Most successful people know what needs to be done. They know how to do their job, how to create a plan and how to get results. Knowledge is critical, and life teaches us it’s not what you know, it’s what you do with what you know.
I am an executive coach and one lucky person. I have the honor and privilege of spending quality time with leaders and other successful people. I see a lot, hear a lot and learn a lot. Something I noticed and something you may already know is, we know enough. Yes, we know enough about whatever it is we need to know about. What’s missing is simply doing it. You might want to change careers, start a new business, prioritize, delegate or make something happen. Whatever it is, it’s likely you already know enough about what needs to happen and all you need to do is do it. If it sounds simple, it’s because it is simple, it’s just not easy.
We live in the Information Age and data is at our fingertips. We can know anything about anything at any time. The belief we must know more is no more real than the earth is flat. Some call it analysis paralysis and others call it an excuse. Have you ever felt like you were accomplishing something just by knowing what to do? You know what needs to happen and you know how to make it happen, but nothing changes. I have, and it doesn’t work. It might make you feel better and even like you have accomplished something. Sometimes we get stuck and we fool ourselves into thinking we are doing something when we are simply knowing. The reality is we need action to get us from where we are to where we want to go.
My role as a coach is not to teach. It’s to listen, learn and facilitate. Listen to the situation, learn what needs to happen and do something about it. I am not a genius and certainly no smarter than you or anyone else. What I have learned is success stems from knowing and happens from doing. Being addicted to knowing leaves little to no time for doing. Do you know what I mean?
The purpose of this article is to remind you of something you may already know: you know enough. It’s time to do something and the good news is, you already know what to do.
Enjoy the ride!
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Robert Paulson is an international executive + leadership coach and can be reached at Info@RobertPaulson.coach