My niece recently postulated that you cannot really know something until you do it. You can’t say you know how to eat well if you eat Twinkies for breakfast but know you should be eating oatmeal. Or, you can’t say you know how to raise children by watching Leave it to Beaver or God help us, The Simpsons. You actually have to go get your own kids and live through the temper tantrums, the 20-inning baseball games, the bad decision making, and the late nights worrying. Then and only then do you know how to raise kids.
Being good at it is another story for another day. But for now, doing, acting upon, process, follow through; Action is the key. Imagining and contemplation have their place. But if you want to be a master of something, it involves action verbs.
When you were little you never had to motivate yourself to learn something. If you wanted to build a sand castle you worked and worked until it was finished. Along the way you learned the water to sand ratio, you learned basic physics through trial and error, and you learned about time and tides and the power of water through experience, not by reading a book or a tide chart.
Somewhere along the way we lose that exploration gene and we need motivation. It is different for each of us. Some of us are motivated by money, others by the sheer joy of completing a task list.
My motivation lies in the process, I truly enjoy writing. My issue du jour isn’t that I don’t know how to write a book. I know how to write a book because I have done it, but I’m not sure I know how to write a good book. So a very smart woman gave me a very good book and said, “Read more of these.”
And so I shall…and I suppose I will bring one to the next 20-inning game!
What do you know by doing?