Many times as managers, coaches, or leaders we think we have to become experts in a new area before we take the step and try something new. The people we lead do the same thing. We all think that we have to know all aspects about something before we can start. Learning all aspects and becoming an expert in a particular area takes a huge investment of time and energy. This unfortunately leads people to fall prey to the Law of Diminishing Intent.
If we don’t take action soon, when the idea strikes us and the emotion is high, fairly soon the urgency starts to diminish. The morale of learning something new falls by the way side and we never act. The key is to not just learn, but to act as you learn.
Jim Rohn put it like this. People who are learning without taking action, is like a man who continues to bring building materials to a job site. Day after day he brings lumber, plumbing supplies, shingles, nails, drywall, carpet, tiles, insulation, ext. An onlooker sees all the things that he’s bringing to the job site and says, “Wow, you sure have a lot of stuff. You must be building something amazing.” The man replies, “Yeah you should wait and see what I bring tomorrow.” The man continues to bring new materials, but never BUILDS anything. Eventually he gets tired and moves on to something else and nothing is ever built.
Never mistake movement for action. You can plan your route, fuel the tank, and pack the car but it you never get going it’s all a waste of time. You have to translate that intention into action fairly soon or your passion will turn cold and soon it will be a distant memory.
Start with something small and take immediate action. You and the people around you will have an ignited passion and sturdy developing intentions that lead to great things.