Often times we run into problems that are so complex we just don’t know how to solve them. We can go online or read books and get a few dozen opinions and tips on how to do something the right way. When you have a simple problem you can search the net and find an easy fix for it, then go on living your life as if nothing happened. It’s a little different when the problem is complicated.
You will find a lot of conflicting information out there, each stating that their side is right and that the other side is wrong. It becomes confusing because if we have never done something before we will not know what path to take. We don’t know where we fit along the scale and who we should listen to.
Even if we read other people’s opinions on the best approach to take, it may not apply to us. They may have different moral values on the subject, they may have different abilities than us, or they may even have a different definition of the word success.
When faced with a complicated problem like how to start a business, how to find a lover, or how to become a great writer we need to ignore the crowd and just get started already.
If you are having trouble finding the best way to solve your problems by reading about the problem, it means it is time for a change. Here are 10 reasons to just start doing something already, even if it may not be the best solution to your problem.
1. It Doesn’t Have To Set You Back
Just because we don’t know the best way to do something doesn’t mean we can’t get started. You don’t always need to know how you are going to get to your destination before you set sail.
Think about it this way. If you were trapped in the woods and you didn’t know which way to civilization you could do one of two things. You could stay put and worry about getting even more lost or you can just start walking around until you find a house. Sure it is easy to stay put, after all wondering off into the middle of nowhere is probably how you got lost in the first place.
But if you stay put and think too much about which path is the right path you are not going to get any closer to finding your way out of it. When you walk around a bit every step you take is potentially a step in the right direction.
By walking around you are eventually going to find a way out, even if you take a wrong turn.
2. Little Things Add Up
We all know how powerful compound interest can be. If you learn 1 new thing a day you will be a genius by the time you die. Compound interest is also in affect when it comes to solving your problems.
When you do one little thing each day which can potentially bring you closer to reaching your goal you are going to eventually hit that goal. There is no way around it.
You can walk 100 miles if you take enough steps. Is it the best way to go about it? Probably not. If you want to travel 100 miles you are better off using some other form of travel like a car or a plane instead of walking.
But it will work to get you closer to where you want to be. Even if there are better ways to go about it, taking small steps will at least help you move forward in the right direction until you find the right “vehicle” to get you there.
You may even find out that your little day to day efforts had more of an effect on how successful you become than the giant leaps of inspiration that occur.
3. You Can Pass Others Up
It seems that our standard reaction when faced with a difficult problem is to either avoid thinking about it, or to study the problem to death. When you take action and start moving forward you began to make progress.
You began to pass up the people who are sitting around panicking and trying to figure out what to do next. Instead of just sitting down and doing nothing try to move forward.
The actions you take may not be the best response to the problem, but at least you are making an effort and that effort is what puts you ahead of your competition.
4. It Helps You Learn
You don’t need to wait to find the best way to begin your journey. If you do you will probably never find the solution.
As you take action you begin to learn. Sometimes you will find a better way of doing things down the road and you may feel like you have wasted your time. But you really haven’t.
The time you spent to get where you are now was valuable because it helped you learn how you can improve. Even if you did find a better way of doing things it doesn’t really matter because you still made progress by taking action earlier.
You can always change your strategy to get better results but you can never take back the time you wastes stalling and avoiding the problem.
When you get going and start creating momentum you learn a ton of valuable information. You may waste your time by taking the wrong path, but at least you will learn something from it that you didn’t know before.
It may be that the only thing you learned from taking the wrong path is not to do that again. Even if it is, that is ok, because you now know what not to do and how you can avoid it again in the future.
Normally when you take action you don’t end up hurting yourself. You may end up not making the best use of your time. But this can change as you get better at what you do.
5. You Never Know Until You Start
The truth of the matter is when you are faced with a complex problem or a new horizon you never know what will happen until you start your journey.
You can study all you want and read as many expert opinions as you can find, it won’t make a difference. There is still going to be a lot of uncertainty in the future.
By taking action you can get used to that uncertainty and start to make some improvements in your life. You never know what will happen; it could be that the first thing you try inevitably leads to success. You just needed to start taking action to get there in the first place.
6. You Accomplish Nothing By Waiting
If you are a perfectionist you’ll find it hard to get started. Everything has to work out just right in order for you to begin. You may tweak things; you may want to learn more and to do your research before you begin.
Which is fine, studying is an essential skill to success. Just remember that sooner or later you are going to have to put that book down and start taking action.
When you wait around for better weather or to learn more about a problem before you start making an effort to change it what happens? The answer; Nothing!
Nothing happens when you wait! If you wait too long you will find that you have waited your life away and your best years have passed you by before you even began.
7. You Are Getting Older
If you have read my blog for any amount of time you know that one of the biggest motivators in my life is the fact that I am getting older. I have written several articles about this such as You Will Never Be Here Again and What Would You Do If You Only Had 5 Years To Live?
No matter how you look at it you are getting older. Time stops for no man! The clock is ticking so you have to make the best of your time while you still have it.
What will you do? Will you sit around reading about a problem? Or will you start to take action to improve your situation?
8. There Might Be Unexpected Benefits
What can I say here? You simply do not know all the benefits of trying something until you start it.
If you start a business with a partner, put in effort to get it running, and build a relationship with your partner your business may still fail. But you and your partner may go on to build other successful businesses.
You may gain something unexpected from your efforts. You may meet new people or learn something completely unrelated to your field. There are so many possibilities of what could happen and the only way to find out for sure is to start taking action.
9. It Is Better Than Indecision
Indecision kills innovation and success. How can you succeed at something if you don’t know which path to take?
If a problem is so complex that you don’t know which way to go the best thing to do is to just pick a path and start following that path. It may not be the best way to go, but you can always change your strategy later and it is much better than doing nothing.
Indecision may be the result of having too many choices. Sometimes you just have to ignore all of your alternatives and pick a simple easy and consistent path to head down.
If nothing else it will at least give you some momentum, which is more than you will get from sitting around and pondering over your choices will get you.
10. What Have You Got To Lose?
If you already have a problem chances are it will not go away by itself. You are going to have to take action to improve your situation and to get yourself to a place you want to be.
Things happen for a reason and most of the time that reason is that someone took the time to make it happen. They didn’t wait around for better weather to get started.
It’s similar in all areas of life, if you want to be a great scholar, spend your time studying. If you want to accomplish something worthy, than sooner or later you just have to put the book down and start taking action already.