In today's world, a wealth of information is never more than a click away. We can communicate, collaborate and share information with people around the world without having to leave the comfort of our own home. We have access to scholarly journals, research studies, and endless publications. We also have the easy aid of search engines that can help us to refine our search or even expand our scope with automated prompts and suggestions. For a data driven people like me, a seemingly quick search for a few basic facts can turn into a slippery slope and a full blown research project! A few minutes can accumulate into a few hours without even realizing it. While this can be wonderful when I need to research and vet an idea or a project with high stakes, it can be pretty detrimental when a quick search for an answer to a question evolves into a haven of facts and figures and raises more questions!
In my quest for knowledge, I have realized that I am often chasing after perfection at the expense of progression. It's rather ironic when I take a step back and consider that in looking for the most efficient and effective solution, I am spending an inordinate amount of time and energy spinning in circles feeling overwhelmed. Data paralysis sets in and self-sabotage ensues resulting in suspension of the entire initiative. Disappointed, I quickly move on to the next idea or project, which proceeds and ends in a similar fashion . . . . . And on and on it goes until I decide to break the cycle. . . . . . . . . . which is actually in my approach!
What am I doing wrong? Well, I'm making it more complicated than it needs to be!
This is precisely what happens to me when I sputter and stutter with running, or working out in general. After an injury or a prolonged break from my routine, I find that it can be difficult to get started again. So, in an effort to find a routine or a plan, I would start down the slippery slope of information by searching online for programs that met my basic requirements. . . . . . I would stumble across several different templates/plans. . . . . . which was perfect because I didn't have to create anything, I could just glance through them and select one . . . . . . which is where I would start to get caught in the quagmire of too much information . . . . . I would start with comparing the plans, which wouldlead into uncovering the theory behind the plan. I would then look at related or contrasting theories and authors . . . . that would lead me to testimonials and reviews . . . . . . which would strengthen my resolve to find the most effective program . . . . . . and on and on it would go. In the interim, I would wait to get started with any activity because I was trying to figure out the best way to do that . . . . . . Hmmmm . . . . . . at this point, I think you can see that any way to do that is better than not doing it at all!! The true key to success is in action. Doing something is far better and more effective than doing nothing at all!!!
I need to remind myself that simple is effective. Action will always be better than inaction because it yields results and feedback that allow me to learn and adjust accordingly. After all, life is constantly changing. Just as balance isn't a set endpoint, what works for me today, might not work for me tomorrow. There isn't a magical solutionthat will capture all of these dynamic variables, so rather than waste time searching for it, I can start with a simple approach and revise and refine it along the way. I can create my own magic ~ one step at a time!!