The following is an excerpt from my new book, Conquer the Entrepreneur’s Kryptonite:
Action is the only thing that makes ideas happen. Not dreaming or wishing. Not talking or contemplating. Action!
Generally I’m not a proponent of doing something just to do it. I’m more the natural planning type. But I can also easily fall into the trap of analysis paralysis—the process by which planning overtakes any and all action, leading to the death and destruction of an idea or project. Too much planning will kill ideas, just as not having a plan will.
The trick is that our pursuits to achieve lofty goals quickly become bogged down by reality. Sure, it’s great to sit back and dream about owning a business, driving a nice car, and experiencing all the perks that come with being the boss. It’s fun to think about how your brilliant idea will improve the world or save lives. But at some point you have to move out of the dreaming phase and into the doing. Again, action makes things happen.
We cannot totally control the future, but we can accomplish some pretty amazing things if we plan, focus, and act on them.
– Deb Ingino, StrengthLeader.com
When we get to the work of making it happen, we soon realize what hard work it is. And hard work isn’t always fun. Passion will take you a long way, but you’re going to need more than passion. You’re going to need a plan.