Sunday, July 29, 2012

No Hesitating

Recently I came up with the philosophy of Stop Thinking Start Doing.  In fact, I’m still trying to teach myself to follow this philosophy.  I also had to start writing this as soon as the idea came into my head so that I don’t think too much about it.
Why is it that we think too much and not do enough?  What are we waiting for?  It’s great to want to think about doing something, yet we procrastinate and procrastinate until we eventually give up because we haven’t started, or until our time on this Earth expires.  I mean, it’s great to think about it, but if we don’t do it, it’s never going to happen.

It’s not going to do itself; we have to do it.  This book is not going to write itself.  I have to write it.  So why do we think so much and not do anything?  Is it because we are scared?  Is it because we will not profit from doing it?  Is it because we are going to fail?  Is it because we are going to succeed?

I will admit, I feel scared.  I guess it’s the idea of taking that leap that could change my life.  For most of my life, I’ve felt like thinking of the idea gave me some sense of satisfaction.  I sit there thinking of the success that could come to me, and it gives me a temporary sense of success.  That is, until I realize that just thinking about it is not going to make it happen.  I wish my mind had the power to just think about something and it just happens.  Unfortunately, my mind is not that strong.  My mind can think all it wants, but until I do something, that something is never going to happen, except in my mind.  I live in reality, not a fantasy.

Sometimes I think, do I not want to at least try something because I am afraid to fail?  Am I worried I will be made fun of or ridiculed?  Am I afraid I will not profit from what I can do?  Is it not only that I’m afraid I will fail, but that I’m also afraid that I will succeed?

For me, I believe it’s both.  Like a lot of us, I feel that I’ve grown comfortable in my routine lifestyle that I’m afraid to step out of my comfort zone.  The thing is, we are meant to expand ourselves, not just confine ourselves to our comfort zone.  We are meant to achieve greatness.

When you are given an opportunity, you can’t just sit there thinking whether or not you want to take it, nor can you think too much about what you will or will not achieve from taking that opportunity.  What’s sad about this is opportunities come at us, but we do not see them.  Sometimes we see them, but we have to think about them, possibly because we are scared that that opportunity is a life changing event, and event that can bring you greatness and prosperity.  We go through life changing events all the time, whether it’s going to college, graduating from college, starting a new job, getting married.  But there are other life changing events, such as acquiring new wealth.  The opportunities we are given can open doors to a greater world, a world we cannot see staying in our comfort zone.  We are meant to expand ourselves, not stay stagnant.

When you are out and about and you see that attractive person of the opposite sex, you should go over and initiate conversation.  I understand it may take a drink or two to loosen up and help you to stop thinking about it, but you cannot wait too long or you will miss that opportunity.

I have given myself a challenge that if I do not write anything on this for a week that what has been written of this shall become a blog post.  However, I wish to keep going with this writing as it would go against what I would like to accomplish with this project.  If I come up with anything while I am away from my computer, I shall use the Notes app on my phone to take some notes and send to myself.  This is why you should always keep your phone with you because you never know when ideas will pop up in your head.  As I said, you have to take opportunities when they come to you.

“Talk is cheap.”
“Money talks.”
“Learn from experience.”

These are quotes that wise people not only speak, but also live by.  You can talk talk talk all you want, but it means absolutely nothing unless you walk the talk.  That’s why you can’t just speak, but you have to live by what you say in order for it to have any sort of impact on yourself or anyone else.  “Learn from experience” means just that.  Many people have to go through several if not many failed attempts before finally succeeding.  What this quote is saying is that you cannot give up after the first failed attempt.  What you must do is think about what went wrong with that failed attempt and learn not to make the same mistake in the next failed attempt. 

If the second attempt fails, look and see what went wrong in that attempt.  Hopefully, it won’t be the same thing that went wrong in the first attempt, and same for any future attempts with any previous attempts. 
If you want to do something, don’t just talk about it, do it.  If you want to make money from that something, do it, or at least attempt to do it, and if you fail, look at what went wrong and try something different.  This is what will lead to success.

Now, stop hesitating and start doing something.  There’s nothing to think about, just do it.  In fact, I have a t-shirt and coffee mug with the saying “Stop Thinking Start Doing” in my Zazzle Store.