We often know what we should do and even how to do it, but we simply don’t follow through. Good intentions get defeated by inactivity.
The knowing-doing gap may be the biggest obstacle we face as we aspire to live a full and productive life. Sometimes, the gap between knowing and doing is more inhibiting than the gap between ignorance and knowing.
Knowing what to do is not enough; we must do. Establishing habits will help.
How long does it take to build a new habit?
Phillippa Lally is a health psychology researcher at University College London. In a 2009 study published in the European Journal of Social Psychology, Lally and her research team reported that it takes anywhere from 18 to 254 days for people to form a new habit.
Habits help, but they can be difficult to establish. A personal coach will help make the difference.
The value of having a private coach
The best and quickest way for an individual to negotiate long lasting behavioral change is to hire a personal coach—someone who will guide your development and hold you accountable for mutually set goals.
Lifelong Learning—Make It a Habit
This book, Lifelong Learning, explains 10 practical steps to cultivate lifelong learning:
- pursue a broad education
- travel extensively
- pursue invigorating relationships
- learn from successes and failures
- solicit a personal coach
- learn from others and from your own experiences
- maintain a bucket list
- learn from significant thoughts
The key is to make these 10 actions a regular part of your life—to make them habits.
You can do it.