It’s so hard when contemplated in advance, and so easy when you do it.
Robert M. Pirsig
It’s true. When I take a step back and reflect on it – pretty much everything I’ve ever done was much easier for me to do than to think about doing. The act of doing generally has at least a 50/50 chance of success, while contemplation, at least my contemplation when infused by the thoughts of my Inner Critic has a perceived chance of success equal to ZERO. And I’m guessing, your situation is probably somewhat similar or you wouldn’t be reading a website with inspiring articles about changing fear.
But here’s the thing…the Inner Critic, has a tendency to show up most often when you’re sitting on the fence wondering. His primary goal is to keep you there and if not there, trapped inside your comfort zones, in the world of can nots and have nots. Do you want a quick and easy way to get him to shut up? Do the thing you’re contemplating. Stop thinking about it and just do it. Because in the midst of doing it, you’ve robbed him of his whole battleground.
For a long time, I didn’t realize this. I would try to muster up enough courage or strength – work on overcoming my fears or handling my emotions. But then I noticed something. I didn’t really need any of those things to actually do something. I just needed to take action.
We’ve got things confused and our Inner Critic loves it this way. We’ve convinced ourselves that there’s something we need to get rid of in order to act or that we need to have certain feelings. We spend time coddling our emotions and nursing our bruised egos in an effort to stimulate or motivate us. But all we need to do is act.
Too much contemplation can often be stagnating. It keeps you focused on determining feasibility rather than possibility – thinking about IF instead of HOW. But if you still feel like you really need an answer, I’ll give it to you straight. YES-it’s possible! Anything is possible. So quit thinking, start doing and soon the only conversation will be about ‘how you did it’ ;).