What is the biggest GAP? If you put the word GAP in a google search, you would think that it is only a clothing store. GAP has done a great job at owning the search engine to ensure they pop up first. However, I am talking about the other gap: definition: a break or hole in an object or between two objects. an unfilled space or interval; a break in continuity.
So what is the biggest GAP? The biggest GAP is between knowing and doing. Yep that is it. That is the biggest GAP. How many times do we know what we should do, but we don’t do it? I can speak for myself and say a lot. Matter of fact, I am sure there will be something this weekend that I do that I know I shouldn’t. Like eating a Mighty Meaty Wick from Wick’s pizza with a few beers. However, I will put in a few miles of running right afterwards. Still doesn’t make it right 🙂
Example: Sorry smokers but its true. How many years now have the surgeon generals been telling you that smoking causes cancer and other health related problems? Many. But people still smoke. How many of us know that texting while you drive is dangerous? All of us, right. Do we still do it? Yep, because we are smarter, right? How many of us know we should get the project done now instead of waiting until next week, when we will be pressed for time and it will be last minute?
So if this is the biggest GAP. What do we do about it? Well, I am a process guy. I have to develop processes to protect me from myself at times. Since we as human beings are habitual to a fault, we have to develop the disciplines and the processes that over time become habitual, just like the current habits you have established that you shouldn’t be doing.
1. Pick something out that you know you should be doing and you are not. EX: Reading more, working out, stopping smoking, procrastination on something, etc.
2. Now write down this commitment and take a picture of it with your smartphone and make it your wallpaper on your phone. Studies show that most people check their phone 135 times a day. So you will see that commitment a lot. 135 times a day at least and this is only if you are average and if you are reading my blog you are not average 🙂 you are above average.
3. What other processes can you put into place to keep you from falling into the GAP between knowing and doing?
There are many things you can do to hold yourself accountable. I am currently working with many people on developing processes to ensure they stay accountable to the goals they have set for themselves. Please contact me if you are interested in learning more about these processes, also share with me some things you do to bridge the GAP between knowing and doing.