“I never worry about action, but only inaction.” – Winston Churchill
Today I witnessed worry followed by inaction. I won’t go into detail, but the situation being worried about was helped with about 15 minutes of action. The problem was that the action wasn’t taken by the worrier, but by a doer. Granted, the doer probably didn’t help the worrier by handling the situation for them, but the worry was removed, action was taken, and a plan was enacted. In 15 minutes.
Obviously, all problems can’t be handled in 15 minutes. Some problems have complex solutions or no solutions at all. What I do know, though, is that no problem has ever been solved by just worrying about it. No plan has ever been enacted by someone sitting idly panicking, unless someone else did the enacting for the panicked.
I’ve mentioned before that I am a worrier. It’s a personality defect that I work to keep in check. But I’m also a doer, because I know that doing something is better than doing nothing. We’ve all seen the talkers. We’ve seen the folks that lay grandiose plans that never come to fruition. We’ve seen the dreamers that have outstanding ideas but want no part in actually seeing them become reality. We’ve seen the complainers that have no problem bringing issues to light, but never have any ideas on correcting them. It’s okay to be a talker if you can back it up. It’s okay to be a plan maker if you plan on following through. It’s awesome to be a dreamer as long as you come down from the clouds long enough to help see the dream come to life. It’s fine to be a person who spots problems, but it’s better to be able to spot those problems and work to find a solution.
Dreaming, talking, and complaining plus inaction equals nothing.
Worry plus inaction equals less than nothing.
Do. Act. Be. That’s truly something.
Have an awesome Wednesday,