Do you feel like you have to have everything perfectly figured out in advance? Do you find that you procrastinate and don't take the actions you know you should? Would you consider yourself a perfectionist? Do you analyze everything to death? Do you feel like you are often stalled and taking no action is the result because you have so much analysis going on in your mind? How many times have you been stalled in the action steps you should be taking because you are attempting to figure out every possible step and outcome in advance? Something I have learned to do is to always just take the next step to bring you closer to where you want to be.
We can't predict what the future is, or what taking a particular step will result in. We can pre plan it in our mind, but very often it is not quite what we envisioned. It is during the process of taking the step that we often figure out the next step to take, as a result of something that may have happened during that process. For instance, we decide to contact someone as our next step and during the conversation with that person, you learn some valuable new information, that gives you a new step to take which you couldn't possibly have known to take in advance. Sometimes, it is a course correction that you couldn't have known to take, without this new information you gained from the last conversation.
As I have taken these steps consistently, I have often paused to look back and thought I couldn't possibly have imagined these new steps would present themselves as opportunity. Some of the things that have happened have amazed me, and I didn't imagine would have come along. Very often, I didn't even know these new things I have come across existed until I got to that spot of learning and being introduced to the new idea. Understanding this concept takes the pressure off of pre planning and feeling like you have to have the whole picture figured out perfectly. And very often it turns out better than you even imagined when you first started out towards the goal. Just taking the next step with intention reveals the next step to take. So simple, it is often overlooked.
How have you seen this play out in your action steps?
Debbie Ruston - Entrepreneur - International Trainer, Visionary Leader