Human beings do it all the time. They think they are being smart.
They think they are doing the right thing.
They think they are being prudent, but at the end of the day, all they are doing is wasting time.
What is this dream-killing pattern?
Simple: needing to have a certain outcome before starting.
If you need to know how things will play out in the end before you start, you will never start. And if you do, it will not be full of power and creativity.
Time and time again I’ve seen friends & even I have been guilty of this at times – try to weigh options, figuring out what is the best path instead of trusting themselves, taking action and course correcting as they go.
There was an awesome quote from the famous Hollywood producer Kathleen Kennedy on the cover of The Hollywood Reporter once. She said, “I don’t analyze things, I just do them.”
Boom. I love this quote.
Now, if you are a doctor who is about to perform open heart surgery, this quote doesn’t apply. But when it comes to making your dreams come true, DELIBERATE and CONSISTENT ACTION is the cure-all.
Massive action is what it takes to make our dreams come true.
Notice I didn’t say, “Perfect massive action,” because perfection doesn’t exist.
Our goal is to learn and get better through the action that we take. When we sit back, analyze and try to create the best plan first, we waste precious time that we could be learning in the field.
I have mentors. I learn from others. I look ahead and plan. But most of the wisdom in my life has come from failure.
In fact, it’s safe to say that I have failed my way to success.
One of the most important questions you can ask yourself on the path to your dreams is this: “Am I willing to risk being nothing in order to become something?”
If you can be cool with being nothing, then and only then can you have the freedom to take the risks that are necessary to make your dreams come true.
There are no certain outcomes. You can’t get it wrong. The only thing that prevents your dreams from coming true is when you stop and try to analyze everything to death, while taking no action and living out everything in your head.
This is a dream killer.