Should You Just Do It?
How to start taking action – I like the concept that one shouldn’t think or plan too much and “just do it”, or in other words just start taking action.
The reason for this, as you probably already knew if you’ve been following me for some time, is because if you think or plan too much, there is a high chance that you are going to over analyze, which eventually leads to inaction.
Inaction VS Taking Action
Inaction is worse than not taking any kind of action. If you don’t take any kind of action, nothing will happen.
If you take action though, there are 3 possible outcomes:
1. Something good happens
2. Something bad happens
3. Nothing happens
#1 is of course great news. Let’s talk about #2 for a minute.
Something bad happens – if you’re a negative person (one who tends to complain and blame other people), you’d think that this is terrible. Something “bad” just happened. OMG!
On the other hand, if you’re a positive person, you’d think along these lines – okay, so this “bad” thing just happened. I can’t change this fact. Being angry is not going to help my situation. What can I do to alleviate this situation so that I don’t suffer as much? Hmm… I can learn from my mistake so that I don’t repeat the same one in the future. I also gain more knowledge and experience as I continue to become a better and wiser person.
So you can actually turn #2, which started out as negative, and reframe it so that it becomes something positive.
“It’s all in the mind” as they say.
#3 – Nothing happens – You might think that since nothing is happening, you’re not losing anything. Wrong. When you sit still and do nothing, your competitors are moving forward and leaving you behind.
Just Do It?
Now that you understand the importance of taking action, should you simply “just do it” and blindly take action on everything that’s presented your way?
Of course no, that’s not the point I’m trying to convey. Even though you shouldn’t analyze too much, you should, at the very least, have some kind of goal or target that you want to achieve. This is how to start taking action – start from your goal.
This is VERY important because having a goal is the starting point of where you are going to take off. If you don’t have a goal, you’d be at a loss of what you should and should not do since you don’t have clear objectives of what you are trying to achieve.
Determine what you want to achieve. Then WRITE DOWN your goal on a piece of blank paper and stick it in your bedroom so you can see it and be reminded every day.
The next step is to think about how you are going to achieve your goal, and then stay focused on achieving it. While having a goal is great, if you don’t know how to achieve it, your goal is just a dream.
Of course, I’m not saying that you must know the “how” immediately right after determining your goal. In fact, most of the times people don’t have a clue on how they are going to achieve their goal. The key is to find out, discover, explore, and learn so that you eventually reach your goal.
Reaching your goal is a journey. It is a process. If you trip over and make mistakes along the way, that’s fine great. You learn from your mistakes and you become more knowledgeable and wiser. You have more data in your hands on what works and what didn’t work. Cool.
And I can guarantee that it’s not going to be a smooth ride. That is why so many people give up on their goals – they don’t want to work hard for it, they just want to reach their goals easily and effortlessly. They go after the path of least resistance. Do a little more work, go after the path of greater resistance, and you’re ahead of them. Nice.
But I Want To Be Perfect
A word of caution – don’t strive to be perfect. There are 2 reasons for this:
1. You can never be perfect
2. What’s perfect for you might not be perfect for your targeted audience
#1 is pretty self-explanatory. Nobody is perfect, and nobody can be perfect. Instead aim for incremental and continuous improvement.
#2 – a lot of times we “think” that our audience love A, B, C. Turns out they love D, E, F. What I’m trying to say is you might spend hundreds of hours trying to create the “perfect” product for your audience by incorporating a whole bunch of cool features (based on what you “think” your audience love). Turns out they don’t really like the features you’ve implemented. Great, you’ve just wasted hundreds of hours.
A better way (than striving to be perfect) is to roll out an “ok” product and upgrading and improving it along the way, as you gather real user feedback. This is a much better and accurate way of knowing what your market wants instead of just “guessing”.
Another point to add is that when you strive to be perfect, your product will never, ever be completed. Once in a forum, this guy told us that he’s been “working” on his perfect product for 2 years and it’s still not completed yet. I’m pretty sure he’ll never release his product. Oh well…
Again, think of incremental and continuous improvement.
So what’s the takeaway of today’s post?
1. Doing something is better than not doing anything – so start doing TODAY!
2. Write down your goal on a piece of paper and stick it to your bedroom so you can see it and be reminded every day.
3. Plan on how you are going to achieve your goal. Then stay focused on achieving it.
4. Don’t strive to be perfect. Instead strive to be “ok” and improve along the way. Strive for incremental and continuous improvement.
So stop asking yourself how to start taking action because I’ve already laid out the steps above.