I have a lot of good ideas. Well, at least I think so anyway. I can tell you about them and I will if you let me. I have had these ideas, or some form of them, for some time. I am very good at talking about them. Me telling you about these ideas and plans would begin with, I should, I am going to, I will, Next time, When… These ideas are intelligent, thought out, robust but, very strangely, none of these ideas have spontaneously taking root and produces anything. The talk for all its good intentions and well sounding presentation is basically useless. It’s the action that matters.
We have all heard something similar, maybe even from ourselves. I can make good grades, I can start a business, my car can do 0 to 60 in six seconds, I can lift that. But until that talk turns into show its nothing but potential. Show me the good grades, start the business, drive the car, pick it up. Ideas are just potential action, until they are not. Until you show me.
Admittedly this is very close to my “shut up and try” idea, t-shirts, and post and they are similar concepts. If nothing else this is a more socially acceptable statement. The shut and try idea for me has more to do with stop complaining, stop hesitating, and giving excuses. This idea has more to do with the fact that all the talk in the world will not amount to anything. It is a waste of everyone’s time. If it’s a good idea, show me. If you can do it, show me. If it will help, show me.
There are risks and costs to action. But they are far less than the long range risks of comfortable inaction. ~ John F. Kennedy
I am sure fear has something to do with the gap between talk and action and let me clear and say that when you go big you will likely fail more often than you succeed. Personally I refuse to let fear of failure be the reason I do not try. I would much rather not make it than not try. As someone once said I fail is ten times better than what if because what if never went to the arena.
I will stop now because lord knows I could go on and on about this and really is not this just more talk I think it best that maybe I talk my own advice and just show you.
Thanks and stay moving.