I’m going to get right to the point. It’s time to stop talking and time to start doing.
After all, talking about the book you are going to write isn’t going to write the book.
Talking about getting in better shape isn’t going to get you in better shape.
Talking about that you’re going to get that project done isn’t going to get it done.
Talking about what you want to do with your life if you only had x, y and z aren’t going to move you any closer than you are now.
The only thing that will get you any closer is by DOING. Taking action.
Now, I haven’t told you anything you don’t already know. We all know the key to moving forward is by doing.
Why Is It So Hard To Start Doing?
One: You are stuck in planning mode and think you need to have it all planned out before starting. Over-planning is an adjacent cousin of procrastination. If you think you need to have it all perfect, get started. The only way to perfect something is to have something to perfect!
Imagine if Thomas Edison had waited to create the lightbulb until he had it all planned out and perfect on paper. We’d still be using kerosene lamps! The only way he figured it out was by doing. Since then the light bulb has continued to be perfected and will continue being so.
“You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.” ~Zig Ziglar
Two: You feel completely overwhelmed because you are looking at the “final” product that are way down the road instead of looking at the process of how to get there. Focus on the next step. Rome wasn’t built in one day, it was built brick by brick. Keep the vision of what you want to accomplish close to your heart as your GPS, but then put your focus on the next step in the process.
Olympians kept their vision of standing on the podium close to their hearts but they didn’t start there. They had a dream, began, then took daily action. They didn’t go from zero to Olympians overnight. There were a lot of steps along the way such as becoming the best on their local team, then state, then regional, then national, then the world.
Three: You are trying to change everything at once and instead of going deep you’re going shallow. There’s nothing wrong with dabbling and trying out different things but in order to get things done focus on ONE thing at a time.
Stop skimming the milk and create butter instead by picking ONE thing you want to start changing and then take daily steps towards it. Those steps don’t have to be huge but they need to be consistent.
Four: You think you need just one more training, one more course, one more certification, one more this and that before you can get started. Stop being so selfish and self-centred!
The absolute best way to share what you already know is doing just that, share it. Teaching what you know is a great way to not only bless others with your knowledge and potentially change their life, but to also retain what you learn better. Get in the game and share what you already know.
You never stop learning. There’s always more to learn. It’s a never-ending cycle. If you wait until you know everything you can never get started because there’s always something new to learn.
Achieving a goal is a process. It’s a series of small steps of moving forward, learning, tweaking, changing, testing and trying. You don’t become a champion overnight, you become a champion by continually improving. And how do you do that? You consistently take action towards where you want to go. Not by talking about it, not by over planning, and not by bouncing around.