Inspiration: I think you should just go for it!
I came across this image the other day:
Letting it sit on my mind for a couple days, I grew to appreciate the power of what it means. I began to reflect on my own past experiences where I “just went for it”, and it inspired me to continue this attitude in the future. Consider it this way….
A friendly push from someone who cares.
It seems quite deliberate that the quote starts with “I think you should”. It could have easily been “Just go for it”, but that would have lacked the friendly push from someone who cares, and that’s an important element.
Consider all of the moments where you were faced with a big decision. It’s unlikely that your final decision was based on your own conscience alone. You likely consulted a friend, or family member, and if they felt strongly that you should pursue something that you were hesitating on, they may have said “I think you should just go for it”. It’s that friendly push that might have caused you to put thoughts into actions.
A quote often attributed to Wayne Gretzky is “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take”. That goes hand-in-hand with “Just go for it”, but for the risk-averse, it takes a friendly push to take that shot.
Start that new business or project.
For me, the quote resonates primarily with my decision to start a new business, a tech startup no less: Spinzo. Leaving the comfort of a stable job is not easy. I thought long and hard about it, and after many moments where I brushed against the edge of taking the plunge, I can point to a singular moment where the decision was made. I decided to go for it, and no one was going to stop me.
When I do talks about business and innovation, I often show a graphic that looks something like this:
While not scientific, the purpose is to portray the notion that, yes, some people have great ideas, and I mean truly great ideas that can enhance the world for many people. Let’s assume 1% of people have these ideas. The problem is that, of those people, very few will pursue those ideas: Let’s assume 1%. Why do others not pursue their great ideas? They have stable jobs, comfortable lives, and steady incomes. Why would they want to jeopardize that? For those who decided they would just go for it, the world is a better place.
Starting a new business or project is not easy. You will likely start out by losing friends, money, and sleep, but you will learn from this experience, and your life will be more enriched for it. Even if your business or project doesn’t succeed, you will learn from that and will likely tackle an adjacent idea that might succeed. Sometimes it takes 99 trials before finding the 1 gem. Are you ready to start the trials?
Health and exercise is an age-old struggle of many. People make lofty goals for weight or fitness, which require immense discipline and execution, only to settle back into what’s easier: “Netflix and Chill (with food)”… all the time. This has happened to me many times, but I have tracked my health and fitness for over 5 years, and I can tell you that the biggest health achievements occurred when it was absolutely clear that I was going for it. This meant a relentless pattern of healthy eating and fitness. Even a one-day break would seem like a setback. It’s as if, once the train was moving, it was hard to stop.
Getting healthy is a goal that many people have, but few are able to execute. Having a friend to consult is vital: “You’re talking about losing 15 pounds Michelle? I think you should just go for it!” It will make you more accountable, and for the early days where you think about giving up, your friend will likely keep you going. In fact, you should get a larger group of friends for the push. It just takes one high spirit to keep the train moving, and once it is, it will be hard to stop!
Pursue that relationship.
I can’t even remember the number times where I’ve been walking on a street, and I see a guy pass a girl, turn around and run after her, in order to ask her out on a date. I’ve never been this type of guy, but there’s something to be said about the courage required to pull that off. When it comes to relationships, I think long term, and therefore believe “just go for it” actually refers to the difficulty in commitment required by two people to make a relationship work.
Compared to a single date, a commitment to find and maintain common ground is immensely more difficult. It requires patience, learning, understanding. As a result, I think that many people don’t bother going through with it long term. Most successful long term relationships that I’ve seen have been created with effort, honesty, and compassion. It’s easy to ignore that, and say it’s too difficult, but again, a true success story will come when you “just go for it”.
I think you should just go for it.
Whatever your situation, you likely have some some ideas on the back-burner, goals to be achieved, or people to let yourself fall in love with. Executing is difficult, but keep in mind that all great things started with one step, the belief that it could be attained, and a commitment to attain it. This quote encompasses those ingredients, so keep it in mind. After much consideration and thought: “I think you should just go for it!”
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