I’m Thinking About Doing Something
How many times have you heard someone say any of the following statements:
- I’m thinking about losing weight
- I’m thinking about quitting my job
- I’m thinking about starting a business
- I’m thinking about dating again
- I’m thinking about writing a book
After the initial statement, they’ll talk in great detail about how they are going to achieve that goal. If it’s losing weight, they talk about the new diet they are thinking about trying or the CrossFit gym they are thinking about joining. If it’s starting a business, they talk about the great idea they have and how they think their product/service will be a great success. If it’s dating, they’ll talk about the dating sites or singles groups they are thinking about joining.
Usually after this conversation, some time will pass. Three months, six months or twelve months will pass and you’ll see them again in the same exact place. Their excuses?
- Oh, I’ve been too busy
- I’ve been so stressed out lately
- I don’t know how to build a website
- I had to the watch the first season of Game of Thrones
I’m going to let you in on a little secret. Thinking about doing something is the same as not doing it.
One more time for emphasis. Read it out loud this time.
Thinking about doing something is the same as not doing it.
The next time the words “I’m thinking about doing…” come out of your mouth, catch yourself. From here you have two choices.
1. Take Action
Take one tiny small step towards your goal. Throw away all the bad food away out of your house, buy a domain name and web hosting, or sign up for OkCupid. It doesn’t matter what the first step is as long as you take it now.
2. Decide Not To Take Action
Consciously decide that this goal isn’t worth doing. Make the choice to not to work out because you’re working on your startup. Make the choice to not start a business because you’re happy at your job. Make the choice to be single because you have more important things to focus on right now.
Then after discarding that idea, focus on goals that do matter.
Thinking is great.
Thinking about doing is deadly.