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The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing

Improving Systems and Habits

Scott Miker is the author of several books that describe how to use systems and habits to improve.  This free blog provides articles that to help understand the principles related to building systems.  

The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing

Scott Miker

Walt Disney has had such incredible success that any advice on how to succeed from Disney should be cherished.  One quote from Disney really speaks to the importance of moving past the mental aspects of success and moves to action.

He said, “The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.”  Too many times we just keep thinking and talking through our goals rather than start taking action.

Years ago I worked at the second largest chamber of commerce in the country.  I was tasked with understanding the local startup community and building out resources for early stage businesses.

I was able to get acquainted with many of the startups in town.  There were many different types of startups. 

Some were working for a big company and decided that they could strike out and do it on their own.  Some were tech startups set to find venture investments and expected growth to come quick and at extreme levels.  Some were individuals looking to live out a dream of theirs and make a living from a hobby they had. 

One consistent theme that I ran into was that many were too focused on the plan.  They would spend years forming and adjusting their business plan.  Normally this is doing due diligence.  However, more often than not, there was no action being taken. 

It really just amounted to procrastination.  They feared that their idea wasn’t viable and didn’t really want to test the market by trying to sell a product.  They didn’t take action steps towards the realization of the business; they just stayed in startup mode hoping that they could skip those early days of struggle. 

But I noticed a trend with the successful ones.  The ones that seemed to find success all seemed to move beyond the thinking or planning stages relatively quickly.  They would test the market. 

This allowed them to adjust and make changes.  Most would realize flaws in their thinking about the market or how the product should be designed.  They would adjust and take more action. 

It seemed like every time I checked in with these individuals they were doing something.  With the other individuals, when I checked in they always seemed to have another plan based on feedback about their previous plan. 

I am a strong believer in planning and thinking through something before jumping right in.  It is crucial that we think before we act. 

But that doesn’t mean that more thinking or more planning is always the answer.  Many times the answer is to quit talking and start doing. 

The systems and habits approach capitalizes on this by quickly adding new behavior changes to your life.  It doesn’t mean you can’t change and adjust as you learn and grow.  But it takes improvement from dreaming, talking and planning and moves it to slowly doing. 

I am very aware of how much I am planning.  I am the type to overthink and over plan.  So I watch for this and make sure I get to action as soon as I can.  But if you are the type to act without thinking, then start to take the necessary planning steps to make sure you are prepared and did your due diligence before jumping in.

By knowing yourself you can efficiently move from talking to doing.  Because if you get that right, you can adjust and change and you won’t become too locked into one plan that you invested so much time into.  You will be able to see the flaws in the plan as you act it out and then make changes to help you reach your goals.  You will be able to quit talking and begin doing.