Knowing Sucks. Start Doing.
A lesson on driving and the best way to actually gain muscle, make more money, or accomplish whatever goal you want.
Do you remember when you learned how to drive a car? I do.
That’s because memories of screeching tires, stalling out on hills, and inching precariously close to parked vehicles on neighborhood streets are permanently etched into my mind.
My dad — great man that he is — sat in the passenger seat and was patient and reassuring even though I’m sure he was scared shitless that his oldest son was on the verge of killing him and anyone else who was unfortunate enough to be within a 3-mile radius of our car.
Anyway, what I remember most about learning to drive was saying “I know” over and over in varying degrees of alarm or anger.
My dad would gently suggest something — “Make sure you watch out for that car over here on the right…” — and I’d cut him off by saying “I know!” while nearly decapitating the passenger-side mirror.
A variation of that exchange happened dozens of times.
“All right now, just ease it into first gear…”
“OK, this time let’s try to park a few feet closer to the curb.”
“Let’s go apologize to that nice lady for scaring the holy hell out of her.”
I know, I know, I know.
Of course — and this should be no surprise — I didn’t know any of that stuff. I mean, yeah, I understood it. But I certainly wasn’t showing that I knew it. I wasn’t acting on my knowledge.
Becoming a decent driver took practice. Lots and lots of practice. (I won’t bore you with the details, so let’s just say my dad navigated me away from main streets and let me loose in an empty parking lot. Where I still managed to hit a shopping cart.)
But after a few weeks of practice, the “I knows” waned. Eventually, they stopped. Shortly after, I got my license and the story ends well. (I’ve caused zero fatalities so far. I think.)
Why Am I Telling You All This?
There’s a lesson here, one that I constantly have to remind myself of:
It’s easy to let “I knows” stop you from actually doing awesome things.
I’ve found that anything major I’ve accomplished in my life only happened when I stopped saying “I know” and started doing what I purported to know.
Making more money, having better relationships, improving my body — those only came when I outlined habits on a piece of paper, picked one, and followed it.
In our muscle-building coaching program, guys join in various stages of “I know.”
They know they need to eat big healthy meals. They know they should train with weights. They know they need to get 8 hours of sleep. But most are only doing one of those things. And some guys aren’t doing any at all, even though they “know” what to do.
That’s why we always introduce our clients to only one nutrition, training, or lifestyle habit at a time.
We take away their “I knows” and instead have them practice one thing, over and over, every day for two weeks.
And by the end of those two weeks, they really know. It’s evident. Why? Because they’ve put their knowledge into action.
The takeaway here is that whenever you want to accomplish something new — with your body, your finances, your whatever — try to stop saying “I know.”
Instead, take a piece of paper, write your goal at the top, and outline the habits you need to follow to get there.
And then pick one habit — just one — and do it every day, without fail.
Give it a try and let me know how it works for you. I think you’ll be surprised with how awesome it really is.
In the meantime, if you see me on the road, just give me a little wave. And don’t be scared.
Trust me. I know what I’m doing.
What’s ONE thing you “know” but aren’t currently doing? Do you want to gain muscle? Change careers? Ask out the hot bartender? Whatever it is, share it in the comments. Ask yourself this: What habits can I follow to get me there?