Today is New Year’s Day. It is day made for change and recommitment. Chapter 8 from Greater Than seemed appropriate for today. The book is available on Amazon today for free. I hope you enjoy it.
Have a wonderful, challenging and productive New Year!!!
Chapter 8 – Today is greater than tomorrow
“Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone.” – Pablo Picasso
Too frequently we get stuck in analysis paralysis. Not only does this phrase rhyme and roll off the tongue nicely, it succinctly sums up what many of us do at some point in our lives. Analysis paralysis is when we are too afraid to move forward, we use “not having enough information” as an excuse to not take any action. It sounds like, “I’ll start my diet once I read the book on the caveman diet.” Of course, after they read the caveman diet, they will put it off another week because they need to go shopping for special caveman food. I don’t know what caveman food is. I haven’t read the book. And then they…… I don’t know what it will be but it will be some excuse to not take action. Of course, people say these things while eating their eighth slice of cake from their failure party.
How do you avoid analysis paralysis? Break your goal down into small pieces. Some pieces will require more information. Some won’t. Start working on those pieces where you know enough today to take some action. Any action. For those pieces that you need to know more, define exactly what you need to know just to take one more step forward. Once you learn a little, take a step forward. Learn more, then take another step. The important thing is to take action today.