Infographic: The Intention-Action Gap
The Intention-Action Gap represents the disconnect between what we want to do and what actually ends up happening. For example, we might create a plan for healthy eating but not follow it. While it’s a common challenge in the job search, it can cause our job hunt to grind to a halt.
The Intention-Action Gap
The Intention-Action Gap is the disconnect between our intentions and actions.
Why Does it Happen?
Our behavioural biases and procrastination can trigger this gap. Whether we intend to or not, we often select the path of least resistance over long-term positive outcomes.
How to Eliminate it in the Job Search
A decision you make for how, when and where you plan on doing something:
Implementation Intentions let the circumstance dictate your actions, not your motivation.
Sharing your intentions to do something with someone is a great way to be held accountable for achieving them. Communicating our commitment pushes us and motivates us to achieve our goals.
Mental Contrasting is a technique where we imagine the future we desire and contrast it with our current life- thinking about our potential barriers to plan for them.
By combining this technique with ‘Implementation Intentions,’ we can create an effective plan for achieving our goals:
- I reach out and get no response
- I reach out and get rejected
- The process discourages me