DON’T OVERTHINK IT/ TAKE THE NEXT STEP | GNOMIC Motivation
February 7, 2022
One day a young man moved into a cave to study with a wise man. He hoped to learn everything there was to know. After giving his student a stack of books, the wise man sprinkled itching powder on his student’s hand and left. Every morning the wise man returned to the cave to monitor his student’s progress. “Have you learned everything there is to know yet?” the wise man asked.
And every morning his student said, “No, I haven’t.” Then the wise man would sprinkle itching powder on the student’s hand and leave. This was repeated for months. But one day, as the wise man entered the cave the student took the bag of itching powder and tossed it into the fire.
“Congratulations!” said the wise man. “You’ve graduated. You’ve learned you don’ t have to know everything to do something positive. And you’ve learned how to take control over your life and stop the itching.”
Many of us, like the eager student, want to learn all there is to know about a thing before taking the next step. There are yet those of us who spend tons of time on self-help books and motivational videos when all it takes to change our present circumstance is to take action — is to take the next step we see.
Overthinking an issue won’t make it go away. Taking action — taking a step at a time — might just take you closer to the solution you have been searching for. Beyond the fear and anxiety, beyond the procrastination, is the life you want. Change happens when you take action.
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