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Action Versus Thinking

Action is doing. Action is change.

It is our actions (effort) that changes a current state to where you think and plan it to be.

Plan First, then Act

Just applying any random action will not guarantee success. Moving a box in the wrong direction wont put it where it is planned to be. Neither will a lack of planning on complex problems help either. Get one step wrong and it could undo all previous efforts, losing time, money and/or resources.

Only Action Can Make a Difference

While thinking and planning is important, acting is more important as it enacts the change. Both action and thinking are mutually important. Action without thinking is like falling off a cliff, and thinking without action is like being deaf, blind and mute - that is, thought trapped in a body. Think about the poor souls who accidently end up in a vegetative state with their mind intact and no connection with their body to move, talk or listen. People who fail to act, even after much thinking are typically paralysed by fear and indecision, they lack self-confidence.

Act Anyway

Modern managers are often too afraid to take action as their superiors rarely tolerate mistakes. This failure to act causes even more problems as nothing happens as the world continues to change. Humans are victims of their own perfectionism. We have to learn from our mistakes. A simple rule to follow is if a way forward cannot be planned very well, then act anyway (safely). Take slow steps and the answers will come as the object of interest changes. Stop and re-think the plan as new information is received from the actions taken. This incremental action is a form of experimentation.

 

Plan the best you can and notify others who may be impacted before you act. Feedback from others will let them know if you can improve your planning. Notifying others shares the responsibility for the action and the feedback is a learning experience.