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Gary Keller on Over Contemplation of Ideas: ‘It Leads to Inaction’

Gary Keller on Over Contemplation of Ideas: ‘It Leads to Inaction’
The Siliconreview
30 September, 2021

“When you have Big Goals and Big Models with a Big Why powering them, you begin to Think Possibilities, and you begin to believe anything is possible.”

From a budding entrepreneur’s standpoint, running a successful business is not a piece of cake. There are endless roadblocks that challenge a businessman at every step, in other words. Consciously, this does not appeal to me. Look at the brighter side, these entrepreneurs have come out of their comfort zone and crossed all those ‘overthinking’ barriers. They are on to something fruitful and past the ‘deadlock’ phase. The phase I call inaction. From ideation to implementation, an entrepreneur goes through a series of conflicts that eventually leads to inaction. Simply put, over contemplation of ideas blocks creativity and leads to misuse of imagination. Let’s look deeper and further understand what factors predominantly cause inaction. The factor that stops most businessmen to take the first action is a constant focus on innovation before implementing a particular idea. There’s a universal rule about starting a new business: follow the model that’s already approved in the market. Going forward, if the model needs tweaking, do not shy away.

I would like to mention Gary Keller who in his book ‘The Millionaire Real Estate Agent’ talks about the ‘think action’ scenario and how it eliminates inaction. When possibility thinking supports a ‘big why’ with ‘big goals’ and ‘big models’, anything is possible. There’s no denying that ‘where there’s a will, there’s a way’, but eliminating inaction is what makes a difference. Goals are set, models are vividly laid; it’s time to take action. Like I cited above, challenges are part and parcel of running any business, but when goals are set, these challenges, in turn, present even bigger opportunities. Working consistently on reaching your goals is fun, rather than working clueless. Dividing a long-term goal into many short-term ones is an ideal approach to reach any destination.

Facing roadblocks running a business is a dream come true than overthinking an idea. ‘Think action’ and keep the motor running. Trying is better than not trying. Failing after trying is worth it as there are lessons that teach us valuable lessons. Going forward, these lessons alert us for not repeating them. In a nutshell, have an idea ready, know your ‘big why’, set your goals and models’ and take action. Do not over judge a situation.

Here’s a quote from the book depicting why taking action matters, compared to overthinking ideas.

“When you have Big Goals and Big Models with a Big Why powering them, you begin to Think Possibilities, and you begin to believe anything is possible. Now, when you begin to believe your Big Goal is possible, the natural result is that you start forming plans and get more focused on making things happen. It then follows that the next way to think is to Think Action.”