Didn’t Patty Smythe once sing, “I am the worrier?” No, wait…
This one goes out to the worriers, the procrastinators and those like me with a propensity to gaze inward rather than outward.
Introspection is one thing, but sometimes the inward gaze is insidious. It can take us into dark imaginings and a landscape from which escape is dicey.
How many times have we fallen down the rabbit hole of indecision, mulling over every scenario we can possibly dream up until we wind up lost, confused and in much worse shape than when we started?
Have you ever stalled so much that an opportunity simply passed you by?
Inaction robbed you.
I can’t begin to count the hours I have wasted, waiting for the “right time” to do something – and the sad thing about this is that the something in question might not have been consequential to begin with.
It’s mountains-out-of-molehills, worst-cast-scenario thinking at its finest.
As the years go by, the more I am convinced that action is far superior to inaction, and that executing even an imperfect plan is head-and-shoulders above a well-intentioned delay.
Because we can usually correct course as we go.
A good plan doesn’t have to be perfect – but without action, any plan is useless.
The magic happens when we take action.
Take it from “Old Blood and Guts” himself, General George Patton:
“A good plan violently executed now is better than a perfect plan executed next week.”
There comes a time when we must put the ball in motion, to “pull the trigger,” as they say.
I have experienced firsthand the benefits of taking action – and it could be as simple as making that phone call, attacking that overdue project or simply showing up where you need to be – and it feels good, every time.
I’ll leave you with the words of Albert Einstein:
“Nothing happens until something moves.”