Eliminate the Gap Between Knowing and Doing!
Happy New Year everyone! I hope you had a safe and happy celebration as we enter 2012.
At this time of year, most people make resolutions or set new goals for themselves. But after the dust settles, and the hype is over, what will you actually do? What will you actually accomplish?
I can't remember who said it, but "the greatest gap in the world is between knowing and doing." That statement is so true (as I am sure you have experienced firsthand yourself). People will read books and books, and make plans, strategize, etc., but the "proof is in the pudding." In other words, just do it.
The action and execution mindset requires taking one day at a time, discipline, and real personal, self motivation. If you don't have those qualities, then you probably better find a coach or someone else who will "make you do it." Based on my experience, if you don't have those qualities when trying to achieve your goal, then you won't achieve your goal unless someone makes you do it, and keeps you accountable.
As I set goals for 2012, I think of two types of goals:
- Destination Goals
- Journey Goals
Destination goals are goals that we normally think of, like: "I want to get in shape. I want to lose 10 lbs. I want to increase sales by 20%."
Journey goals are the plan and strategy - the daily execution that will lead you to your destination goals. Journey goals might be: "I will run 2 miles a day. I will not eat sugar 6 days a week. I will make # sales calls per day."
What are your destination goals? What are your journey goals?Will you eliminate the gap between "knowing and doing" and accomplish your goals in 2012?
Take it one day at time. Be you. Expect success.
Full speed ahead!
Brian Strahle is the owner of LEVERAGE SALT, LLC where he provides state and local tax technical services to accounting firms, law firms and tax research organizations across the United States. He also writes a weekly column in Tax Analysts State Tax Notes entitled, "The SALT Effect." For more info, visit his website: www.leveragestateandlocaltax.com
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