Bruce Lee, Analysis Paralysis and the Antidote
I recently spent a quiet, rainy morning reading Bruce Lee's Never-Before-Seen Writings on Willpower, Emotion, Reason, Memory, Imagination, and Confidence, courtesy of Brain Pickings.
My favourite line from this session is about Imagination. According to Lee,
Sound plans and ideas, detailed goals, strategies and tactics are things that we all lean on heavily to move forward. After all, a goal without a plan is just a dream...
My issue is analysis paralysis, specifically when it comes to personal projects. You can spend so much time building detailed plans that nothing ever gets done and your goal stays a dream. Or, by the time you're ready to execute said plans, circumstances have changed, which means a new plan is needed. Insert eye rolling emoji here. For more context, read this.
The antidote to this for me is to spend time with people who are known for their hustle, and who jump in without hesitation. People who are measured but ACT with confidence are gems. The keyword is measured... Don't spend time with people who jump without looking, but people who plan and then ACT, influencing others to move along the way are even rarer gems. Find one of these gems, someone that motivates and moves you to action and then hang on to that relationship.
After all, as Bruce Lee also said,
Special thanks to those who move and motivate. You're the real MVP.