"In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice... but in practice there is."
In other words, there is a huge distinction between talking about problems and solutions vs. actually taking action. Even harder, executing the right actions which lead to successful outcomes.
Personally, I spent two decades of my professional career talking about the greatness of "stuff" without having to worry about the execution. Yep, sales. Baddabing. Baddaboom. A lucrative career from making promises on which other people had to deliver.
Several years ago, a true
But there was no thing. I had to create the thing. And then sell it.
Then, I had to figure out how to actually deliver it and make sure it worked. Not just sales... but product development and execution.
My new mantra became, "Shoot me. Shoot me now."
Luckily it all worked out and the thing has become a resounding success. Never you mind about all that blood, sweat and tears. Okay, no blood. (Well, maybe almost.) But it was worth it.
Even better, I now get to work with an amazing team of people who also saw the vision in the thing and worked (are still working) their arses off as well. They totally rock.
The point is, it takes work to get beyond the theory. It takes action and energy to make a difference.
Whether it's a personal goal or starting a business; talking about how much we believe in something or even want to do it, won't make it so.
Remember my P90X quote from Tom Kinsman:
"Successful people do the things that people who aren't successful won't do."
The reason why not everyone does the work is because the work is hard. It's a lot easier to talk about that great new exercise program or an inspiring theory or a cool self-help book.
Basking in theory is even more fun in groups. "Hey - we should start a walking club! Let's talk about it over lunch!"
Of course, I say all of this without judgment as it's something I have to really work on in my own life. If I were better at taking action, I would have finished my book by now. I would have been a keynote speaker at one of those events last week instead of sitting in the audience thinking about what I want to be when I grow up.
Practicing what you preach sure is a b*tch.
One of the more inspiring people I met last week sent me this great quote from the movie Scent of a Woman where Al Pacino says, "I've been at the crossroads in my life and I knew what the right road was; without question I knew. But, I didn't take it. Know why? It was just too, damn, hard."
So what's your crossroads? What is the thing you've been talking about but not actually doing? What have you been "meaning to do"?