Your mind is filled with excitement, creativity, and curiosity. You may find the world filled with shiny new ideas to pursue (or be pursed by!) this week. The combination of all these lovely distractions and an acute case of itchy feet could spell disaster if you get too far ahead of yourself.
We live in a world where there is a lot to do and seemingly very little time in which to do it. Most of the work is catnip to light-workers, spiritual seekers, and your garden variety social justice warriors. Feed the poor, fight corruption, stop injustice and cruelty towards vulnerable populations, save the environment? Hell, yeah, let’s get to it, right?
We all want to save the world, and there’s a lot of saving to do. But even the noblest intent is meaningless without a good plan, so take your time, get all your ducks in a row, and proceed confidently knowing that you’ve done your prep work.
When faced with a project you are just dying to pursue, ask yourself the following questions:
- What do I need to know before I get started?
- Who is involved, and who will be affected by the outcome of this plan?
- Is now the best time to be doing this? Will waiting offer me a more desirable outcome?
- Does this really need to be done, or is it just an ego project?
- What is the very best I can hope to happen by doing this? What is the worst thing that can happen? Assuming the actual outcome is somewhere in the middle, is it still worth doing?
- Am I the right person to do this? Is my ego keeping me from enlisting help or delegating it to a more qualified person?
- In the end, is this going to be time well spent? Or is this just something interesting to take my mind off other important task I just don’t want to do?
Enthusiasm is good. Curiosity is good. Saving the world? Really, really good.
But sloppiness, my friend, is not good. Before you rush off toward the next shiny thing, pull on your grown up boots and do your research. Everyone will be better off if you do!
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