I was watching a tv show the other day. A lady went to visit another woman receiving chemotherapy, and they were talking about life. The visitor was sharing an exciting opportunity, but had a long list of reasons why she shouldn’t pursue it now. She was told, “Don’t wait. If there is one thing we have learned through this experience it is that this is not a dress rehearsal. Do it. Now.”
I started thinking about life and the importance of action.
I’m a planner, especially for big decisions in my life. Could be how I ended up working as a Project Manager. Once I set a goal, I like to map out my plan for getting there, detailing how I’ll do the big steps and what I need to get there. I’m all about to do lists in my daily world, professionally, and even personally.
I’ve been trying lately to be a little more spontaneous about the small things, like going out last minute when I wasn’t planning to. That can be a lot of fun and had led to adventures that I wasn’t expecting and enjoyed anyways.
I do spend a lot of time with the big decisions, however, as I don’t want to trigger action until I have thought through it fully. Sometimes this is a great thing as it has kept me from doing some impulsive things that I later learned I would have regretted, but other times I think that I may miss out on some fun things because I over-think them.
My natural tendency to plan is not something I expect to or want to change. It’s who I am. However, I do find that sometimes I am so bogged in the details of making decisions in my life that it leads to long delays, or even, not doing something I want to do because by the time I get through my lists, It feels like it’s too late. Essentially, my plan of action causes inaction. What an interesting thought.
Here’s what I am going to do: I’m going to make a list of all of the things that I want to do..
Clearly I have some work to do, but it’s great to laugh at myself about it and then to give it some thought to see what I want to do different, and what I can do differently moving forward.