S:0169 Distinction: Driving vs. Steering

(Distinctions are subtleties of language that, when gotten, cause a shift in a belief, behavior, value or attitude.)


Years ago — long before I understood the concept of distinctions — I used this distinction with my kids as each was learning to drive.

Almost anyone with a reasonable level of motor-center skills can learn to steer a car. Accelerator, brake, steering wheel, not a complex combination. With a moderate level of practice steering becomes automatic.

Driving, however, requires more. Driving includes awareness of traffic, weather, available light, roadbed condition, hills, distractions, construction, and the constant ability to respond to what others may do, logically or illogically.

In short, driving is distinct from steering because driving includes wisdom.


Coaching Point: What other areas can you think of to apply the essence of this distinction?


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