When to Start

The wrong way to build toward an accomplishment: never start. Or to put it another way, plan yourself out of it. “I’ll get to it soon…I just need to think about it a bit more.”

My Bookshelf

I needed a bookshelf in my office. I put it off for too long. Other things took precedence, and I wasn’t quite sure how I should do it. I knew I wanted it to match my office, be practical and look good, not quite sure what wood to use, yada, yada, yada.

I was going the wrong way.

The right way is to start when you’re somewhat (not totally) confident with your plans. Just go for it. So I started the project. Now it’s finished.

That feels totally awesome.

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  • RickStevens

    These are the EXACT discussions I’m having when I’m sitting with someone and they’re trying to decide whether or not they want to do financial planning. Benjamin Franklin is generally given credit for saying, “I never planned to fail, but the times I failed were the times when I failed to plan.” We can always put things off time after time after time, but ultimately what we’re doing is simply making excuses to not do something that we know we ought to be doing. I am as guilty of this in various areas of life as anyone (definitely pointing the thumb here instead of a finger). The reality is that we need to stop trying to plan minutia, look at the big picture, and figure out the steps as we go along the way. Life will always throw you a curveball (or slider, or splitter) and you simply have to adjust. Having a workable plan that is adaptable is ALWAYS better than putting something off until the “perfect” plan is in place.

    • Great thoughts! I like to say, “Never wait till you’re totally ready.” Almost ready is okay, but never when you’re totally ready. Chances are good that if you wait for the perfect moment to start, you’ll rare start anything.