I thought of Yoda when writing the title of this post…and I truly believe it’s wisdom for all. There is no try, only do! If you aren’t a Star Wars fan, perhaps this quote helps to explain…

“An ounce of action is worth a ton of theory.”
– Friedrich Engels

I’ve been quite occupied with personal issues and design clients, not blogging and creating as much as I would like to these days. The most common excuse that people proclaim in frustration is not having enough time. Although I understand the time issue, I’m thinking more and more that it’s probably not the core of the issue…the problem of not getting things done. There are many examples of extremely busy people, who get lots done. Personally, my day is filled with interruptions, so it’s not that I can’t count up the available minutes I have, I just can’t get myself to use them effectively. I’m not prepared to break out the paints for just 10 minutes.

In an online class I’m taking, the teacher had proclaimed that it’s fear stopping us from getting things done…not time. It got me thinking a lot about how certain people are do’ers and others are just dreamers. No offense to dreaming, but I often find myself stuck in the thinking and planning phase. I’m prepping – I say to myself – but probably more than I need to…

Going along with my thoughts, I’ve come across quite a few online classes that hit the same theme of taking action and getting things done. There’s so much information out there on the internet, I don’t think we lack information anymore…we lack the go-getter mentality. Growing up in a generation of information overload, we seem to be drowning in advice, tips, tricks…we just keep doing the research, we keep looking around for what the best next step would be that we don’t actually take steps. What happened to actually getting down and dirty and doing it already!?

I was so moved by the topic that I almost wanted to take those online classes…but then I thought…hey, isn’t that just another excuse to not get to doing what I need to do? If I’m so busy, why would I take on another class?! I just need to get to action already. Maybe I’m just too lazy…intimidated…afraid of failure…frozen and overloaded with information!? All of the above, maybe?

I hereby declare my dissent to this horrible feeling of not being able to do what I want to do. There are so many great ideas that get buried, lost and abandoned into no man’s land. I don’t want to let that happen anymore. I know I can’t do it all, but I want to do more than I don’t do (if that makes any sense at all). Sometimes we do need help, but other times we just have to drudge through the trenches by ourselves and learn through the process. The best teacher is experience, right?

Back to my word of the year, I must focus. What is the next task to do – down to the simplest part I can chew off at the moment… glue this onto that, stitch this part together or write that one sentence. I’m going to stop saying I’ll try or that I need to prep in whatever way…I’ve just got to do. We all have to just do it already… what are you going to do today?

“Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit at home and think about it. Go out and get busy.”
– Dale Carnegie