Are you a Thinker or a Doer?

Thinker or Doer

Are you a Thinker or a Doer?

Do you think about things, planning out every ‘what if’, worrying about all the potential problems, trying to get all your ducks in a row, making everything perfect before taking action?

Or are you someone who needs to take action and experience something first and then think about it afterwards?

For most of my life, I thought I was a thinker.

But I’ve come to realize more and more, I just need to DO stuff.

I still make plans and such, but often I just do what feels right and then analyze it afterwards. It may not always turn out the way I expect or wish (and I have made some epic mistakes) but I don’t waste precious life force worrying about everything that may or may not happen.

I don’t want to waste one moment worrying when I could be doing (aka experiencing life).

For example, sometimes writing a blog post is super easy; I can get it out in 15 minutes. I’ve even woken up in the middle of the night with fully formed article ideas swirling around in my brain.

Other times it is pure agony; I torture myself for days trying to decide what to write about.

But at some point (and this happens every single time), it clicks for me and the words just flow. And then I wonder why I agonized at all. I have come to realize I just need to write and then it all works out.

I approach many things in my life similar to my writing process; I just write when I need to write. If I need to learn something, I learn it. If I need to be somewhere, I go.

It sounds obvious and simple and it can be.

But most people think about, worry, agonize over and analyze stuff so much beforehand that they never get to the Doing.

Have you ever planned something so much that when the time came, you were disappointed because things didn’t go as you planned or you spent so much time worrying about what might happen that you couldn’t enjoy it?

Do you tend to over-analyze situations, think about the worst case scenario, or over-plan your day?

Do things have to be perfect before you do something?

Has anyone ever called you a worry-wart?

If you are thinking a lot and it stops you from taking action, then to be honest, you are thinking too much. Try doing instead.

I am an action taker. It is very liberating to just do.

Of course there are situations when you will need to think and plan and mitigate risk (and don’t get me wrong, thinking is good if it is productive thinking), but that can be part of the doing as long as you are still moving in the direction you want to go.

The point is you don’t have to beat a thought or situation to death with a stick before taking action.

Take the action. Have the adventure. See what happens. Learn from it. Repeat.

It can be that easy.

I challenge you today to do something you have thought about doing, maybe for a while. No more thinking about it, as Nike says, Just Do it!

Then tell me how it went in the comments below.

About the Author

Heather WIlsonHeather E. Wilson is the founder and CEO of The Canadian Coach, a directory and membership platform designed to unite, support and promote Canadian coaches. She's a successful business coach, speaker, author (Your Life According to You!), warrior, change-maker, risk-taker, and adventurer all rolled into one dynamic package.