I was reading a blog post from Minimal Wellness author Rebecca Shern this morning. The topic of the blog was that ‘Personal wellness is 80 percent behavior and 20 percent knowledge.’ This struck a chord with me as I continue to struggle with maintaining fitness and weight loss due to the physical ups and downs of life past forty.
The reality is that I know what to do, I’m just not so great at doing it. We can quickly find ourselves slipping from a position of motivation when the going gets rough. Like many others I’m sure, I find inspiration in reading just one more blog or researching just one more cutting edge idea. Unfortunately, putting awesome information into my brain does not directly result in putting one foot in front of the other when it comes to getting off the couch and getting active. Change only comes when I take action and put that knowledge into practice.
It’s no different when it comes to lean thinking. Possibly part of the issue is that we call it lean thinking and not lean doing. I’ve read a lot of lean books and articles, I’ve watched videos of some of the most noteworthy lean gurus speaking about what to do. I have, without question, lots of lean knowledge. However, if I fail to encourage team members to practice, if I sit on the lean ‘couch’ and don’t put one foot in front of the other by driving the development of people and the implementation of improvement, I’m effectively becoming a lean couch potato. In lean, I know what to do and I’m doing it. I’m fit and active when it comes to lean, despite the daily challenges.
Now, I just have to apply the same commitment and drive when facing my real couch.