Imagine a scenario where you’re gathering information and doing research regarding:
- Taking a vacation
- Going back to school
- Losing weight
- Getting out of debt
- Quitting a bad habit
- Starting a good habit
- Or any number of other activities you’d like to undertake
Now here’s a question to consider: How would you know when you’ve gathered enough information and done enough research? The answer would be, when you know what action you should now be taking.
Gathering information and doing research is an important step in any planning process. However, once our research has made clear what steps we should be taking, it’s time to stop researching and start executing on what we know we need to do. Continuing to research at this point provides little more than a barrier to progress. It can be a comfortable way to procrastinate.
As you’re gathering information for your next big undertaking, be sure to frequently ask yourself, “Do I have enough information to take action?” If not, then continue to gather information. But if you know what action you should take, stop researching and take action. Because the sooner you take action the sooner you’ll see results.
A couple of months ago I started playing the bass guitar on my church’s worship band. It’s been a lot of fun, and I always learn a lot each time I play, which is good because I need it!
One aspect I’m eagerly trying to get better at is bringing my own creativity to the songs we play. For each song we play, I have chord chart that shows what chord (note) to play at a specific point in the song. The cool part is that there are a lot of places on the chart that don’t have any chords referenced. These are the places where a musician can apply their skills and offer their own creativity to the song and the audience as well. This is the part I find most enjoyable.
I think it’s a lot like that in life. We’re certainly not given a chord chart for life. Sure, there are times when we need to “hit a note” at a certain point, but I also think that there are far more times when what we do is up to our own creativity in how we apply our skills and talents.
Let’s make sure that we’re offering up our creativity as we navigate through life. Your mix of talents, skills, and experience put you in a position every day to offer uniquely creative solutions. Let’s not hold back.
This week in Salem Oregon there were some warnings about the city’s water supply. Basically, there is some algae bloom going on at the source and people 6 and under, as well as pets, should not drink the water. This is an extremely rare occurrence and reminds me how fortunate we are to regularly have clean drinking water accessible in our homes. This blows me away!
It also reminds me of all the other things that “magically happen” like electricity, internet service, heating and air conditioning, garbage pickup, and a host of other services we rely on every day. I’m thankful for these blessings because I am aware that for many people in the world these things are not a part of everyday life.
While these services can easily be taken for granted, Salem’s water supply issue reminds me just how much we rely on them, and how different life would be if they were suddenly gone.
Is there anything you’re currently taking for granted? If so, spend a moment or two in reflective gratitude. And if it’s a person you’re taking for granted, let them know that you appreciate them and ensure that your actions, moving forward, reflect that appreciation.