I’m quite often a thinker.
I ponder doing amazing things and then I find myself going down a rabbit hole thinking about all the possibilities and outcomes. I come up with ideas and make a plan but I don’t always hit the action button.
I’m really good at giving advice, but I need to do a better job of following my own.
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How often have you thought about doing something but didn’t act on it?
I think it happens to us more than we want to admit. We get paralyzed with thinking so much that we forget about the doing. I mean, it’s scary putting ourselves out there, because we might fail.
For two years I had several stops and starts with independently publishing my first book. I made one excuse after another that seemed pretty legit at the time, but when it came right down to it there was one reason that held me back: Fear.
I feared failing with it. What if it didn’t resonate with anyone? What if no one bought it? What if it was completely awful?
Many times in our lives, we have those ‘aha’ moments. We can recall the exact moment we finally decide to put thought into action.
I wish I could tell you I had that kind of a moment, but I didn’t. One day I just finally started completing the revisions and putting my book into the format it needed to be in for publishing. When I had gone through the manuscript three times (after an editor had also been through it twice), I hit the submit button for publishing.
And while it was scary, it was also exhilarating. I finally stopped thinking about what it would be like to be a published writer of a book, and now I am one.
I think that’s the way it is a lot when it comes to putting thought into action. There isn’t an ‘aha’ moment. It’s more like one day you just decide to do something, and you do it. You just finally tell yourself it’s “go time” and you go.
Think right now about what might be holding you back. What is something you’ve been thinking about doing but haven’t put into action?
While I could give you a step-by-step checklist on action steps, quite honestly, sometimes it’s bullshit. Sometimes you just have to step on the pedal, ride, and see where you end up.
That’s what I finally decided to do with my book. I sat down and did the work of revising and publishing it. Now I’m doing the work of marketing it. While I have no idea where I’m going to ultimately end up at the end of this particular ride, I’m no longer paralyzed by inaction.
My wish for you is to take that leap of courage and not look back. You’ll be satisfied you did, because you will no longer think about the ‘what ifs.’ You will finally know.
And it will be a thrilling ride one way or another.
**Submitted for publication to The Startup on 6/3/19.
I'm a lover of life, an eternal optimist, and I have an intense desire to add value through simple living and positive vibes.