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Bridging The Knowing Doing Gap - Part One

August 20, 2020 Exec Reset Season 1 Episode 5
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Bridging The Knowing Doing Gap - Part One
Show Notes

There is much to learn about our emotions and behavior during the 2nd wave of COVID-19. The choices we make about how to respond to threat is driven by complex emotions so it is necessary to recognize, and possibly change, our internal narrative to reconcile the complexity of what we are experiencing.  

In this podcast, we explore ways to narrow the gap between what we know and what we do. We look beyond the problem we are all facing (what we are losing or have to give up) and consider ways to accelerate positive outcomes in the face of adversity.

We explore four areas:

  1. Accept our emotional responses: most of us have lost something of value e.g. jobs, connections with extended family etc. so are likely to be experiencing strong negative responses. For us to clear a path to more positive feelings, we must first respect all our emotional responses, without giving them power over our choices. 
  2. Purpose: get clear about the future we wish to create and get excited about what we can contribute to others. Rather than focusing on what we must give up, try focusing on what we can gain. 
  3. Intrinsic motivation: identify activities that tap into our intrinsic need for autonomy, freedom and connection, within the constraints imposed upon us. Create positive opportunities that make you feel good and grateful e.g. family Zoom meetings or walks in the park. 
  4. Commitment and choices: share our purpose and dreams with the people around us then commit to the actions that are consistent with this commitment. 

Our emotions, values and beliefs can enable us to overcome the fear of disruption and uncertainty and help steer us in a positive direction. Through this pandemic we have all had to change our habits and behaviors and, while it has been hard, we now know it is possible. This knowledge is helpful when we face tough challenges in the future. If we can get through this, we can get through anything, right?