If you had to sum up life it could really be summed up in one sentence.
You spend most of your life trying to close the GAPs in the most important areas of your life.
The GAP between what you might be asking. The GAP between you and everything you want out of your life and want in your life.
So what is a GAP? Lets get a definition for this first.
A GAP is described as a break in continuity. I also like the definition of an, unfilled space or interval.
So where are some GAPS in your life?
Here is a quick list of GAPS that may or may not pertain to you? This list is by no means final and is up to each person to create their own.
A Success GAP: The GAP between the expectations you have of yourself and where you currently are today.
The Health GAP: The GAP between your current health situation and the health situation you would like to have.
The Relationship Gap: This could be a lot of different relationships in your life such as: with your wife, your boss, your children, your parents, your neighbor, etc. The GAP between where your relationship is today and where you would like that relationship to be.
The Confidence GAP: Where you stand today with your confidence in your own abilities and skills in an area of importance to you versus you pursuing that of which eludes you.
The Communication GAP: Most likely this GAP exists in a variety of different ways in your life. It could be the lack of communication from your boss, the lack of communication you and your spouse may have, and may more areas of your life that are important.
The Income GAP: This is the GAP in between your current financial status and the status you want to have.
So how do we close the GAP? That is really all we can seek to do.
Like everything in life. The first thing you have to do is become aware that it exists. In this case, you have a GAP in one of the above described areas, or another area in your life. Once you identify the GAP. Then you can seek the information to help you close the GAP.
Lets use the Health GAP as an example. What is the GAP? What is the current situation for you and secondly, what is the desired situation you want.
I’ll use myself as an example. I have a GAP in between where I am today and where I would like to be ten months from now at age 40. At age 40, I seek to be in the best shape of my life. Which would require me to be at 195, my blood pressure being at 120/75, my BMI at 15-20, and have all of the major health tests conducted and show that I am a healthy forty year old man. I would even love it if they said I was better than average. I don’t want to be just average.
So where is the GAP? I currently weight about 200 or so. My BMI is closer to 24, my blood pressure is usually around the 120/80-83 mark. And I haven’t had all of the major tests a forty-year old should get yet. Although I know the surface level GAP’s of where I am and where I want to be, I have to go to the doctor to get all of the necessary facts to totally see the entire picture.
Once the GAP is identified, I can now learn and create an action plan to close the GAP.
For you to close any GAP in your life, you first have to go through the process of determining that a GAP exists. The GAP is the space between where you are and where you want to be.
After the you identify the GAP, the big question becomes how bad do you want to close the GAP? What is the intensity of your desire to make this GAP smaller and smaller.
This GAP will exist as long as you want it to exist.
Now here is the GAP Closer. Now that you have identified the GAP, and your desire to close the GAP is strong. What do you do?
You go and get the knowledge and education you are missing to close the GAP. Now the chances are you may already have some of the knowledge and education, but you just aren’t applying it. That is another blog for another day. But for you to close the GAP in anything you have to apply the necessary knowledge and education you already know, or go out and find the right information and knowledge and then apply it.
This is the only way to close the GAP. Once you start this process, you can speed the process up, or you can take forever to close the GAP. It is up to you.
The key to closing a GAP in any area of you life, is identifying you have a GAP. Once you do this, you then have to identify your motive and desire to close this GAP. After that, you either must apply what you already know, or go out and get the information so you can apply it to closing the GAP.
Life is really a big GAP that you are costly managing and seeking to close. If you don’t have any GAP’s in your life, then my guess is you don’t have any goals or dreams, which is probably the reason you don’t have any GAPs.
If you want to start closing some GAPS in your life, then reach out to me. I coach leaders, sales people, and individuals who want to close the GAPs in their life. I have found that without some help and accountability, closing GAP’s can be very difficult. Everybody needs someone to push them to accomplish the things in their life that require them to change something in their life.
How big are the GAPs in your life? How bad do you want close them? The only way to closing the GAP is getting the knowledge and education you are missing, and then having someone hold you accountable to applying it.
To your success and you future.