Marie Forleo introduction

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Do you ever do this?

You’ve got a new project that you’re really excited about.

Could be anything from rearranging your panty drawer to launching a million dollar business. You choose.

You’re so darn pumped that your face hurts from continuous grinning and friends think that someone must have spiked your lemonade.

You’re about to get going and…

It happens.

You start overthinking.

Let’s go with the panty drawer example, shall we? You say to yourself,

“Hmmm. What is the best way to rearrange this panty drawer?

Thongs upfront?

By color?

Butt coverage?

Sexy first?

Granny panties in the back?”

Before you know it, you’ve over thought this to the point that you’re terrified of making a mistake. You throw all your panties in the air and collapse in tears and despair.

Now obviously, I’m stretching this a bit. Panty drawer re-orgs rarely cause meltdowns.

But you get the point.

Thinking too much sucks.

Literally. It can suck the life right out you.

While planning and strategic thinking have their place, I’ve found the most profitable thing to do 99% of the time is to stop overthinking and just get going, especially when you’re starting a brand new project.

It’s way easier to adjust your actions as you go than to get drunk over thinking until your idea loses steam or worse, you’ve lost your window of opportunity.

So the lesson for today?

Stop overthinking.  Taking action is good.  Granny panties should be chucked and not organized.

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10 comments

  1. OMG Marie — you totally crack me up! Not just the outrageously funny humor about panty-drawer organizational strategies (hey, were you in my head when you wrote that part?), but the brilliance and clarity of what you shared. Yes, amen, let’s stop overthinking and overanalyzing ourselves and learn to trust that wise still voice inside that just Knows the Truth.

    On my way to pick up the book recommendation right now. Thanks for the wisdom and the chuckles!!

  2. Dude, you are so funny. And spot on with your wisdom.
    Thanks for making me laugh and keeping me outta my head!
    You Rock.
    xoxo
    Sandy

  3. Not only did this entire e-mail/blog make me laugh…but even better…it illustrates a beautiful piece of marketing and communication…and YES I did say beautiful!

    Keep Rockin Marie!

  4. Marie, I am going to put off writing notes for a teleseminar tomorrow and organize my underwear instead. I think I may still have maternity underwear in there, and my daughter is turning 8! I swear I have not worn them 🙁 but, it’s time to LET GO and not think so much.

  5. Cedric Long

    Marie…you is/be a riot! Really good stuff. Definitely see myself goin’ there with the thinkin’ thing.

    And Mike Michalowicz site! Not only are you a riot, you stock them in your life! Keep’em comin”!

  6. Marie: I love reading your stuff. Very entertaining. But more importantly, you always make me think.

    And what great timing. I am starting a new business this week and after reading your post I realized that I have been putting far too much thought into it.

    Thank you for the insight.

    Jon

  7. I can see it – and not just because you’ve got bloomers at the head of this point. Nor because I have an overactive imagination…

    I have seen myself build up steam and stall out more times than I’d care to acknowledge just for overthinking. I know perfectionism is the culprit and in the last year I learned something very important about perfectionism.

    “A perfectionist is never happy with how things are.”

    There is always this need, this burning desire to make things better because they can’t possibly be okay right now. It’s a deep-seated unhappiness too, which fuels itself like a little sucking funnel, and it’ll drag you down before you can blink.

    My advice? Choose to be happy. Choose to just start. Rejoice in your choice and know you can always fix it, in one way or another!

  8. Claire

    Thanks Marie,

    I am slowly working through your posts – but loved your most recent post about starting a business with a little one around. I can’t wait to catch up to it.

    Light hearted, this post really talked to me. Why? Well, there was this time when my husband calmly entered the bedroom, stepped around the big pile of socks on the floor, said “I assume you will work it out”, and left the room. Yes, I had a sock melt down one morning, and all my socks ended up on the floor in a pile of helplessness.

    That aside, I love the point of the article. In software design, there are currently two competing practices: Waterfall and Agile.

    Waterfall, which has been the standard for years, is all about planning ahead of time, setting milestones, and then working for that plan for 2 plus years. It has tons of feature creep, and is inflexible to market changes. This has caused major software releases to get pushed back and to disappoint customers.

    Agile, as you would expect, is all about being responsive. The goal is to make a shippable feature each week, look at what is the best thing to take on next (which may be different from the week before), and then knock that out. It allows for much better response to changing customer desires.

    Sometimes, planning in needed for more complex problems. And the overall goals should stay the same for the product. But being able to do and adjust is core to this agile system. The key is to know when to dive a bit more into planning and when to just let it be.

    Thank you,
    Claire

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