Never stop adjusting
Because truth is, we are fully capable of bringing value into our lives and work, we just need to know where we’re aiming at and we fix our aim by looking inwards. Did you know that 90 percent of airplanes' flight time is off course? Despite that most of them arrive in the correct destination at the intended time. This is possible thanks to constant course correction that pilots do based on the instruction they receive from the air traffic control and the internal guidance system.
This analogy is valid for our own lives as well. Are we living on autopilot or are we constantly adjusting and improving?
Reaching our goals would require planning and investing in our path of transformation. Sometimes going to the next step requires some sacrifices. Focusing on the greater purpose we are fulfilling might entails forgoing instant gratification in the name of reaching our full potential.
It is amazing how many people are in planning and execution roles at their jobs but fail to plan and execute in their personal lives.
- Working hard with the end in mind
Working hard towards our goals and always, always giving it our best will inevitably bring results. Key point here – towards our goals. The ‘work fast, fail fast’ model is very popular nowadays however accumulating a whole lot of ‘don’t’-s, doesn’t necessarily bring us closer to knowing what are the ‘do’-s. Moreover, focusing on the short-term progress only, "People may spend their whole lives climbing the ladder of success only to find, once they reach the top, that the ladder is leaning against the wrong wall." as Thomas Merton has said. And this is when midlife crises, deep depressions and even suicidal thoughts happen.
There is no magic pill or recipe for success but there is knowing ourselves and knowing what we’re aiming at in the future, making space for what truly matters, planning our journey and always keeping focus on our why.
Looking at the year ahead if we have to leave you with one thought, it’s this: