Thursday, September 13, 2018

Just Start

The following two arguments are both plausible approaches to accomplishing something:

1) Just start working, and figure it out along the way.
2) Make a plan, and work on the important things.

There are times when "just start" works best, and there are times when "make a plan" works best.

But I'd be willing to bet that in the majority of cases, "just start" delivers better results than "make a plan."

We all have a natural tendency to procrastinate, and "make a plan" feeds into it.

How many people have you known who make careful plans about how they're going to start going to the gym or change their diet to lose weight?  And how many of those people succeeded?

It's far too easy to look up yet another article on the internet, or to spend time researching which tool to buy.

If you can clearly articulate why making a plan would be better, and it's a airtight case, go ahead.  But make sure you set a time limit on your planning.

But in most cases, you should just start.

2 comments:

My Agapic Life said...

An essential element is each person's relationship with failure and what's at risk.

I could use your core advice of Just Start with my consulting business and really just try it rather than (a third category) neither plan nor "really" start but like half do something....

My Agapic Life said...

Ironically, I've been listening to Solsbury Hill by Peter Gabriel who writes and sings about this exact idea.

He wrote this about it:

"It's about being prepared to lose what you have for what you might get, or what you are for what you might be. It's about letting go."