In a professional context, there are all sorts of different things that people routinely do in order to try to enhance their productivity, effectively manage stress and self-doubt, and to be as innovative and dynamic as possible.
Out of all the different bits of advice that frequently get touted, however, perhaps one of the most common ones of all is to develop a professional bias for action. Many of the most successful entrepreneurs throughout the ages have advocated for this – in addition to all sorts of other high achievers in different fields.
While it’s always important to do your due diligence, whether that means taking the time to compare credit options and providers, or whether it means double checking the specifications for a new product, it’s very important to begin taking action as soon as possible, as opposed to keeping things “theoretical” for too long.
Here are a few professional benefits of having a bias for action.
You’ll avoid being ruled by rumination and analysis paralysis
Rumination and analysis paralysis are major problems which prevent many entrepreneurs and professionals from achieving their full potential.
Essentially, rumination is what happens when you are constantly caught up in self scrutiny, and are dwelling on past decisions. Analysis paralysis tends to occur when you’re overthinking the potential effects of a given action, and so can’t make a decision.
Developing a bias for action in your professional life, and taking action quickly and often, can help to prevent you from being ruled by rumination and analysis paralysis.
In many cases, the only way you are sure to know how different projects, campaigns, and actions will play out, is by actually getting started.
You’ll learn more quickly in a hands-on manner
Many professional lessons can only really be learned through direct experience – which is why entrepreneurs frequently develop their business acumen dramatically when working on projects and start-ups, even if those projects and startups end up failing.
The more you take action, the more rapidly you acquire hands-on lessons and develop your professional instincts.
Taking action in a professional context can end up teaching you many things in a relatively short space of time that you wouldn’t have learned through reading any number of professional success guides.
You’ll likely maintain a high level of inspiration and momentum
One of the best things about having a bias for action in your professional life, is that it naturally develops momentum, which in turn will tend to heighten your energy levels, and grant you a lot more inspiration and insight than you otherwise would have had.
Inspiration is a major driver of creativity, and professional momentum helps to prevent you from falling into a rut, losing steam, and letting your business falter in important ways.
Easily one of the best ways of helping to keep your professional momentum and inspiration high is by remaining active, and continuing to try different things.