Bringing your best effort to everything you do, ensuring you’ve done your homework to proceed with confidence in any situation. But there’s always the risk of overdoing things. Here are typical situations to get over.
Perhaps you have things you should be doing, but are stuck over-thinking. Moving forward is far more important than wanting things to be perfect before taking action. If you don’t have the key information you need to move ahead, then find a way to get it quickly. Plan your thinking and establish in advance critical bits of information you need. Crystallise your thoughts into a list of actions to keep you progressing. Otherwise, you may get stuck in the thinking overdrive whilst the world moves on.
This happens when people have to make a choice and vacillate because they are projecting the worst. Analysis is important because you need to know what you’re dealing with, but if you overdo it, you’ll stagnate. In any situation, there are a handful of things important to outcomes required. Have some guiding principles for making decisions and choices so that you don’t stall. Choose a course of action and alter it as needed by changing circumstances.
Stretch yourself and keep expanding your capacity, but don’t take on more than you know. It’s impressive to be able to handle much to a high standard and do a reasonable amount of the right things very well. Stop saying yes to everything if you know your capacity threshold is only so much. If it’s someone else giving you more work than you have time to do well, agree with them what tasks you already have that may be delayed in favour of new more urgent tasks.
This can be a waste of energy and misplace your focus. Knee jerk or panic reactions only tend to make a situation worse. In fact you shouldn’t have to be in such a position on any issue that is important if you exercise adequate oversight over it in the first place. If you are faced with a real nasty surprise take the action necessary, but do so with a level head.
Now take action:
What one thing do you need to stop overdoing?