Happy New Year, my friend! Welcome to 2024. I literally cannot believe it. I am so excited to really get going on all my 2024 plans and goals. But... before we all start sprinting after our goals, I want us to take a moment to pause and breathe and consider whether or not we really want to sprint. In other words, let’s consider the pros and cons of taking such fast action.
PRO: Fast Action Helps You to Get Out of Your Own Way & Get Started!
If you wait until you’re ready, or not scared, or until everything is perfect and calm, then chances are, you’re never ever going to get started. Because we might never feel ready or fearless or the perfect time might never arrive. We literally can't put "someday" on the calendar, right?
So, fast action is wonderful because it gets you moving in the right direction. It takes you from the sidelines and being a dreamer… to in the arena and being a doer!
As if that isn't cool enough, fast action also doesn’t have to be huge, either. It can be something super simple. For example, if you want to run a 5K, but you haven’t run since college… then, sign up for a 5k 3 months from now. Just do it. Who cares if you’re not ready? Who cares if you don’t have running shoes yet? Sign up for the dang race and get yourself into the arena! The best part of fast action is that is that you put yourself in motion.
CON: Fast Action Can Result in Anxiety, Overwhelm, & Frustration
Sometimes, when we act so quickly, we wind up experiencing result anxiety, overwhelm, & frustration. Because we're essentially cannonballing into the deep end of the thing that we want to do, we might accidentally have bitten off more than we can chew.
So, fast action can be less than wonderful because it can be or feel like a lot to not totally know what you're doing.
As if that isn't hard enough, depending on the fast action we took, we might be completely over our heads. For example, if you signed-up for the 5k, and then, purchased some running shoes that aren't good for your pronating feet, you could get hurt because you moved too fast.
The worst part of fast action is that you could cause other problems for yourself.
So, now what...? What's the right choice?!
Simply put: it's up to you! Like everything in life, there are always consequences. Some consequences are favorable, whereas others aren't.
But if you ask me, I say that fast action is a wonderful place to start, but it’s not sustainable for the long term or for every situation. And it's up to you to figure out when to take fast action and when to hold off. At the end of the day, I don’t actually believe we have to take just fast action or just slow action toward our goals. We can have a beautiful blend of the two.
We can, for example, sign up for that 5k even if we don’t have running shoes, and then, we can slow down and research different types of shoes that are good for our feet and talk to different shoe experts to make the best shoe decision for us. It doesn’t have to be fast action or bust.
If you've enjoyed this article, check out Episode 195 of The Power Within Her podcast. It provides a even deeper dive & more examples and pros/cons on this amazing topic that I know you, as an ambitious woman, are going to love!