In the movie The Matrix, Morpheus tells Neo that there’s a difference between knowing the path and walking the path. What this basically boils down to is that knowing and doing are two totally different concepts. Knowing is passive and doing is active. Walking the path allows us grow by facing challenges and struggles along the way. It builds character. Knowing the path is more theoretical.
Often times, intellectually, we know what the right path for us is. We think about it, envision it and we know what we need to do. Yet we fail to execute it. It’s much harder to walk the path than it is to know the path. Here’s a simple example: Say that I want to lose weight. I know that path I would need to take to reach my goal. But when it comes down to execution of walking the path, say I don’t make the time to exercise and will be oh so “tempted” by donuts or cookies that someone brings into the office. Or maybe I will opt for pizza when I know it’s healthier to make myself a nice salad at home. It’s simply easier to sleep in, rather than get up and exercise in the morning. And it’s easier to grab dinner out after a long day, rather than make myself something at home.
When it comes to knowing what we need to do or how we can reach our goals, knowledge is an important factor. But there’s one thing that is even more important – and that is experience. Experience is what allows us to fine tune what is really going to work for us, what is going to help us get to where we want to be. It’s our best teacher because we learn through trial and error what works and what doesn’t work. Abstract knowledge will only get you so far.
Your turn….Do you know the path, or are you walking the path?