“There are many ways of going forward, but only one way of standing still.”
– Franklin D. Roosevelt
Welcome to a new Unpack, I hope you’ve had a great week.
Our topic today is this quote from former US President Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
Do you suffer from analysis paralysis? Where you can’t figure out the “right” thing to do, so you stay paralysed and end up doing nothing at all?
If this is you, you’re not alone! (If on the other hand you can make a quick decision and keep moving ahead, you probably don’t need to read this post! 😉)
Here is the most important thing to remember when it comes to moving forward: there are no perfect next steps. There are no perfect decisions or perfect answers to your questions.
When we can accept that perfection isn’t achievable we can also begin to accept that a step in any direction can be a step forward. A step is a step forward whenever it takes us beyond where we are or have been. And it doesn’t need to be the “right” step to take us where we need to go.
If we decide to stay paralysed though, we stand still, and that takes us nowhere. Standing still is the same whether you are still deciding on your perfect move, or if you’ve made a conscious decision to take no action.
Of course when we are deciding the direction we are going to take it’s normal to give it thought and consideration, but at some point we have done all the deliberating we can and it’s time to take the step. Often the step we must take is into the unknown and that’s why we hesitate and wait to take it. But life is passing us by every second we sit and wait in our fear.
Is that the life you want? Are you prepared to stand still indefinitely, or are you willing to take a brave step into uncharted territory and see what awaits?
Wishing you a week of moving forward!
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