You Don’t Need More Information – You Need More Action

Paralysis by Analysis… it’s a condition that holds many of us back.

I know because I’ve been guilty of it myself. Maybe you can relate.

Have you ever found yourself wanting to do something… like write a book, start a business, create a nonprofit or pursue an idea? Or maybe you follow others who have done it and you find yourself wishing you could emulate their success.

In those cases what do we normally do? We have an idea and we start to seek out information on HOW to make that idea into a reality. We read books, we follow gurus, we read blogs, we listen to podcasts, sometimes we buy products, etc. We seek and we consume, which in and of itself is awesome and needed to help us learn… but then many of us don’t take action.

It’s when we consume and keep consuming without applying what we’ve learned that we have a problem.

We’re learning but what good is knowledge without action?

Like feasting at a buffet, if we sit down and just gorge ourselves… we’ll eventually be bloated and fat unless we get up from the table and move.

Let’s be honest, you probably don’t need more information. You likely already know WHAT you need to do, at least you know enough to get started. The real problem is STARTING isn’t it?

It’s a lot easier to keep following everyone else, watching their success and wishing it were your own. It’s something totally different to want it bad enough to do the work that it takes for you to be successful. It might require sacrifice or putting yourself outside of your comfort zone. That’s hard.

The worst part is when you look back and realize that it’s been months, maybe years that have passed by. Good intentions turned into mild frustrations cloaked in excuses.

I’m just too busy. I don’t know how to ___. Why would anyone listen to me? What if I fail?

I’m here to tell you that you CAN. You don’t have to be the smartest, the most tech savvy, the most efficient, good looking or possess some sort of super-human skill, you just need to start taking action… even if that initial action is small.

Small actions over time create big results. – Tweet That

I’ve worked with a lot of successful people over the years and the primary trait that they have in common is that they START. They gather enough necessary information to make an informed decision and they take action on it. They don’t wait forever and talk about it day after day, they do it. They don’t wait for “some day,” they start today. They know that they won’t have it 100% figured out and that’s okay because they also know that it’s a process of learning and improving as they GO.

Let’s do this together…

Stop waiting. Stop over analyzing everything. Perfection is a myth so don’t let the pursuit of it get in your way. Show your fear who is boss and tell it to hush when it tries to tell you lies about yourself, your idea and why you “can’t” do it.

Action begets action. Inaction leaves you living in regret.

Decide today that things are going to be different. Make a commitment to yourself and your calling. Even if it’s just an hour per day or every other day, find a way to take action. Give up an hour of TV, wake up early, stop checking Facebook or Twitter so much, avoid letting convenient distractions get in the way (because they’re an excuse too). Use that time to act. Apply what you know. Do something. Get started and don’t give up.

Success may not come easy but it will never come at all unless you take action.

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  • So true Daniel. I’ve been there in starting my blog, finding new work, creating eBooks, etc. In all of those ventures, I didn’t need more information, I needed to get going.

    • Sometimes it seems the simple (things we know we need to do) can be the hardest.

  • Forward motion does not come by thinking alone. No amount of visualization works if we don’t get moving!

  • Noel

    Totally agree Daniel!

    I experienced this when I started my blog back in February of last year. I studied all the ebooks I can get a hold of and listened to all the podcasts that talks about blogging and online marketing for the longest time. i felt I needed to be ready before I jump into it because there’s no turning back but I found myself always coming up with excuses not to start. I need to learn this first, I need to that first, etc until one night I just decided that it has to start at anytime soon and I don’t have to wait for everything to be perfect before I do.

    I can totally relate to this subject and I loved it.

    Thanks for sharing this!

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