Have you ever surveyed the landscape of possible self-growth strategies and found too many options and not enough time to do them all? Analysis paralysis has historically been one of my biggest challenges. You see some pros and cons of each path, and get stuck trying to decide which path to take or project to start.
Ready – Fire – Aim
The analytical approach can lead to lots of inactivity. Lots of not doing. To be a doer, we have to force ourselves to get in the game. But how do you arbitrarily choose an action when so much time could go into it and yield minimal results? I hate that question. It plagues me.
But in the end, we must come to the point of acceptance. There is no perfect decision unless God has spoken one directly to you. And while you won’t know for weeks, months, or even years if your next decision was a good one, you make the best decision you can in the moment and you get moving.
A ship’s rudder only has the power to direct the ship when the ship is moving forward. A ship without propulsion goes nowhere, regardless of which way the captain cranks the wheel.
Just do it. Adjust along the way.
If you think you want to be a writer, but your analytical mind asks how you know you wouldn’t make a better marriage counselor, the answer is you don’t know. Write what you want to write first. If after honing that skill you find it unrewarding, consider writing about marriage. That either melds your two interests together or it clarifies that writing just sounded like a good idea and needs to be abandoned altogether. Then take your introductory counseling classes and pursue that.
Changing course mid-stream isn’t bad. Sticking with the wrong decision is bad. The only constant is change. You’re either changing or you’re dying, one day at a time.
Sometimes the clarity only comes in the doing. So if you’re not sure where to start, remember that it’s better to start something that might be good than to avoid the wrong thing by doing nothing.