Two weeks ago, I wrote this blog post about me hesitating and not taking action. There’s a real benefit to action – it seems to eliminate fear. “Fear” is being scared of the unknown. The moment you take action, it’s no longer unknown.
Even when you really want to jump in, it can be hard to start; there seems to be a million and one things you can do and you want to take a moment to plan the best thing you can possibly do. Considered thought is fine, and you should always think about what you’re doing, but too much thought can lead to paralysis by analysis – where you’re permanently stuck in thought mode, looking for the perfect way to begin something.
You’d be far better off forgetting that “perfect” exists, and just doing “something”: one thing that sets you off in the direction of your goal. If you veer off track at any point, that’s OK, because there is always another “something” you can do to bring you back on course.
The good news is, that there is ALWAYS something you can do right now to bring you closer to your goal.
If you want to learn a language, you could browse the net and learn one phrase RIGHT NOW.
If you want to be able to do 50 push ups, you can change your diet and get down and give me 20 RIGHT NOW.
If you want to be a writer, you can sit down and write something WRITE NOW (DYSWIDT?*).
I learned the routine of my first rope trick with nylon garden rope, while I was waiting for my white
bondage magicians rope to arrive. It was bloody awful to handle and the cut edges could dig into my skin, but it allowed me to go through all the actions I needed so that I could memorise the mechanics of the routine, so that, when my lovely rope finally arrived, I could immediately start doing the routine.
What’s the one thing you could be doing right now to get you closer to where you want to be?
*Do You See What I Did There?