As I sit back and think about all that I have done, all that I want to do, and how much time there may or may not be, I cannot help but to stop and think, “Why am I thinking and not doing?”
I have this great friend, whom I do not speak to enough, that has a catchy nickname for me, Mastery. I got this nickname when I was helping an organization train some new hire’s for a teaching position. Of course i spent HOURS doing research, reading, watching videos, and detailing out each step, each move, every aspect. My good friend helped me along the way. She was a more go-with-the-flow person. a great balance to my crazy planning obsessed brain.
As we worked together, we did some research into how people learn and how people teach. Now there are many many schools of thought on the subject and I am not about to go into the psychology and sociology and whatever else you want to call it, but i will tell you we narrowed it down to four, with one being Mastery.
The mastery is a step-by-step rule-following overly analyzing critical thinker. Yup… That’s me. I pay attention to every detail and plan out even the most minute detail. I even had a family member once tell me “it’s okay we don’t have, it doesn’t have to be perfect.” And then I pulled out a ranch packet I had saved somewhere along the way.
So you might be asking me, Hurry and get to the point. Well here it is.
I spend so much of my brain power and day planning out the little details, I forget to start the project, get the ball rolling. yes the planning and preparation are designed to help the implementation process, but life doesn’t let you just hang out til the pieces fall into place. A little planning is a good thing, but when you get so hung up on the right timing, the right place, you miss out on the right now.
So my challenge to everyone, take that first step towards whatever you have been planning. I am starting right now by developing a tool to help me get the facts I need to start my first independent research project. It took me five minutes… not long and I still have time to snuggle with the dogs before bed, and I have a little smile to carry me through the night.