Whatever your point in life, there is a good chance that you are beginning something. A project, a new level of education, a career, some sort of journey, whether internal or external. It’s true for me, that when starting something, I tend to get snagged on little details, decisions about the final product that block progress and drain my energy. It’s not long after that that I throw in the towel, scrap the idea, or feel the need to start over.
I’m so worried about how the product will turn out, that I can barely begin.
Maybe you’ve felt the same way.
What if we changed our mindset?
There’s a game I played as a kid, that you probably did too, and I’m sure is still sold in stores today. That game is Operation.
If you’re unfamiliar, the idea is pretty simple. Players are surgeons taking turns trying to remove plastic “ailments” from the patient using small metal tweezers without touching the edges of the cavities containing these pieces. If a player touches the edge – BUZZ! – the player’s turn is over.
When I’m working on a project, it’s not unlike a game of Operation. I take my tweezers, slow my breathing, and try my best not to shake as I slowly and carefully reach into the patient to pull out the ailment – BUZZ! – My tweezers touch the patient, I’m forced to regain my composure, and wait until my next turn.
When I go about a project that way, so much time is wasted overthinking what the outcome should be. It would have been faster to start the project with one of the first ideas I had and then whittled that down into completion.
It’s not wrong to think about a project like you would a game of Operation.
Remember though, You’re playing by yourself.
There are no rules…
mistakes will be made.
There is no buzzer…
and you do not have to wait your turn…
but you won’t be able to fix what you haven’t started.
So, grab your tweezers and get operating.