In the age of information we so often assume ideas are enough, but information without execution is absolutely useless. No doubt, it’s important to gain information on what we set out to do. Without the right knowledge, our actions will prove to be misguided and flawed.
However, the only thing worse than ignorance is inaction.
I’m definitely a studier. I’ve wasted so much time studying different options and thinking through scenarios until I would have had a much better result had I just stepped forward – even if that meant having to retrace my steps to go on a different path.
There’s always going to be one more factor to consider. One more scenario to think of. But eventually we have to take a jump. We need to decide and move forward.
Obviously, we need to do our due diligence in initial research. We need to gain some background information to make an informed decision, but with the internet looming above us and casting a shadow of endless ideas, opinions, facts, and data – we have to eventually stop and simply choose.
I know this is something that’s very hard for me to do, and I’m sure for many others as well. It can be paralyzing to know that there’s always one more thing to research, and what if your plan fails because you didn’t do that?
In the end, none of our plans are flawless. They all require adjustments, and the best way to get to those is by starting.
As Mike Tyson said, “Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the face.”
And we should realize our lives are no different. It will require course correction and adjustments regardless, so we might as well start now.
So whatever your decision is that you’ve been putting off, whatever project you’ve delayed. Start it. Begin today. It might not be perfect, but you’ll learn much more from starting then you will from thinking about what might happen if you do.
Because nobody wants to have the best idea that never happened.