People often talk about making a change in their lives, and then in the next breath say that they can’t take action because they don’t ‘have everything in place’.
If you probe further, having ‘everything in place’ means that they want to make detailed plans that cover every possible scenario prior to taking the first step.
There are times when you need those detailed plans. You absolutely want to consider every possible scenario if the consequences of failure are high. If what you are considering is risky, mitigating that risk by planning ahead is essential.
But most life changes, even major ones, don’t have dire consequences.
You don’t need big plans as there is almost always a path to make a major change in a gradual way. I keep coming back to this because it keeps coming up; people don’t act because they believe they need to plan.
My view is the opposite; life change is a series of small actions. I believe you need to begin more than you need to plan.
Instead of sitting on the shore contemplating, you need to look for stepping stones.
If you don’t resonate with the image of stepping stones, or even if you do but need to change your perspective, how about thinking about your life change as if you were playing a game of football.
In football, every play is executed with one purpose in mind: advancing the ball.
Scoring points is the goal, but the focus is on executing each play. A play is called in the huddle and then an action is taken.
What if you tried that?
What play can you make today that will move you forward?