My current read is ‘Ego is the Enemy’ by Ryan Holiday. So far an incredible book and it put me on to today’s topic.

I love to dream, I enjoy coming up with new ideas, figuring out if they are viable and putting the plans in place to make them happen. That’s all great but almost all of them amount to nothing. Without action, they aren’t real.

In the book mentioned above, Holiday has a chapter titled ‘The Danger of Early Pride’ that talks about this subject. The gist is, that we get so caught up in our ideas that we feel like we have accomplished something when in actuality we haven’t done anything. I am as guilty as anyone of this, if not more so.

The challenge is learning to change this. Taking action and getting out of our heads. Having the initial idea and turning it into something tangible. Something of value.

I can talk about something I am going to do but talk is cheap. I can think about how I am going achieve something, but thoughts mean nothing without action.

I used to think that by telling people about a goal, I was more likely to achieve it. The peer pressure and public accountability might hold me to finish the task. In reality, I would stop short of completing whatever it was. Having talked about it and thought about it so much I felt like I had put in the necessary hours. Talk is no match for hard work.

Now by writing every single day, reading every single day and learning every single day I am more aware of where I stand on the talk/work spectrum. A public blog discussing ideas, to the eye, is talk-heavy. But the physical sitting down every day and writing something is work. I don’t particularly enjoy the process of writing, I would never class myself as a writer yet every day I write (some authors don’t even manage 300 words daily). This is an opportunity to organise thoughts and review something I have recently learned (after all, the ideas I present are usually from something I have read or watched).  This is work disguised as talk.

I told one person about my plan to blog daily. 36 days later and I’m still going strong. I am almost certain that by announcing the idea to a larger audience on day one I wouldn’t have reached this point. The plan wasn’t overthought, over-discussed, I wasn’t stuck in my head. Action won.

My hope is that fewer people get stuck in their own head. That the ideas they have, the things they want to do are realised. The world moves forward because of people taking action: inventors, entrepreneurs, artists and the likes. Something I need to remind myself of in those moments when I get caught up.