I recently moved houses. After 4 ½ years of living with minimal bedroom furniture I decided now was the time to finally purchase a vanity of some sort to house vanity type things and upgrade from our battered hand-me-down bedside tables. I went from store to store, learning what was available, trying the options on in my mind’s eye. I filed each option away, sending it to the back of my mind as I continued my search. And one day, without much forethought in the moment, I walked back into a store where I had seen not the perfect option, but the good enough option and plunked down my credit card. It didn’t matter that it wasn’t exactly what I had imagined or that it was going to take 6 weeks for delivery. I had reached my tipping point; I simply did not have any more appetite for continued looking.
This is my pattern. I research, gather information, seek the guidance of experts and friends, compare prices, weigh pros and cons, analyze all the information in my conscious and unconscious mind. As a (recovering) perfectionist I sometimes spend too long in this phase hoping perfection will show itself, or afraid I’ll make the wrong move. But then, invariably, one day it’s enough. I feel restlessness, an impatience, an exhaustion with research and reflection. I experience an undeniable desire for action.
As 2014 wound to a close, I felt that exact restlessness. I had spent much of the year trying to determine the best coaching business model. I had run focus groups, sought the advice of experts, and read articles and books. I let all the information drop into my body to let my inner wisdom have a go at it. And what popped back up was not a clear answer about the “perfect” model, but a clear answer that the time for research and reflection was done. I had learnt what I could from other people and more gathering would be just a delay tactic.
So 2015 is an action year. Am I clear on the “perfect” model for me? Absolutely not. But I have enough “good enough” ideas to try things out, to get out of spinning wheels mode and get into the driving lane. I’m expecting a few wrong turns here and there, even a dead end or two, but I know I’ll never get where I’m meant to be going if I don’t get started.
What is your signal that it is time to move from research and reflection to decision and action? Do you have a preference for lots of research and reflection before acting; or do you like to act quickly and learn as you go? Do you procrastinate out of fear of not getting it exactly right or making a mistake? Does your impatience to get to action lead to unnecessary and time-consuming missteps?
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