Planning saves me a lot of time and effort in executing ideas. Quoting the author Brian Tracy, “Every minute you spend in planning saves 10 minutes in execution.” Thanks to my 8-year corporate work, planning is a skill I have developed.
As much as it is a strength, it is also one of my weaknesses- ‘too much’ planning that leads to overthinking and inaction. Especially now that I am solely accountable to myself [no more bosses to report to or share the consequences with], I tend to overthink and then, find myself chickening out on pursuing new ideas. New and fragile ideas are quickly shut off by a series of excuses and imagined negative consequences.
I have been dreaming of ‘traveling’ for at least 6 months before I turn 30 years old. For years I have imagined myself board a plane, live in a foreign country and live like the locals do. As I start planning for the trip, a series of excuses and negativities flood my mind: I don’t have 6 months to spare. I need to save more money, [not knowing exactly how much I needed]. I imagine myself getting mugged and sleeping on the side streets with no food to eat. I fear not making friends, getting bored and lonely on the road and then, going back to my country realizing that this adventure was a waste of time and money.
There is just too many excuses and negativities that overpower the positive things that may equally happen: Connect with people of the same interest. Find a community to build a future with. Develop new skills. Discover a new interest. Create an outlet to give value to people. Go back to my country with exciting stories and adventures, or maybe not going back at all.
I just turned 29 years old a few weeks ago. Years have passed since I started dreaming of this. And the itch to go see the world is as fresh as ever. Will this forever be a dream or will I make it happen?
“There’s only us
There’s only this
Forget regret— or life is your to miss
No other road
No other way
No day but today.”
– from the Broadway musical, Rent