By the amount of articles that I post about goal setting anyone would think that everything should always be about planning. While I do admit that I am a weekly planning freak I can assure that taking action has yielded way more benefits than planning. Even when said actions lead to screw-ups. When I published my first blog two years ago make a movie now I was excited, I wanted to talk on the blog the business side of filmmaking. I had very high hopes. I thought I was going to get a lot of traffic and sell an ebook for $50. I was going to live with passive income from now on and live the good life. Of course I was totally delusional.
It was a massive failure and got me in the brink of bankruptcy. If I had to do it all over again. I would, in a heartbeat. I could have wasted 1 year or more of careful planning and I’m positive it would have been a failure anyway, plus I would have lost one year of my life. Thankfully I took action did it and found out earlier. That’s just one of the many benefits of taking action always. You will see results and they will either please you or disappoint you. However the most important part is that you will move forward.
The book that I read that inspired me to always take action was the four hour workweek. A book that changed my life forever and that I have bought at least 5 times for myself and given away to my friends like it was the bible. It’s with that book that I learned that no matter what happens; action is always better that being paralyzed by analysis. As superman’s father Jor-El would say “You will fall, you will stumble, but in time you will join the sun”.
By all means if you have no goals yet then stop and think what would you like to do. Don’t rely on assumptions, find some information or someone who was done it before and then proceed to take action. There are smart people out there like professor Ann Langley from HEC Montreal who have done research on this phenomenon in large organizations. Her paper “Between Analysis by Paralysis and Extinction by Instinct goes deeper and gives suggestions on how not to fall on both extreme sides.
The planets will never align and life does not wait. To do A 5 year plan is laughable and it’s not my opinion only. The CEO of Expedia.com posted his advice on career management and it’s apply title “Why you should dump your 5 year career plan” which is a helpful advice for all of us, including me. Before the 4 hour workweek I used to plan for years ahead. That only lead to frustration and heartbreak. Then I moved to one year which was a huge leap; but still not quite perfect because I was not flexible enough. Now I’m moving to just plan for 6 to 3 months and I will gladly share the results of the later this year. I want to leave you guys with a geeky clip from War World Z that totally nails that concept of just keep moving. I hope you enjoy it and comment below what you want to do in the next 3 to six months.