“Live your questions now, and perhaps even without knowing it, you will live along some distant day into your answers.” – Rainer Maria Rilke, Born Dec. 4, 1875.
People who want to achieve a thing, who are not used to being achievers, often make a common mistake.
They over-learn. And over-prepare. And over-plan.
They think up a near endless multitude of questions before ever getting started. They delay starting until these questions are answered. And before those are all answered, yet more questions are dreamed up.
Your brain is betraying you. It doesn't mean to. It wants to make sure you make a decision based on the best information available.
The problem is – especially nowadays – an infinite amount of information is available. You never get to the end so you can make your assessment and decide your course.
And the longer you delay in acting, the more information there is to assist in that delay.
So let's stop. Write down what you want to do. Write down the minimum steps to get there. Write down the process to accomplish each step.
Start executing that plan.
Stop to do research and answer questions ONLY as they arise and ONLY if it stops you from moving to the next step in the plan.
Don't shop for tools you don't need. Don't distract yourself with possibilities when you don't have anything actually produced to hang those possibilities on in the first place.
Live your questions by taking action, and learn only the minimum answers you actually need to proceed. Learn them through doing the work and trying solutions until you hit one that works.
Stop collecting a bag of tricks containing every possible solution to every possible problem. You only need ONE answer per problem, and only for problems you ACTUALLY HAVE.
Find the problem, find the first solution and try that. If it works, you're done. You don't need a second option until the first fails. You don't need solutions to problems you MIGHT have. Solve the problems that happen for real. Ignore problems you don't currently have. They don't need you to solve them.
What this does is shorten the curve. It increases efficiency. It speeds up the path to results. Once you have results achieved in this way, it re-engineers the way your brain will allow you to work.
Suddenly rabbit holes you would have eagerly dove into and mistaken for “progress”? They don't seem appealing. They seem wasteful.
Because you have a new mode that has no room for distractions when it comes to your work.
Achieve. Accomplish. Complete. THEN expand, polish, perfect, and begin again. And again.
That's the answer to the question you didn't know you needed to ask.