When’s the last time you clicked on an email and said to yourself “I need to think about this. I’ll come back to it later.”?
For me, it happens about every three minutes. I do that a lot. I want to have my ideas fully developed, my thoughts completely thought out before I take action. In fact, I did a little experiment with myself yesterday to find out how often I really put off doing something because I need to “think" about it.
I counted 27 times.
Seriously, 27 times I could have got something done, but instead I chose to think about it some more. What in the world am I thinking about? It’s not like I’m solving world hunger or global warming.
My experiment came to a close last night when I found myself standing in my laundry room thinking and then thinking some more about doing a load of laundry. I had this debate with myself about if I really would have the energy once the clothes were done to take them out of the washer and put them in the dryer but not before I took out the clothes already in the dryer and folded those. By the time I thought all that through – I could have had the clothes folded and half way through a new load. Instead, I made myself too tired with all the thinking, and I just went to bed.
There’s thinking through a situation or a project and then’s there overthinking it to the point that you become too overwhelmed to do it.
It’s time to do more and think less.
Believe me, I know it’s tough – we want to have everything thought out. We want to anticipate the challenges and questions before they come. We want it to be right every time.
But let’s get real. We aren’t going to be perfect. We’re bound to forget something now and then.
And someday while were are still thinking about how to make a product or service perfect, we will be passed up by our competition who actually got something done. Sure it probably won’t be as great as our idea BUT something that gets done even if it has flaws will always be better than nothing done at all.
The key is to do something…anything. We can always go back and make something better. Just because we get something done doesn’t mean we’re finished. After all, we live in the age of the upgrade. Enhancements and updates are not only expected but required.
There’s a reason that Nike’s remarkable “Just Do It” slogan is as relevant (if not more) today than ever before. In this crazy, information overloaded, idea pumping, what have you done for me lately world we live in, being able to actually get things done is a must in our journey to greatness. Now, go do something!
Kelly’s entrepreneurial instincts, ability to communicate and lead rather than dictate and manage, and commitment to see the overall big picture have allowed Advisors Excel’s 50-person creative unit to run stride for stride with the company’s continued amazing growth.
A Kansas State graduate with a B.S. in Business Administration; Marketing & International Business.