Knowing and doing

Someone once wisely said, “it’s not knowing what to do, it’s doing what you know” – this is not only true in the most obvious way, it’s also something that we all struggle with. Practically and pragmatically applying all that great head knowledge we have seems to be a daunting task.

Sometimes we don’t do what we know because we’re uncertain of the outcome and doing nothing is the safest choice. Other times, our motivation to not act stems from fear. Too often, however, it is simply procrastination at it’s finest. We believe that situations will change, other people will figure it out or that maybe others don’t really notice, but we do. We know inside when we should have acted or spoken up.

“…the best possible way to prepare for tomorrow is to concentrate with all your intelligence, all your enthusiasm, on doing today’s work superbly today. That is the only possible way you can prepare for the future.” ― Dale Carnegie, How to Stop Worrying and Start Living

I find that I’m often an expert at thinking what others should be doing but not actually doing what I know to do. That is challenge and the opportunity before us today – inspecting our situation and circumstances, finding the one thing we know we need to do and then taking up the courage to go do it. If the motivations are for the good of others and those we work alongside and serve, then the outcome we can expect is positive.


Are you procrastinating? Make this the week to do what you know needs to be done.

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