I spend a lot of time talking to other young women about what they want to do, what they’re planning to do or what they’re currently having trouble doing. Them, like you, have a long and elaborate to-do list of things they want to do and are struggling with working out the details on how they’re going to do them. I’ve personally sabotaged myself in this way. Prior to launching this blog, I spent many nights over a few years contemplating about what it was exactly that I wanted to put together. I told myself when I had 10 blog posts written and ready to go, I’d launch. That turned into 20 blog posts, which then turned into me not knowing how I wanted to categorize them – eventually leading to a domain name and website that was paid for yet not public because I was still too busy planning in circles about how I was going to do it. It took me forgetting everything that I’d planned to do and actually pressing “publish” on my first blog post before I felt ready, because I realized that feeling may not ever come. All of my problems were solved when I simply decided to execute. Now three years later, here I am.
The disconnect lives between your strategy for how you’re going to accomplish your goals and the execution of your strategy. The problem with mapping out every single detail and failing to act on any of them is that nothing you spent all your precious time thinking up ever comes to life. If you can’t execute everything you attempt to do remains hypothetical and undone. We live in a world of results and base outcomes off of finished products, not the route you took to get there. When you do a math problem, do you get it right before you wrote the formula and showed your work? No, you get it right because you’ve reached the correct answer. Strategic planning may be a job title for some people, but in the events of your own life it is your job to make sure those plans get executed in order to reach your end goal. We buy colorful sticky notes to organize our thoughts and a sharpie in every color to write down our goals, only to leave them on paper.
I’m sure you’ve heard it once or twice before, but done is better than perfect. You can go ahead and throw out all of the pretty notebooks and gel pens you use to write in them if you’re never going to get around to bringing those plans to life. Think about the things that you’ve been sitting on for too long and consider how you can act on them today. What you say you’re going do doesn’t compare to doing it. Preparation is great but nothing beats accomplishment. So many things naturally fall in place after you decide to act on them. Whatever you’ve been holding off on – that business, that college enrollment, that YouTube channel, that diet plan; move forward knowing that execution is all that matters.
Happy Monday babes, go get ’em. xx