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Personal growth: Too much thinking and not enough doing January 8, 2018

Posted by Dennis Mellersh in Goal Setting and Realization.
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Although it’s generally a good idea not to jump into projects without giving them careful thought, it can be equally damaging to our self-development to over-study and miss opportunities for greater self-actualization by not taking timely action.

A similar, but slightly different variation of this problem can also occur in our efforts to develop our key long-term goals if we over-plan  and under-act, thereby postponing doing the necessary goal-directed tasks.

As Shakespeare wrote in his play Julius Caesar:

“There is a tide in the affairs of men, which taken at the flood, leads on to fortune. Omitted, all the voyage of their life is bound in shallows and in miseries. On such a full sea are we now afloat. And we must take the current when it serves, or lose our ventures.”

Sometimes planning can be more enjoyable and appealing to us than the harder work of doing.

— Dennis Mellersh