Making things happen
“If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you’ll never get it done.”
– Bruce Lee
Thinking big is one thing. Acting on/out your vision is something entirely different.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m all in favour of planning but nothing beats a list of things done to know that you’re moving towards your goal. (For the record, I’ve witnessed too many failed experiments where people give up by dint of not having the gumption to keep at it.)
There’s no perfect system, GTD or otherwise, but what I’ve learned, over the last 40 years, is, if you want to move forward in a consistent way, there are only two things to remember:
- Do one thing at a time
- Finish what you start
In many ways, the two are synonymous and or circular.
As an aside, we don’t give enough credit to the doers. To laud leaders and their kinfolk is one thing but someone with the fighting spirit and energy has to translate all that blue ocean thinking to a manifest outcome.
Perhaps my message can be distilled even further: we need to be less ambitious.
I think that’s it. I think we vastly overestimate what we’re capable of and vastly underestimate how much time things will take to get done.
It is for me.
Before you attend another meeting to listen to a lot of similar stuff being discussed, far better to go the meeting with one thing on the agenda that everyone commits to and does by an agreed date.
Imagine the results!