Yes, I know it’s a cliche, but it’s always better to take action than it is to just think about taking action. Another case in point…
13 days ago, an orthopedic surgeon made a 10-inch incision… [I’ll spare you the details, but if you’re interested this is an awesome video] …and ultimately installed a brand new right hip for me. I’ve got a family history of arthritis, and (seriously!) I had a football injury my senior year in college that made a total hip replacement inevitable.
The key points follow. Keep both a total hip replacement AND the business analogy in mind.
- A problem existed, and was well known (…for years; decades, actually)
- The “I’ll address it someday” attitude reigned supreme
- The pain, disability and – most significantly – subliminal distraction, were ever-present
- The fix has been WAY easier I ever anticipated
Why did I wait?
I’m at best, 10% through recovery. I’m already better off. Why did I wait to take action? Maybe that’s not the real question. Maybe the real question is:
Why do we delay taking action, when taking action is always better?