According to Dr. Gail Lewis
Action is a daunting idea when it comes to stepping out of your comfort zone, engaging your passion, vision, and destiny. We allow fear to paralyze us and keep us from moving, and justify it by saying “I’m just going to wait on the [right moment, Divine Providence, Lord, the Universe, perfect plan…]”. The problem is that we do nothing in the meantime and we have just given up our ownership of the process!
Jane loved what she did. She was able to be as free and creative as she wanted to be, and people paid her for it! Jane had a nagging, unfinished dream though. She always knew she wanted to help people be their best self and had majored in psychology as an undergrad in college until she dropped out to marry and start a family. She would always tell her friends that she planned to go back and get her degree in counseling so that she could create a holistic approach to her work, but hadn’t done it yet. When asked why by her friends, she always said she was either waiting on the right time, the right program, or whatever. After 10 years of waiting for the right moment, reason, etc., Jane realized an important thing – sometimes you have to just do it! Now Jane has an MSW and provides holistic counseling and coaching services to new and transitioning executives!
So how can you get past waiting and just do it like Jane? Here are three things you can do right now to shift your mindset from thinking to doing.
Be secure in who you are and confident in what in what you are trying to do. As people see you starting to take action, they will have opinions…and if you are not strong enough in who you are and confident in your dream, you will let a blind person talk you out of sight.
Get past your fear. Fear can come in many forms – fear of failure, fear of something new, fear of the unknown, fear of success, the list goes on. If you are serious about chasing your dreams, your faith has to be stronger than your fear. You have to have faith that you are doing the right thing, the struggle is temporary, and that things are going to come together as long as you don’t give up. This can be especially hard when nothing seems to be going right, no matter how hard you try, but you have to remember your “why” – your reason for what you are doing and what it will look like when you have achieved it. Have your moment, but don’t let it turn into a pity party. Make your frustration your motivation to keep going.
Perfection is nothing compared to completion. Let go of the perfectionist mindset. Every great invention, creation, and action was begun before all the kinks were worked out! Get started and fix it along the way, make it right as you learn from experience. Elon Musk didn’t have Tesla or Space X perfect before he launched either. He had an idea, driven by passion, and let his failures become the fuel for his success. Done beats perfect any day.
Faith and belief are powerful things, but they are meaningless without action! The minute you commit to doing it, is the very moment that it will become committed to you. Success loves purpose and purpose loves intent. Be intentional, move with purpose and work towards your success.
“Sometimes You Have to Just Do It” originally appears on Dr. G’s Spot (drgaillewis.me).
Contributing writer Dr. Gail Lewis is a certified professional coach and has 20+ years of experience in leadership, management, coaching, and mentoring, helping others unlock their personal success zone by connecting their vision and purpose to action. Follow her on social media @drgaillewis for more AIM(tm) – affirmation, inspiration, and motivation.