Most individuals get themselves into a quandry by overthinking. They often suffer from "paralysis from analysis". What this means is they think themselves out of taking action. The mind runs and instills fear in the person. This is the mind's defense against uncertainty. Any conclusion it draws is negative, thus implenting fear into the equation.
Success is a result of action. There is no success without action. If you study the most successful people in the world, you quickly understand that they take action which moves them consistently towards their goals. Fear, while present, is not a determining factor. People move forward in spite of the fear.
Does this mean that one should recklessly jump at any opportunity that comes along? No. That is not being smart. Rather, it is foolhardy. The intelligent do their research, get the facts, make a decision, then act. This is far different from just plunging in head first.
Warren Buffet is considered the best stock picker in the world. He is the richest man with a net worth over $45 billion. He uses the above approach when looking at a stock transaction. All the research is completed when he enters the trade. Of course, he is buying billions of dollars worth of stock at one time. The fear of loss might be present, but it does not prevent him from moving forward.
There is a time to think and there is a time to act. Most people do more thinking than acting (I am not referring to being on a stage). They suffer from paralysis by analysis. Overthinking causes them to miss golden opportunities right in front of them. They are too busy waiting for the perfect time. There never is a perfect time. Take action and make the necessary adjustments as you progress. That is how the successful operate.
The world is full of risk. There is nothing in life that is totally risk free. Even the most basic of activities has the risk of catastrophe. Taking a bath as an example. For most this is a risk free activity. Yet each year thousands of people die in their own bathtub. In reality, just getting out of bed involves risk. You can never avoid it completely.
Do not omit planning and research from your success process. However, understand there is a point in time when action is necessary. Resist the temptation to succumb to fear by thinking some more. Move forward and adjust as necessary.
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