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Financial, Relationship and Spiritual Growth. Personal Development. Leadership.

Leap Before You Look


There’s something to be said for leaping before you look. Often people are paralyzed by indecision, analysis, second-guessing, procrastination, planning, pre-planning, pre-planning-secondary-analysis-comparison. We wait for perfect organization, the perfect plan, the perfect weather, the perfect social situation, the perfect alignment of the stars and planets.

Here’s a better idea: Just start, then figure it out along the way.

While this advice doesn’t pertain to life-endangering hobbies like skydiving (parachute first, THEN jump), with most of the activities and goals that we have in life, most people suffer from mental inertia. If you remember your Physics 101, “an object at rest remains at rest.” So if you are at a complete stop right now, the hardest part is getting started. But the other half of the law of inertia says this, “an object in motion tends to remain in motion.” Once you start a task, it’s much easier to keep going, to make adjustments to your plan along the way. Ever noticed how much easier it is to steer a car that’s moving compared to one that’s parked? Successful people use the law of inertia in their favor, rather than allow it to hold them back.

So whatever project you’ve been putting off: Start!. In your life, you will regret most the things that you never attempted.

What do you regret never attempting? (That’s an actual question, not a rhetorical one, I’d love to hear some answers)

Author: Matt_S_Law

Matt S. Law is an author focusing on success principle and motivational books. He was born, raised and currently resides in Honolulu, Hawaii.

6 thoughts on “Leap Before You Look

  1. I fully adhere to what you wrote …… even if I think you missed out on an important element in the leaping before you look process …… the urge to change …….till the urge to change does not become strong enough you don’t have what is needed to take the leap ……. leaping maens going from the known to the unknown ……. and you only do this when you come to the conclusion that the unknown will be better than the known …… or that anyway it’s much better to go for the unknown than to stay where you are ……

    • I totally agree with you. Nobody will leap at all unless they decide to change first. And people will only change when they either “learn enough that they want to change, or hurt enough that they have to change.” (Unknown Author) Otherwise, most people are highly resistant to change. (speaking of change, I think I managed to change my settings so that I no longer have to approve comments in the future…)

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  4. What a great mindset to keep in mind, especially for entrepreneurs! My team and I are experience this first hand now that we actually have our first “product”. It can be scary when you start thinking about all of the potential downfalls and things that could go wrong, but who cares? Remembering today to leap before I look, and as we say: “ready. fire. aim.”. I’ve always regretted not learning how to code, but this month I’ve been doing something about it. Still tough, but a lot of fun!

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