Ready – Fire – Aim

I prefer to take action more than planning. I find that you learn more by doing and then you can come back to your plan after getting some initial feedback.

I’m not condoning jumping into stuff feet first without some thought or idea of what you are doing or why but I do see one issue which seems to freeze people to the spot. Paralysis by Analysis.

Many detail people want all the facts and figures before they even consider which steps to take. This can work in a fashion but often, they have taken twice as long to get the results they could have gotten by taking action earlier.

As Bruce Lee said – ‘If you want to learn how to swim you have to get wet.’

Paul Browning

16 Responses to “Ready – Fire – Aim”

  1. Maybe its that this is new to a lot of people and they are scared in case the make an ass of themselves in front of so called peers. After they have gather so much information and they are finally ready to take the plunge they have a system overload and panic.

    Suppose it could be liked to taking the CCNA exam, you are sitting before that screen and you are panicking not knowing if you have learned all you need to know ? are you going to make a right hash of it?

    Just a thought?

  2. I Think a lot of people do the opposite of what you say. I agree that we learn by doing. The problem is that people do not apply what they study about. supposing we all applied what we learned in school, i know for a fact that we all would have better lives. Merely attending school in a proper order imposes discipline in our lives. If we apply this discipline, as well as apply all the RIGHT things we read about surely everything would get better.

    In the movie of Jim Carey, ” A series of unfortunate events” one of the cast member’s ability was to read every book she could. When they were confronted with various situations in life, she applied all that she could based on the book itself. supposing she just stood there and over analyzed like most of us, they would not have survived their terrible ordeal.

  3. I have to admit when I have not planned so much, the experience was much more fun. But when it comes to exams and such, I absolutely have to have a plan for follow through.

  4. Paralysis by Analysis, I think people should be able to muster up more courage and just go for it. Life involves risks. Those who don’t like risks usually end up in a dead end job.

  5. I am guilty – I procastinate too much. I spend too much time planning instead of actually doing. But I am learning.

  6. Great Article Paul!

    Yes I seem to have spent far to long planning and not ever doing! 3 year + to be exact!

    Alot of people plan to do things but never actually DO! Like change jobs, loose weight, give up somking and lots more!

    Kev

  7. In life those who don’t take risks are the one’s at the foot of the hill. There is much wisdom in Bob Proctor’s words. This article even tells me that people are now changing the way they think and are now working better to improve their own life.

  8. My teacher in Firearms used to say, Shoot first ask questions later. In life sometimes it is more wise to do first before Thinking. And most risk need not to be thought about lest the opportunity passes by.

  9. I think the key to your message is READY – fire – aim. There is a certain amount of education and preparation needed to put yourself into a situation where you can be ready to make an informed decision to “fire”, and then decide if you need to tweak the “aim”. It’s also the “Plan – Do – Check – Act” sequence.

    The trick is to engage in the right amount of planning, the confidence to take action, and the willingness to assess results and make needed adjustments.

    • Paul’s message quoted Bruce Lee “If you want to learn how to swim you have to get wet”. True. But you don’t have to risk drowning, so as you say, planning and preparation are necessary.

      • I wouldn’t argue with that. Get ready to fire before firing, but don’t spend so much time worrying about the aim that you never actually fire. 🙂

  10. Paralysis by analysis. I’ve been there! Somehow never had quite enough information to make the decision; needed just a little more time to find one more bit of data to think about … and all of a sudden someone else beat me to the proposal 🙁 It’s happened more that once, but I’ve gotten better about making decisions more quickly. Can’t make a living by being late to make a proposal!!

    • Peter, what did you do to get better about making decisions faster?

      • Quit sleeping 🙂 Not really. Seeing others beat me to a proposal was motivating!! So I started to set deadlines for myself. Would tell myself that I had just a certain amount of time to do some research or whatever, and then would have to start putting together a proposal, with whatever information I had up to that point.

  11. 10 I wonder how many of us who are suffering from “paralysis by analysis” are using the search for just one more bit of data as an excuse, because we’re not confident enough to make a decision?

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