“The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.” – Walt Disney
I’m a big fan of written plans. I require them prior to most, if not all, projects that my team members do. My team jokes with me about these “one-pagers” because, depending on the size of the project, they often turn into three-, five- or seven-pagers. Well-outlined plans are the foundation of successful projects.
I also like pre-project meetings. Spoken communication allows us to assess body language, ensure common understanding, discuss complicated topics and get immediate answers to questions. It also develops camaraderie with team members before embarking on a major project together.
As great as written plans and pre-project meetings are, though, there comes a time when, as Walt Disney said, we must actually start, and that happens when we “quit talking and begin doing.”
Sometimes talking is the enemy of starting. Whether in our personal lives or at work, if you have goals, plans or projects that you’ve been talking about for a long time, stop talking. Begin doing. And once you set a precedent of doing, you might just establish a pattern of success and accomplishment you never thought possible.