Don’t get caught up in analysis paralysis. Do you have something you want to accomplish? Doesn’t matter what it is, it might be big or small. It might be building a multi-million dollar business, or it might be to start making money blogging.
Just Do It.
One of the best pieces of advice ever spoken, and the beauty of it is that it’s so simple.
But remember, I said simple, not easy.
It’s very easy, especially when trying to accomplish something, to overanalyze and overthink everything.
What if this doesn’t go right?
What if they don’t like me?
What if I say the wrong thing?
What if I don’t do this in the right order?
What if I look dumb?
I have news for you. All of those things will happen. It’s part of life.
Things will not go the way you want them to.
Some people will not like you.
You will say the wrong thing.
You will do things in the wrong order.
And you will look dumb.
I have experienced all of these things going wrong before, and I’m guessing you have too. But I got through them and learned from them, and kept moving forward.
We all crave certainty in our lives. We would like to know what is going to happen, and we want to know how to do things right the first time. It’s a normal human desire. But as a result, we sometimes overplan and overthink things.
We think about things, we ask our friends, and we spend all of this time thinking and over planning and talking to ourselves and other people about it instead of taking risks and taking action.
Do you really believe spending so much time thinking about something will actually help you achieve these results?
Don’t get me wrong, it’s important to create goals, to think about what you want, and have a direction of where you want to go. Setting this aside, you can’t dream all day. You have to take some action.
You have to feel your heart pounding and your hands sweating and your voice trembling when you ask that girl for her number.
You have to feel the burn in the gym pumping out that extra rep to get your bench press weight up.
Thinking is important, but it’s all in your head. Real experience is sensory, things you actually go out and experience with your senses. Feeling the wind on your face, feeling your baseball bat connect with a fat, slow pitch. Smelling a girls perfume. A writing cramp during a final exam. Feeling your heartbeat while you gasp for air after a run in the mountains.
These are feelings and sensations. Things you see, hear, taste, smell, and touch.
A guy by the name of Thomas Edison, you may have heard of him, went through an incredible number of failures on his journey to create a lightbulb. It is said that he failed over 10,000 experiments before he finally nailed it and turned what he envisioned into reality.
Someone asked him about all of his “failures”, and he said
“I haven’t failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”
Do yourself a favor and write this quote down. Put it somewhere you can see it everyday, and let it motivate you to take action, embrace failure, and learn from your mistakes.
It’s incredibly important to embrace a mindset like this where mistakes are good things, because if we never made mistakes, we would learn very little in our lifetimes. Think about all of the failures and successes within your lifetime, there have probably been a lot of them.
There are also probably a few that stick out to you, and if you are like most people, the ones that stick out the most are your failures. Something that stung and hurt so bad that it forced you to learn and change your ways. But these are the inevitable turning points in our lives, where we choose our path and go full throttle towards our destiny until we hit another wall and redirect after learning something new.
Like I said earlier, it is important to have a plan, it is important to have a goal, otherwise you are flying blind. But don’t rely on such things, because most of the time the script that you have in your head is not how things will play out in real life. Stop worrying about things going perfectly. They won’t. Move forward, embrace failure, and learn from your mistakes. Just do it.
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