Think Before You Act

Do you think before you act?
Think before you act - did you ever stop to think, and forget to start again? - A. A. Milne

Did you ever stop to think, and forget to start again?

– A. A. Milne

Who Is A. A. Milne?

Alan Alexander Milne was a British writer, primarily a playwright, until he created Winnie the Pooh, which overshadowed all of his previous work.
Christopher Robin was Milne’s son and the rest of the Pooh characters, except Rabbit and Owl, were all Christopher’s stuffed toys.

Think Before You Act – You Need a Plan

Do you plan things out first or do you just go for it?
For me, it depends on the size of the project. If it’s something simple I can just go for it. If it’s bigger with a lot of components then I stop and plan it out.
It’s like taking a trip. If the trip is just around the corner to the grocery store, then go for it. You already know how to get there.
If, on the other hand, you’re going for a week to somewhere you’ve never been, then you’re probably better off taking a few minutes to plan it out. What do you need to take with you and how do you get there?

Follow It Up With Action

Here’s where the whole “stop to think but forget to start again” part comes in. A lot of people wrap themselves up in the planning so much that they never take action.
A plan is important but even the best plan will not get the job done if it is never acted upon.
The plan and executing the plan go hand-in-hand one is no good without the other. Without a plan you don’t really know if your action is the right action. Even the most brilliant plan without action is really not much better than doodles on a piece of paper.
Actually, the doodles might be better if you’re a good artist. You could sell them for money.
Plan, then execute the plan. There you have it.

Bonus Quote

Create a definite plan for carrying out your desire and begin at once, whether you are ready or not, to put this plan into action.

– Napoleon Hill

Check out the previous quote of the day on how to succeed.

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