“Vision without execution is hallucination.”
There’s a great scene in The Witcher 3 Blood and Wine expansion, where the characters Geralt and Regis are setting out to rescue the duchess’s sister, Syanna.
Geralt starts complaining and says, “(I’ve) got serious reservations about this plan. Not least among them, we have no idea where Syanna’s being held.”
To that, Regis responds, “Hardly a reservation, more of an excuse. I’m certain you’ll find her, you must merely decide you wish to.”
Oftentimes, we don’t follow through with our plans, whether that means exercising or doing creative work. We get ourselves stuck in the planning phase, and at this point, planning out how to do these things is really just an excuse to procrastinate.
We think too much about what could go wrong, or what approach we could be using, but we never get around to actually doing the work.
Personally, I’m often asked about how I manage to write every week without fail, as well as read an average of 5 or 6 books every month — and that is, without affecting my already packed studies, and without sacrificing my time to do other hobbies, such as cycling, and playing music and video games.
My answer to that, as cliché as it sounds, is that I just do it.
Sure, I have a rough plan of how to manage my time or get my work done, but I don’t stay in that planning phase for long. What’s more important for me is to take concrete forms of action and learn from my shortcomings along the way.
Over time, I would have a better idea of the things that work well or don’t work well. I merely have to start.
Secondly, I don’t find the time do these things. Because they’re important to me, I make the time to get them done.
Plus, I’m not just talking about work — recreational or unwinding activities are a huge priority for me as well, so I’m sure to make the time for them in the same way.
Elon Musk was once asked in an interview about how he’s able to lead two highly disruptive companies, Tesla and SpaceX at the same time. His answer was — if something’s important enough to you, you’d always find a way to get it done somehow.
Plenty of things can unexpectedly pop up throughout the week, or even a single day. You could go through a depression. Your laptop breaks down. Whatever it is, there’s always a way.
So get going.
Don’t let yourself be overwhelmed by the big picture. Whatever you’re setting out to accomplish, it’s definitely doable if you simply take it one step at a time.