Motion makes you feel like you’re getting things done. But really, you’re just preparing to get something done. When preparation becomes a form of procrastination, you need to change something. You don’t want to merely be planning. You want to be practicing. If you want to master a habit, the key is to start with repetition, not perfection. You don’t need to map out every feature of a new habit. You just need to practice it. Atomic Habits - James Clear
I feel I am guilty of this.
Waiting for the perfect moment to take action, with the right tools, the right motivation with the right research.
But there are always more tools, more things to learn and distractions that get in your way.
My friend who would love to be a writer also suffers from this.
Planning story lines, fleshing out ideas or dreaming up plots are essential activities for writing fiction, but when does that stop and the writing begin? When does being “in motion” stop you from being “in action”?
Progress, not perfection.
Action, not motion.
I’ve swung the pendulum completely in the other direction. Minimal planning and goal-setting and just action.
“Action, not motion” - love that line! Always used “Consistency over intensity, progress over perfection.” Now I have a 3rd one to add to the mix! :)))