S:0778 Distinction: Know vs. Understand

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

 

To understand something is to have figured it out, to have found your way through it logically. When you understand you comprehend it. Understanding is a thinking, linear process and that’s a good thing. You want to be able to think and to think very well. There are great payoffs for being a good thinker, for being good at understanding.

To know is different. When you understand, you “wrap your mind around it.” When you know, you are wrapped up in it.

Knowing is a visceral, feeling-based, full-body experience, far greater than merely having an understanding in your head.

Thinking is the power of reason, the ability to make judgments, to solve problems, and to make decisions. Practice getting better at thinking so that you will understand more.

Also allow yourself to tap into an even greater awareness which exists beyond your mind. Allow yourself to come to know. When knowing is added to your excellent thinking you will experience life more fully.

 

Coaching Point: You know?

 

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