Knowing Right Thing, Doing It

Wed27Oct10

The truth of the matter is that you always know the right thing to do. The hard part is doing it.
– General H. Norman Schwarzkopf

There is a difference between knowing what to do and really doing the same. We all know what to do if we want to reduce weight. We know that we should say no to sweet, say not to eating temptations, say no to fatty and oily food etc. We know that the best way to succeed in life is to nurture good relationship with people. We know that if we give up smoking, we will avoid cancer. We know that if we save today, we can secure tomorrow.

We know all this. Don’t we? But do we do what we already know? If we do so, I will not be writing this and you will not be reading the same!

It calls for a willpower to do want we have to do. It calls for a focus and purpose. It calls for a determination to pursue our plan of action. It calls for a mature mindset. We need to market the outcome for any action plan and not the action plan by itself. For example, jogging everyday for half an hour is an action plan. The end result is health. Saying no to sweets is an action plan. The end result is weight reduction. More often than not we sell the idea of an action plan alone. We get convinced that we have to jog, we have to eat right etc. But we don’t explore why we should do what we decided to do. Unless and until we are convinced how exciting will be the result of what we have undertaken to do.

The next important thing to do what we have undertaken to do is to know well to do it. What to do is one thing, but how well to do it is another thing. For example take early morning walking. All the walking you do is not the right way to practice walking. There is a specific way and unless you know it, you will not have the complete benefit of walking.

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