Closing the Gap: Common Sense vs Common Practice

November 30, 2015 at 6:28 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment


“Just because it’s common sense, doesn’t mean it’s common practice.” – Will Rogers

It can seem so much like common sense but challenging for ourselves or others to convert it into common practice. We can know what to do (even if we tell ourselves we don’t) but find every excuse in the book to not do it. The same reminder could keep showing up at the door many times within our learning and leadership journeys but we refuse to answer it differently. This theme of what we know (common sense) vs what we do (common practice) has come up a lot recently within our program days. So it’s had me digging a little deeper.

“Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.” – Jim Rohn

We definitely aren’t 7.4 billion robots executing flawlessly preprogrammed instructions each and every day. We are 7.4 billion humans imperfectly trying our best to survive, connect, learn, grow and thrive within complex and challenging interactions and circumstances. Within the myriad of choices we make in this process we are creating our individual and shared realities. What this looks like, and how it sounds and feels while we are navigating potential, has a lot to do with the habits that we have carved out of the precious hours that make up our busy days.

“There are risks and costs to action. But they are far less than the long range risks of comfortable inaction.” – John F. Kennedy

Using our daily thoughts, words and actions to explore what’s possible can be scary. But not challenging our comfort zones, moving towards and embracing what’s possible is probably scarier. As the quote above suggests (applying its logic from a different context) the ‘long range risks of comfortable inaction’ is far greater than compassionately developing common practice within our lives. I love the phrasing that Robin Sharma uses when he talks about having ‘the video aligned with the audio’. When we are out of alignment this is where suffering shows itself in our journeys.

“If it’s never our fault, we can’t take responsibility for it. If we can’t take responsibility for it, we’ll always be its victim.” – Richard Bach

This years mantra for me personally and for Explore Discover Act has been ‘really listen and intentionally act’. The mantra itself hasn’t ‘fixed’ all the uncertainties, challenges or issues that we as individuals or businesses face, but it has indeed acted as an important practice throughout this year. It has brought greater clarity of values, purpose and potential. It has assisted in deepening connection to self, others and the world around us. It has allowed me and us to respond most effectively and consistently through empowerment and intentionality. Just to name a few. How do you strive to close the gap between common sense and common pratice in your journey each and every day?

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” – Aristotle



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