Just do it!
It’s popular advice, and not just from Nike.
‘Just jump and you’ll land’, ‘you have to get pushed out of the nest to find you can fly..’.There are lots of versions.
But notice there are different ideas at play here.
I recently replied to a Facebook post on a ‘leave your job and become self employed’ group. The writer of the original post had a wealth of rather less than useful beliefs and attitudes around what ‘leaving the rat race’ might mean and they were making up a certain amount of conflict around ‘being themselves but caring about what others think. We have probably all been there.
I gave what I thought was a measured response designed to nudge the writer to looking at their beliefs, values and what they were, essentially, imagining around the situation. There was a fair amount to ponder and my aim was to help the original poster to move in a direction where any decision they made would be better grounded and less reactive to their own ‘made up stuff’.
The next response to come to the post was a simple, ‘just do it, follow your dreams’. There was no cognition of anything that the questioner had said, no apparent understanding of the place the questioner was coming from.
‘Just do it, follow your dreams.’
Well, what when your dream is founded in dysfunction? What when your dream is so rooted in ‘negative stuff’ that it will become a nightmare and then chalked up as another failure?
Just build it. But what if you are building on sand? Maybe it is better to check your foundation first.
Another idea at play here is the one of ‘make a decision’. And it is a good idea. Let’s make a decision about where to go, either metaphorically or geographically. Why not gather some information first? Why not have some ideas about journey and route? Then we are best placed to make a decision.
Yes, there is a time to stop thinking about things and make a decision. There is a time to set off on your journey. However, it is not when you have no clue about where you are going and are conflicted about going somewhere in the first place.
Changing your life to more than the default work prison, battery farm animal life of the majority, both challenges and requires you as an adult to do your due diligence.
Then take action, then review then take more action.
‘Just do it and follow your dreams’ is more useful as an overall strategy that actually requires a shed load of work to make useful and workable, than as an action plan for the next fifteen minutes of glory.
Or you could get lucky, or survive your mistakes. Perhaps you might even wake up enough to be worth coaching.
Show up and do the work!
Richard Ingate is a coach who specialises in helping people transition from employed slavery to meaningful Self employment and purpose. You can find out more about the Vote with Your Feet programme at www.richardingate.com