Sometimes you just have to stop thinking about it, make a quick decision and take action.
How often have you heard about something that is supposed to have a positive impact on your life. “Do this and that will improve,” and “I really recommend you try it, it works wonders for me,” are all phrases we will have heard from friends or online influences or whoever.
At the same time, I’m sure we’ve all encountered a problem or had self motivation to improve an aspect of our lives. We might search for and discover a solution. There might be one solution to the problem, or many available. Where there is one solution, it’s easier to take action and apply that solution. However, where there are numerous solutions available, we can become overwhelmed by choice. We forget about the original problem we were trying to solve or the aspect we were trying to improve. Instead, we acquire a new problem – which solution is best.
As an example, you might have known for a while that you need to take action to improve your memory. You search for some solutions and discover various methods. They might be brain training apps, a dietary supplement, visualisation techniques and so on. The problem becomes, which solution should you implement?
You might end p reading review, or looking at the Wikipedia pages and science behind particular methods. “Is this method the best solution?” “Does it really work?” The questions are endless, and instead of implementing a solution you find yourself stuck at the intermediate step or trying to assess multiple solutions to find the optimum.
Instead, take action to solve your original problem. Don’t get distracted by the new problem. Make a quick decision, pick a potential solution and implement it. If it works or gives you a benefit, great, problem solved. If it doesn’t, try another one. At least you have first hand experience and validated what works for you. You tried a method and it doesn’t work. The important thing is you tried and have now narrowed down the possible solutions.
Make a quick decision and take action.
Now, we’re not saying you should just go out there and implement the first solution to every problem you come across. That would be reckless and probably very expensive. Most solutions and services that provide value are not free. Most require a money investment. Some require you to invest time to achieve the full benefits. Naturally, you will want to ensure you’re making an efficient purchase as time is limited and we can’t spend all of our time trying things out that aren’t right for us.
This is where you have to consider what problem you have and what solution you’re actually looking for. Taking our memory example, the options might be as follows;
- Brain training apps. Apps like Lumosity have free versions, and the paid subscription isn’t going to bankrupt you. Rather than spending time researching the science behind it and reading review to see if it actually works, just download the app and get started. See if it works for you.
- Memory supplements. One such example is Ginkgo Biloba, a leaf/herb which is said to enhance memory. You can’t get it for free but you can buy a small supplement pack for less than £20 which is enough to give it a try. We like these ones by Nu U Nutrition. We’re not giving you medial advice here, and this is where it’s worth taking a bit of time to check whether it’s suitable for you, but the point is, if it is, to just get started.
- Memory techniques – one such example is the memory castle technique where you visualise items or words being in certain positions in a room, which you then walk around in your mind and recall the various stored bits of information. This method can be used to memorise a pack of cards through to ten thousands digits of pi.
All of the above are either free or relatively inexpensive. So take action. Get started. Try it out and see if it’s for you.
As the cost of the solution goes up, you’ll naturally need to spend some time researching before you make a decision. It might mean a significant time or money investment so do the due diligence. However, for smaller items and self improvement purposes, we lean towards taking action over spending hours or days researching the optimum solution. That time would be better spent on your main mission to add value to the world. Don’t lose sight of the wood for the trees.
Make a quick decision and take action.