“Action in the absence of clarity is better than inaction in the presence of knowledge!” – Futurist Jim Carroll
Ya gotta do what ya’ gotta do!
Action is the lifeblood of our innovation; it’s the core of our efforts toward reinvention; it’s the fuel for our disruption. It’s better to be moving forward than to be standing still!
And yet, over 25 years of focusing on innovative thinking has taught me one thing – a great number of failures come about due to a lack of initiative, a deferral of decisions, sclerosis from inaction. It’s our lack of movement forward that causes us to fall behind. At this very moment, you’ve probably got a desk full of projects just waiting for that instant in which you’ll get going; a list full of ideas that you keep waiting to start; a mindset of opportunities that you haven’t yet begun to chase.
What’s holding you back?
In many cases, you don’t act because you are seeking certainty in your decision through the presence of data that affirms your belief. You have taught yourself that you can’t make a decision until you have all the facts, have circled all the information wagons, and have all the information you need to validate your action.
And yet, how often are you willing to move forward when you don’t have the data you need? How willing are you to commit to action when you are surrounded by the fog of unknown clarity? How many times have you missed an opportunity when your gut told you to go but your feel told you to hold back because you needed more data?
In a fast-moving world, information clarity is the new bogeyman that can place us in a state of suspended inaction.
Develop some courage – make a decision despite uncertainty, and run with it.
You might be pleasantly surprised by what you discover along the way!