Stopping and thinking

In a couple of recent entries I’ve used the phrase ‘stop and think’, advocating that we/I should do bit more of this – stopping and thinking.

But it’s not an end in itself.  Neither is it a ‘badge of honour’ (as I’ve been referring to ‘busyness’ lately).  Stopping and thinking should be, must be a stage in a process.

“Did you ever stop to think, and forget to start again?” 

– A.A. Milne

Stopping is good – it avoids us falling into a trap of mindless busyness.

Thinking is good – it focuses our minds on what is important, on what needs to be done.

BUT action must be the next step.  Only in acting can we make progress towards an objective.

Of course, we need to decide when we’ve done enough thinking to enable us to move in the right direction, at the right speed, with the right people etc, towards our objective.

Too much thinking can lead to (or present as) inertia; too little thinking can result in chaos and the need to re-work something.

How to discern between the two?  If you can coherently describe your destination and are clear about the first one or two milestones, you’re ready to act.  If you’re still unclear about this, maybe you need some alternative input, maybe you’re the wrong person to think this issue through.

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