The “Do Something” Mindset (The Power of Practicing More)

Thomas Oppong
Sep 29, 2016 · 4 min read

“For the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them.” ― Aristotle

You alone have the power to close the the gap between where you are now and where you want to be. It’s a choice that comes with responsibility, sacrifice and a lot of grit. Nobody can push that further to do anything more than youself.

Your inner dialogue determines how you present yourself to the world around you and most importantly when you take the necessary steps to actually make a move in the direction of your dreams.

Rather than avoiding opportunities or convincing yourself that you can’t do something, say yes to more things. Yes to creating more. Yes to doing what really expect of yourself. Yes to progress.

And yes to starting today, not tomorrow. You should also learn how to say “no” more often if agreeing to do too many things is one of your problems.

You don’t win by sitting on the fence. You succeed by getting your hands dirty. There are no shortcuts to progress or mastery. You can never beat the process. But you can overcome the obstacles.

You want to start a business, get on with it. You want to make a significant move in your career. Make that move now! It’s never too late to make, create or do. The time has never been right. It never will.

Action begets outcome. Outcome begets action. Rinse, lather and repeat and you have momentum. You’ll become unstoppable. Run, walk or crawl. Whatever you do, just move in the direction of your dreams.

You will be better than everyone else who isn’t trying, moving or making progress. Everything else around you is moving. Nobody stops for you because you want to think things through. Don’t overthink!

Knowledge does not necessarily drive results

Many people are caught in the “knowledge trap”. The pursuit of more facts, information, skills, experience, education or practical understanding of a subject before taking action.

We often hide behind knowedge acquisition and use learning as an excuse to delay the more important choice of actually doing something or getting your hands dirty. You should be spending your time actively practicing.

James Clear explains:

Passive learning is not a form of practice because although you gain new knowledge, you are not discovering how to apply that knowledge. Active practice, meanwhile, is one of the greatest forms of learning because the mistakes you make while practicing reveal important insights.

You need some level of knowledge to get started in any endeavour but you don’t need all the inofrmation about your industry to do something about your chosen life’s work.

Nobody can ever be ready to do anything. Learning something new can actually be a waste of time if your goal is to make progress and not simply gain additional knowledge.

Choose to practice more

You get better with practice. Almost nobody gets it right the first time, or the 21st, or the 41st time. Active practice creates skill. Overtime you improve and become a master of your craft.

“Everything in life worth achieving requires practice. In fact, life itself is nothing more than one long practice session, an endless effort of refining our motions. When the proper mechanics of practice are understood, the task of learning something new becomes a stress-free experience of joy and calmness, a process which settles all areas in your life and promotes proper perspective on all of life’s difficulties.” — Thomas Sterner, The Practicing Mind.

Practice done properly isn’t drudgery on the way to mastery or a waste of your valuable time, especially if you are a beginner but a fulfilling process in and of itself. Don’t rush it.

The almost inevitable desire to hurry up the process can impede your creativity. Give yourself permission to screw up in the process. It’s okay to suck. You will get better with time. There are no shortcuts to mastery. Only smartcuts.

Practice shifting your mind and energy towards both focusing on and finding joy in the process of “achieving” instead of having the goal itself. Once you mastr this skill, the practice and the act of doing something becomes easy. It’s incredibly fulfilling to know that you are actually getting stuff done, no matter how slow you move.

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A network of business & tech podcasts designed to accelerate learning. Selected as “Best of 2018” by Apple.

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