Time to Stop Planning

Action means it’s time to stop planning. You may be thinking, “But wait, I want to be sure the plan will work.” Well, how will you know?

The Brilliance of Einstein

Albert Einstein once said, “Nothing happens until something moves.” Now let’s be clear he’s not dismissing the importance of deep thought and careful planning. I think his point is that the best thoughts and plans without execution are meaningless. Imagine spending a year thinking about the kind of house you want and then getting an architect to design it. You look at the rendering for the house and really like it. But, unless you act and actually start building all you’ll ever have is a plan.

Procrastination is a Cancer to Progress

The English poet Edward Young said, “Procrastination is the thief of time.” Keep that in mind when you have a well-developed plan. If all you do is hold onto the plan and never act on it the plan is essentially useless. Again, you may say you want to be sure the plan will work. Face it, no plan is perfect, and even one that appears to be will undoubtedly fall short in some way. In fact, most plans will have several unforeseen flaws requiring modifications to be made during implementation. However, you’ll never know this if you don’t start implementing your plan. Again, it’s time to stop planning and act.

So, why do I say procrastination is a cancer to progress? Simply, if you procrastinate and fail to begin implementing your plan you’ll likely discover at some point that the plan has become obsolete. In essence, procrastination was fatal to the plan and the opportunity is lost.

We’ve All Been There

I’m sure that like me you’ve had the experience was planning to do something and waiting for the right moment or until you fell right, only to find out the opportunity was gone. How many times has someone considered applying for a job they heard about and spent inordinate amounts of time evaluating whether they were a good fit, only to learn someone else had been hired? How many companies have planned improvements to their product offerings, yet never implement them and then see other companies move in and seize the opportunity. When it came time to act they insisted they would get around to it but never did. Their around to it looks more like the “Round tuit” below.

Round Tuit

You’ve heard the saying, “Actions speak louder than words”. In this case the company that acted was heard loudly and clearly by the customers.

So, remember; there is a time to think, a time to plan, and a time to act. Your plan will never be perfect. It’s time to stop planning and take action.

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