Posted by Howe Q. Wallace on Monday, April 7th, 2014
A friend of mine, Brett Trapp, tweeted this thought: “This is not your practice life.”
Does the statement cause you to reflect?
Certainly, the idea of a “practice life” when it comes to learning from experience is sound. Trying different strategies and experimenting with new behavior can result in mistakes and errors. Failure isn’t fatal. Learning from experience is a key way to a richer life.
I think this statement attacks procrastination and “going through the motions.” It has as a primary value the concept that time is the same resource for everyone and it flees.
There are things that we know we should do but fail to do. You can make a list. Experts call it the “knowing-doing gap.”
What’s important about the “knowing-doing gap” is that the theory says that most of us know what we need to do to have a better life. We just put off doing it.
It’s a simple thought but it is complex to do. We have many distractions. We have many temptations. We have many excuses.
But my friend’s statement brings it to a point. The theory of the “knowing-doing gap” says that all of us have a readymade agenda to improve life inside of us. Stuff we know we should do. Stuff that, if we did them, would cause things to become better around us.
The idea that this is not “a practice life” says that there isn’t time to waste. What are you waiting for? Get to work on the “gap.”