Failing is part of the deal whenever you’re trying something new. If you stop after your first failure ignore doing whatever yourself to do, then your life will only happen inside your comfort zone. But discussing the comfort zone may be a topic for a future article.
Instead, I’d like to focus a bit on the idea of failing and how failing is simply the result of thinking when one should be doing.
Imagine you set yourself something as simple as learning to cook something new or something as complex as building a website. If you don’t know how to do any of them, the more you think about it, the closer you are to failing.
At the same time, as long as you do something toward the things that you set yourself, you’re distancing yourself from failing. The more you do, the higher chances to succeed.
But most people don’t look at failure this way.
They look at failure as doing something and not being able to do it according to their expectations. Why the hell would you think you have failed when you actually did something?
From my point of view, failing is not doing. You only fail when you refuse to do something.
To help you do more and fail less, I’ve created this list of 11 ideas to help you understand the differences between thinking, doing, and trying.
1. To think is the process by which I create myself a positive mood that helps me smile. To do is the way I tighten my facial muscles so I can smile.
2. To try means to do things only once. To do means trying until I get what I desire.
3. To try means looking at the place you’re standing. To think means looking at the place you were yesterday. To do means looking at the place you’ll be tomorrow.
4. To do is one of the most powerful values of the humans that are persevering. The others, who aren’t persevering, only experience and get stuck at a level where they just tried things out.
5. Thinking is always before doing. After doing isn’t thinking again, but analyzing.
6. To think while you’re doing means to reduce the efficiency and to increase the procrastination. The efficiency is reduced because you’re focusing on two activities instead of one. The procrastination is increased because your thoughts can be random and you could be thinking about how beautiful it would be to travel when you have to build a wall.
7. If you don’t limit the process of thinking, you’ll always be thinking. On average, daily, a man experiences between 70.000 and 80.000 thoughts. If you let your thoughts out of control, you’ll get stuck in the process of thinking.
8. For going from thinking to doing, start thinking out loud. Say “I’m going to write the title of the article” and write it. Say “I’m going to create a cover for my journal” and create it. Say “I’m going out for a run” and go out.
9. Your thoughts are nothing more than a morass in which you’ll find diamonds. But you’re going to find those diamonds only when you’ll shift your thoughts into actions, and your actions into results.
10. The creative process is always and only generated by your subconscious, not your conscious. All the thoughts I’ve been talking about now are thoughts generated by your conscious – those of the activity of thinking. If you want to be creative, start doing and stop thinking.
11. Last but not least, here’s the most important one: if you decide to start doing, then assume your decision and stop thinking.
*all these 11 ideas are taken out of the book called ‘From brain to heart’ and has a whole chapter dedicated to overcoming overthinking.
I hope this list of 11 ideas will help you realize the difference between thinking, trying, and doing. It’s the way I see things. At the same time, it’s the way I manage to go beyond thinking and trying when I have to do something.
At the end of this article, I share one more thought with you. It sounds like this:
If you want to think, then think. If you want to try, then try. If you want to do, then do. But don’t think when you have to do – don’t try when you have to do. Become responsible for your actions and start doing!
With love and optimism,