The struggle is real!
“They say, "Look before you leap." So look. But do not look for too long. Do not look into the void of uncertainty trying to predict each and every possible outcome, to evaluate every possible mistake, to prevent each possible failure. Look for the opportunity to leap, and leap faster than your fear can grab you. Leap before you talk yourself out of it, before you convince yourself to set up a temporary camp that turns into a permanent delay on your journey into your own heart.”
― Vironika Tugaleva
I am a victim of overthinking.
As I started planning to build the website for Low Fidelity, a home for the creative platform which focuses on helping creatives achieve their potential, I noticed the project growing in my head each day. Choosing the perfect domain, the perfect place to host it, the perfect theme, the perfect images, the perfect content, the perfect pages, and the perfection list kept getting bigger. Each step I included in the plan added more complexity and confusion, which pushed the completion date further into the distant future.
Overthinking can keep us in a state of inaction, unable to move forward. We get locked into our minds, and the thoughts, worries, fears, and doubts take hold of us to imprison us. What once was a great idea with unique possibilities is now an anchor weighing us down, unable to get anything done.
One way to escape overthinking is to move with speed. As soon as the idea is born, ask yourself, what is the fastest way for me to get started? How can I strip the concept to its core and use it to take action? Instead of following the usual "how it has always been done" way of doing things, why not consider the essential aspect of the idea so you can get started with it right now? Strip the concept to its core and use that as your launching point. You can always add more or take it out later.
After a conversation with my coach, I realized that I needed to pare down the website to its core without the perfection weighing me down so I could move quickly. Instead of having a big reveal in the distant future with everything being perfect, what was the minimum viable website I could publish? For me, that is creating a page in Notion and publishing it. That's the fastest I can get the content up. It doesn't need to be fancy and perfect. It just needs to convey the information about Low Fidelity.
Instead of perfection, focus on experimenting and iterating on the idea once you start, which will help you refine, improve, and validate it to turn it into exactly what it needs to be!
It's time to stop overthinking and get started right now!
Now on to dealing with procrastination. ;)
I hope you have a wonderful weekend full of rest and recovery.
Till next time, stay strong!
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Like my friend Maria says, "Do more, think less."