“You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great”
― Zig Ziglar
We all have this great, big idea inside our heads about something that we’ve wanted to do for the longest time. We do all the necessary preparations, we do our research, we talk to people who has done it ahead of us, we try to do everything we can to make it perfect until we realize that the only thing missing is ACTION.
Of course it is because we’ve all been through this! Yes, guilty as charged. I’ve been through it myself and for several times already. The most recent one having something to do with my newly-released e-book (which you can download for free by signing up).
It’s a natural reaction I guess, especially for people who are considered perfectionists and because come on, if you’re going to dive into something new, why not be good at it first right? Who wants to go to war without a single rifle on hand?
The only question is, how far are you going to take all these planning and all these researching before you finally begin?
Paralysis by analysis
I’m sure you’ve all heard of or read about the word paralysis by analysis. For the benefit of those of you who haven’t, here’s how Wikipedia defines it:
“paralysis by analysis is an anti-pattern, the state of over-analyzing or over-thinking a situation so that a decision or action is never taken, in effect, paralyzing the outcome.”
I developed this condition before I started blogging. I haven’t written since I was in highschool and after reading a number of blogs about personal development which I came to love so dearly, all I said to myself was:
“I got to do this!’
From that point on, I spent my days researching everything about blogging. When I got home from a long day at work, I was on my laptop, reading every blogging site I can get my hands on. I spent my long hours of commute listening to podcasts that talked about blogging and online marketing. I wanted to know all the ins and outs of this new venture I’m going into and I wanted to be ready.
I was inspired by the success stories of people who made blogging a full-time job like Leo Babauta of Zen Habits and Pat Flynn of Smart Passive Income because just like me, they were both fathers too and they were able to spend more time with their families by doing something they love and I want that too!
It took me about two months, yes, two months before I finally started my own blog. At first, I got a free WordPress site setup and after around three posts, I decided to get my own domain but it wasn’t an easy decision.
I guess I just realized that I was ready and that I can do this now but there was this certain fear lurking inside of me that’s telling me to do more research. Then, on the night of February 18th, 2014, I just said screw it! If I’m not gonna start now, when? I can still remember, and I’m not exaggerating, that I had my eyes closed before I clicked on the purchase button which signaled the start of my blogging career.
Why do we go through it?
The answer is short and sweet. We wanted everything to be perfect.
The problem here is, THERE’S NO SUCH THING!
Even the people who found success in the thing you were after did not reach the level of success they now enjoy when they started. Everyone goes through amateur stage. No one figures everything out overnight so why try being one?
You have to acknowledge that you will make mistakes and that your expectations may not be met immediately but aren’t all endeavors like that?
Take the simple case of losing weight. You read all the diet books you can get, you research and come up with your own diet plan, the works. Do you get positive results immediately? Of course not. You can have all the diet plan and all the research to back it up but without action, those baby fats won’t simply go away.
They say everyone has a book in them. That most of us have this best-seller sitting in our thoughts and waiting to be released for everyone to see. The problem with that is no one would get to read that book if you don’t start writing it. You don’t have to know everything or worry about how to publish it when you’re done if you haven’t written anything in the first place.
“Great things start from small beginnings.”
This was, and I believe still is, the slogan for MILO commercials and this is absolutely true if applied in real life. All of your small, everyday actions will eventually lead to success. You just have to be patient and remember that there is no such thing as an overnight success because success takes time.
You may not lose that weight immediately but if you commit to a strict regimen and exercise everyday for at least 15 to 30 minutes, you should be seeing dramatic results within a week or two. If you started a business and you’re not seeing progress, give it time. As long as you’re taking action, big or small, it should lead to a positive result.
I wrote this blog post to tell you that you can make this work if you just do it. Don’t wait for everything to fall into place, don’t wait for signs, and don’t wait for everything to be perfect. Start now, and JUST DO IT!
Over to You
Are you suffering from paralysis by analysis? What’s stopping you from starting?
I would love to hear what you have to say so please leave a comment or feedback below.
Let’s do this together!
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