“The knowing is easy. It’s the doing that gives us trouble.” ~ Vannetta Chapman
I’m pretty sure each of us knows what to do. Some of us have even written books about what to do. Some of us tweet, Facebook, blog and talk about what to do until we have a crowd of followers convinced that we know stuff. Generally speaking, we do know stuff.
Knowing stuff is the easy part.
Then there’s doing stuff. Not always so easy.
There’s a big difference between knowing stuff and doing stuff. It’s all so easy until we actually have to prove our theories. It’s a piece of cake until we actually have to practice what we preach. The truth is, knowing stuff is a walk in the park compared to actually doing stuff. Especially doing the stuff we know.
Ever heard the phrase “armchair quarterback?” How about “back seat driver?”
I’m sure those phrases were crafted about some other people.
Not about me or you, right?
It’s easy to sit in a church, an office, an anywhere and become the expert on what so and so should have done. Then that person (not me or you, right?) is likely to launch into some sort of rant that begins something like, “If I were king, I would…” – sound familiar? Not to me or you, right?
Here’s a reality check:
- What if we WERE actually the one responsible?
- What if we had to do what we know and others depended on us getting it right?
Here’s another reality check:
- It’s different when you’re the one being put on the spot.
- It’s different when you are the one who is actually responsible.
- It’s different when you have the actual big picture.
Maybe that person who is so “knowledgeable” (not me or you, right?) will actually focus on doing something this week.
Maybe They should.
OK… maybe it is me or you.
Maybe we should.