I have been working with a company to help them plan their upcoming women’s forum. It’s one of my favorite things to do, to build a session whose entire mission is to bring women together to connect and to be inspired, and to remind them that they can carve their own path professionally (and personally).
It sounds so lovely when I put it that way, but it’s a really hard message to deliver. Why? Because so many of us, and women in particular, have fears around doing something big: whether that’s going after a promotion, changing jobs, growing a business, and so on. In fact, it’s so common, that there are easily a handful of quotes that come to mind about getting past this fear and moving forward.
Any of these sound familiar:
“Just keep going. Everybody gets better if they keep at it.” – Ted Williams
- “Do something. Either lead, follow, or get out of the way.” – Ted Turner
- “If a thing is worth doing, it is worth doing badly.” – C.K. Chesterton
The message, the loudest message that I have ever heard repeated again and again, is: just keep going. Just do it. (Thank you Nike).
Bottom line? Doing something is better than doing nothing in the case for growth – and here’s why: both beget each other. The more you do, the more used to ‘doing’ you become – whether that’s deals, clients or blogs. Not doing invites fear – you will burrow in and do less and less, the more you do-not-do. Why? Because doing is a muscle. You gotta use it.
When it doubt, decide to take action – it doesn’t have to mean jumping off business cliff’s but it does mean forward movement. Don’t just do it – do it thoughtfully and with intention – but please, do something.