How to Bridge the Gap Between Knowing & Doing

23 Feb

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How many times have you said to yourself
“I know I should eat better / workout more / reduce stress but…”

You said it, and maybe you did get started. At some point you wonder how you could have misplaced that brand new leaf you just turned over.  You might also notice that the winds of change that so urgently filled those crisp, bright sails are now calm.

And there you are, a few clicks off the starting point, yet nowhere close to the intended destination. If you find that knowing something isn’t enough to get it done, but you are also not doing what it takes to get the results you want to see, don’t be discouraged.  There’s been a breakdown in the process.  Below, I have outlined what I see as the process from inspiration to manifestation Perhaps the bird’s eye view I share below can help you find your way back onto the path of manifesting your intentions.

Motivation: Whether it’s a new idea, or if it’s something that has been on your mind for while, you are ready!  The strongest impetus for change comes from within.  Don’t settle for someone else’s reason to do it.  The greatest reward comes with the investment of your true SELF.

Mental Shift: Whether through frustration or inspiration, you decide to make a change or start something new. Whenever you change your mind, you are ready to start moving in the direction of the shift.  This works best if the people around you are supportive of you (read: time to diss the nay-saying suckas).

*ding ding ding* …this right here… this is the gap.  people decide stuff all day long, but real change happens when you take action, even if it isn’t perfect!  please read on.

Behavior Shift: You begin putting action toward implementing the new way of being. This works best if you have a buddy to support you in making small incremental changes.  Set yourself up for success by doing things like prepping ahead, getting places earlier, responding promptly, taking smart, beneficial snacks along during your busy day, or taking notes to break down a large project into smaller ones.  Bonus: breaking little habits helps you make bigger changes.

Consistent Action Over Time: You sustain the new behavior.   This works best in the context of a lifestyle that supports the change.  This is usually the one that kicks you while you’re down.  Right about the time when you feel like you’ve been busting your ass for long enough, a challenge will come along and knock you on what you’ve just busted.  This is not the time to give in.

Are You Ready To Do?
I heard somewhere that when inspiration comes, the idea is ready to manifest… and I would add that the inspired idea chose you because you are perfect for manifesting it.  If it is in your mind, and it serves your highest purpose, the universe is ready to support you.

What do you think helps to bridge the gap between knowing and doing?  I would love to hear your thoughts.

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4 Responses to “How to Bridge the Gap Between Knowing & Doing”

  1. devessel February 23, 2010 at 11:52 pm #




  2. anandaleeke February 24, 2010 at 5:17 pm #

    This was key for me: “The strongest impetus for change comes from within. Don’t settle for someone else’s reason to do it. The greatest reward comes with the investment of your true SELF.”

    I really needed this post for my yoga practice, half-marathon training, commitment to keep a clutter-free/organized/clean home, and book projects. Thank you. Love your blog. I also love your Twitter bird box logo. Very cute.

    • compassionaterenegade February 24, 2010 at 10:41 pm #

      i’m so glad this resonated for you. that commitment to and guarding your standards will serve you well.

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