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Thinking and Trying vs. Deciding and Doing

January 18, 20243 min read

Are you a "Thinker" or a "Decider"? How about a "Trier" or a "Doer"? There's a delicate balance between Thinking and Trying vs. Deciding and Doing. I have some thoughts on this subject...

Hello and welcome to today’s Thursday’s Thought. Today’s Thought is about "The Power of Action: Thinking and Trying vs. Deciding and Doing". In the journey of life, we often find ourselves at a crossroads, contemplating the best approach to achieve our goals. Should we engage in continuous thinking and trying, or should we make a firm decision and take decisive action to make things happen? In the fast-paced world we live in, the choices we make and the actions we take define our journey. When it comes to achieving our goals, two approaches often emerge: thinking and trying versus deciding and doing. I have some thoughts on the nuances of these two approaches and the transformative power of turning thoughts into actions. So, let's explore the delicate balance between contemplation and decisive action.

The Thinkers and Triers - Many of us find comfort in the realm of thinking and trying. It's a space where ideas flourish, possibilities unfold, and experimentation is key. Thinkers enjoy the process of contemplating various paths, weighing options, and testing the waters. Trying implies a willingness to explore, learn, and adapt along the way. However, the downside to perpetual thinking and trying is the risk of getting stuck in a loop of indecision. The fear of failure or the uncertainty of the unknown can hinder progress, leaving one in a perpetual state of preparation without execution. This is also called Paralysis by Analysis.

The Deciders and Doers - On the flip side, we have the deciders and doers – individuals who understand the power of decisive action. Deciders are clear about what they want, setting specific goals and intentions. Doers, then, roll up their sleeves and embark on the journey to make things happen. It's a dynamic approach that embraces challenges, learns from mistakes, and consistently moves forward. However, the danger here lies in potential impulsiveness. Deciding without thoughtful consideration can lead to misguided actions, and doing without a clear plan may result in inefficiency. Striking the right balance becomes crucial.

The Symbiotic Dance – Then we have the synergy between thinking and trying, on one hand, and deciding and doing, on the other, forming a symbiotic dance. It's about leveraging the strengths of each approach while mitigating their weaknesses. Here's how you can navigate this dance:

1. Clarify Your Vision: Take the time to think and try different ideas, but eventually, decide on a clear vision. What do you truly want to achieve?

2. Strategic Planning: Once the decision is made, transition into the realm of doing with a well-thought-out plan. Consider potential challenges and devise strategies to overcome them.

3. Embrace Adaptability: Understand that the path to success is rarely linear. Be open to adapting your plans based on the feedback and experiences gained along the way.

4. Learn from Both: Extract the wisdom from both thinking and trying, as well as deciding and doing. Continuous learning is the cornerstone of growth.

So, what can we conclude from the different thoughts on this subject? In the grand tapestry of achieving our goals, the interplay between thinking and trying, deciding and doing is a fascinating journey. Recognizing when to ponder and experiment versus when to commit and act is the key to unlocking your full potential. While thoughtful consideration is essential, true transformation occurs when decisions are made, and actions are taken. As you navigate your paths in life, embrace the power of deciding and doing, for it is in these intentional moments that you will truly manifest your aspirations and create the life you envision for yourself.

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Jan Ferguson

Jan Ferguson is a Speaker, Business Consultant, Board-Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist, Certified Master NLP Practitioner, and NLP Trainer who served in law enforcement for 32 years. Jan has dedicated his life to empowering individuals to achieve even more in life and business. He has earned numerous awards and certifications including the President's Call to Service Award, the Presidential Volunteer Service Award-Gold Level, multiple insurance designations and numerous other law enforcement awards. Jan's greatest passion is to empower individuals to achieve next-level success.

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