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Here’s the Solution to Your Biggest Challenge

The greatest gap is between knowing and doing

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Recently my soon-to-be-10 year old son was doing his weekly job of vacuuming the family room floor when he proclaimed with frustration, “This is going to take forever!”

I noticed he was using our little stick vacuum, so I responded, “I think if you were to use the big vacuum you could finish faster.”

He replied, “I know.”

And continued to use the stick vacuum.

“I know” seems to be one of my kids’ favorite phrases, so I’ve developed a favorite response of my own:

If you know… then do.

Leadership guru John Maxwell wrote:

The greatest gap is the gap between knowing and doing.

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I think he’s right.

We find ourselves in a lot of difficult situations in life. Most of the time we know what we need to do.

  • Feeling tired, overweight and out of shape? Eat healthier, exercise regularly and see your doctor for an annual physical.
  • Feeling distant from your spouse, kids, a friend? Love them unconditionally, be intentional about spending time with them, and listen attentively, even if they don’t treat you the same way.
  • Is an addition to alcohol, pornography, games, gambling, food or something else keeping you from life you really want? Find a step program or an accountability group.
  • Feeling distant from God? Read the bible and pray every day. Get involved with a church or bible study. Serve others.

This is not rocket science, is it? You’ve heard all these solutions before, right?

Most of the time we know what we need to do, but the solution is difficult, uncomfortable and requires sacrifice. We may say we’re too busy, need to research options or are “praying about it,” but the truth is we’re often just procrastinating in the hopes that an easier solution will come along.

If you know… then do.

What do you know you need to do?

10 Responses to “Here’s the Solution to Your Biggest Challenge”

  1. great post Paul!

  2. In German we say “Der Geist ist willig, aber das Fleisch ist schwach” which means the same gap between seeing what to do and doing it.

    Cheers from Germany


    • Interesting Hansjörg. Google translates that as “The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” It’s from the bible – Matthew 26:41

  3. Very sensible advice Paul. Most of the time, we only recognize our flaws, but we always fail to do the right action to correct it.

  4. This is certainly relevant for me. I have been working on a blog for a while and have not fully launched it yet. The problem is I’ve been so caught up in trying to make everything perfect that I have yet to make it public. I know that I need to just pick a few of my writings post them and be done with it!

    • Troy, that reminds me a favorite quote of mine: Done is better than perfect (author unknown).

      Do it! Launch that blog!

  5. Good words here Paul. Been trying to do away with what I would consider an addiction to negative thinking. So, you’re post is appreciated. Thanks.

  6. Its true. “Its better to do something than to sit ideal doing nothing.”

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