Following on from a previous post about Getting Stuck In Your Head, this post is all about action.

Lately, a lot of what I have been reading has been around the idea of actually doing stuff (what a crazy idea). Action over words, creating instead of thinking. Pushing ourselves to generate something new every day can only be of benefit. The process of trying, learning and sharing helps us and can be enjoyed by others.

Pushing ourselves to generate something new every day can only be of benefit. The process of trying, learning and sharing helps us and can be enjoyed by others.

Thinking about starting something is the same as doing nothing. Planning is the same as thinking.

We can get stuck in a perpetual planning stage, dreaming and saying we are going to do something. Weighing up the options (of which there are too many to consider) and getting stuck in a state of inaction. The crazy thing is that if we had just started whatever it was, no matter how badly it the initial attempt was, we would be so much further ahead today than we are.

When it came to writing I didn’t plan for months on end. The day of my birthday (or possibly a day or two before) I decided to create something each day. I didn’t plan out weeks of content or ideas beforehand, a decision was made and I aimed to just figure it out as I went.

Whilst writing this very piece I remembered something that I had planned and talked about starting a few years ago. It never did happen. If it had, I would have had three years experience of that project under my belt if I continued to this day. This is not a what if situation, just an example of inaction in action (I had to).

It is easy to get caught up trying to be a perfectionist. Researching and planning every tiny detail. Settling for good enough is really the only option to overcome this. Barry Schwartz in his book ‘The Paradox of Choice’ talks about Maximizers and Satisficers (the former being those who only settle for the very best, the latter, those who choose good enough). Being a Satisficer is the key, being good enough. Better to be a good poet who has published works than a great one who hasn’t written one piece.

Working to think a little less and do a little more is the only way forward.