Thinking… it’s such an interesting concept. It feels like you’re doing something and yet not doing anything at all.
Obviously there’s a difference in actively thinking – when you’re troubleshooting a problem, working through an idea, etc. however this could be argued that you’re really moving. It’s internal thought building but there’s movement involved.
That’s not the thinking I’m talking about. I’m talking about the thinking that’s paralyzed either by fear or insufficient resources or the pure fact that I don’t know what I’m doing.
Engaging in this type of thinking can feel awfully close to action, but it’s completely passive. It’s subtle but once again it’s another trick of the con-artist at work: worry. Worry dressed up in one of its best disguises: reasonable.
But sometimes movement and waiting are not reasonable. They require guts and determination and fearlessly showing up. You stake the flag in the ground and make a bold claim. Being reasonable is playing it safe, it’s fine with being the critic, it has a lot of thoughts but nothing to show.
A simple starting point is to shift to either waiting (listening) or moving when you catch yourself getting stuck in that thinking vortex. Just shift out. Get a mantra. Get moving… or waiting.