There’s No Difference Between Theory And Practice…

…in theory!

This is the same principle as the:
“Map is not the world,” or “All models are inaccurate by definition.”

As Mike Tyson put’s it, “Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the face.”

The reality is that there is a significant difference between: theory, the idea, the plan, the map – and – practice, the execution, the battle, the world.

Differences in events, environmental conditions, relationships, dependencies exist in practice. Which is probably why it’s called practice.

Whilst you begin with the theory, you execute with practice. Can you play a guitar without knowing guitar music theory? Technically yes. Of course, knowing the theory will improve your technique immeasurably. But knowing the theory is not enough.

Expecting practice (the execution, the battle, the world) to be exactly like the theory is the chief cause of stress!!

Think about it.

Every time you’re stressed. You have a mental model, a theory, in your head and something in the real world doesn’t match the theory. That’s (always) it. You have a theoretical expectation of someone, or theoretical plan to achieve something, or theoretical idea about customers, or driving, or …

…and the practice no longer matches the theory.

The trick is to let go the theory. Centre on the now. Accept the reality of the universe.

Because the only place there is no difference between theory and practice, is in theory.


How to Conquer Your Fears

We often operate from positions of insecurity don’t we. From concerns about our performance, to whether people like us, from financial stress, to the fears that our kids get hurt, or make a catastrophic career mistake.

So we operate much of our life prophylactically: Our learning, family relationships, career, finances, faith (or non-belief system), even our friendships. We operate from a position of “What if…” And then we opt out of the areas where the “what ifs” may happen.

  • What if I lose my job?
  • What if our friends move?
  • What if our daughter get’s involved with the wrong crowd?
  • What if…
  • What if…

And that’s not the way to success. Nor happiness.

The more we achieve, earn, grow, and meet, the more “what ifs” we generate. Because we have more to lose.

There are just two approaches to conquer your fears. To get out of your comfort zone where the magic happens:

1. “Amat Victoria Curam”

Or as the Scout’s motto: “Be prepared.” As much as you can, be prepared. Become skilled. Learn resourcefullness. For everything you can take responsibility for, learn and prepare. Get out there and practice.

“What if I lose my job?” Prepare! Practice interviewing, keep your CV up-to-date, network, learn more about your industry. Quit your job even.

Don’t prepare out of fear. Rather continue to become the best you can be wherever you’re at.

2. “I’ll accept it.”

This is a tidbit from Neil Strauss in his interview about his latest book on the James Altucher Show. For those things that you really cannot take responsibility for. The people that leave you, the terminal disease, the bush fire that takes your house, and the lottery win. Accept them.

Chose now that you’ll accept it if the unimaginable happens.

The power of preparing for every eventuality (not avoiding but preparing for) and accepting there’s a higher power than you allows you to take the sting out of the enemy’s sword.

You become calm and centred.

Then you can confidently move out of your comfort zone.