231. The Perpetual Brainstormer

It's approximately 2 a.m. and I'm fresh off an article pitch. I'm just doing what I do best and loving every minute of it. I'm sure more people in life would find happiness if they just stepped outside of their heads for once, turned off the TV occasionally, and explored their interests with childlike curiosity. 

But I digress.

Besides, I want to briefly discuss something that popped in my head today. After reading a comment about how to become more of a producer and less of a consumer, I responded by saying that the best thing in life is being consistent. It's the reason I blog everyday, read everything in my sight, and design e-learning courses weekly. If I only sat around thinking about things, nothing would ever get done.

 

Sitting around thinking and planning all the time is what I like to call a perpetual brainstormer. And you know what, I can't even criticize that type of person. I can't act like I haven't done it a time or two.

You get so caught up in wanting things to be right and perfect that you end up doing absolutely nothing.

Now don't get me wrong, I love a good project. Put something in front of me and I'll tackle it like a healthy J.J. Watt. But, being a disciplined producer has meant that I've had to have real talks to myself. I've had to tell myself: 

Things don't have to be perfect. They just need to get done.

Maybe you're dealing with that yourself. You have a fabulous idea or a story you'd like to write or pitch but you won't move past the planning stage. You're thinking so much that you're allowing the "what if it doesn't work" thoughts creep in and take precedence over action. 

Do yourself a favor right now and kill resistance through action.

Who cares if it doesn't come out perfect or if people don't understand things right away? Make adjustments and keep moving forward. But, if you're a perpetual brainstormer and you never move on to the drafting and publishing phase, you will only be a consumer reading about how producers have created their own wealth. 

Things to think about.

-AJ