The Process: Knowing vs Doing Part 2

This entry is part 11 of 28 in the series Leadership

To do or to know. To be or to seem. This is a pretty interesting topic. It seems to be at the heart of success, on and off the court. We all know what we should do, yet many times we do not. Sometimes it’s because we cannot.  Sometimes it’s because we fail to do what we can do. How can we make that knowing doing?

Why can’t we accomplish the goal?  Why do we fail?  Is it our limitations? Is it our failure to prepare? Is it a result of a previous action? Is it a result of being out performed? Is it “bad luck?”

Of course, other questions can be asked.  Why do we accomplish goals?  Why do we succeed? What are the reasons that we “do” successfully? How can we successfully “do” more often?

We make decisions every second of our lives.  Some of these decisions are of greater consequence than others.  Yet we choose how we spend our days. We choose when we eat, sleep, brush our teeth, shower, read, watch TV, make a phone call, type an email, and drive a car just to name a few.  Each of these decisions involve other decisions.

The amount of time we spend doing what we do is a choice as well.  Do we know what we need to do? Do we do what we know we need to do?  Do we know how to do what we need to do? Do we know our limitations?  Do we prepare?

Life is such a challenging game. We can be constantly learning and acquiring information, but at some point we have to do.  We must apply what we learn. We must do. It’s not enough to know.

As coaches, our responsibility is to our players. We must teach our players so that they know. We must practice what we preach so that they can see what it looks like to do. They may not see us do, but they should see the results of what we do. We can talk about what we do and how it generates results. Finally, we must help them learn how to do what they know.

If only it were so simple. It’s complicated. It’s hard. It’s our responsibility.  Whether it’s careers, relationships, school, family, money, or basketball, we must help them know what to do and then do it. Inevitably, these areas are woven in a complex web. They are rarely completely separated from each other. Yet, we must know, teach, and act in this complex environment.


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