There’s no end to the things that can get in the way of our Doing. And because we can just add Doing to our long list of things we want to get to in the future, we put it off until later. Until a more convenient time, when things slow down or the spirit moves or we finally feel up to the challenge. Or maybe you want everything to be just right so your Doing will be perfect and without pitfalls.
That last one is a very large trap. Very large indeed. It seems sensible, this perfecting and planning in preparation for the Doing. Even if it all takes place in your head. But the danger of falling into daydreams is real. They distract you from the Doing in heady, almost drug-like ways. You become a lotus eater, lost to the true purpose of your life, content to stagnate.
In this case, you must be your own Odysseus. You must restrain yourself from indulging and drag yourself away from those daydreams. You must act! You must do!
Yes, it can be a bit scary. Yes, you might fail, maybe evenly spectacularly. And yes, you could be disappointed that your daydreams don’t come true. All of that is possible. And none of it is enough to justify procrastinating.
But something else will happen, something subtle and magical. You will set in motion a chain of events that will lead you to real growth, real adventures and an entirely new outlook on yourself and your place in the world. You will look back on the days before your started Doing and wonder why you took so long to begin.