Just came across this fabulous HBR article titled “Four Reasons Any Action is Better than None” by Rosabeth Moss Kanter and thought it was well worth sharing. I love her reasoning that high performance cultures have people with high levels of initiative and innovation: looking to simplify problems and projects into small, manageable chunks, recognise the value of small wins, have a go and push through uninspired moments by creating energy through action.
Along the same lines, this lovely quote came from this week’s Brain Pickings, with musician Jack White quoted as saying “Inspiration and work ethic – they ride right next to each other…. Not every day you’re gonna wake up and the clouds are gonna part and rays from heaven are gonna come down and you’re gonna write a song from it. Sometimes, you just get in there and just force yourself to work, and maybe something good will come out”.
I’m sure we all can relate to moments of low inspiration and energy, and/or being mentally constipated from analysis paralysis, indecision and lack of clarity. It resonates with me that, in these moments where flow and inspiration are lacking, the best way to push through and drum up energy and drive is by doing something. Force yourself to keep going. Just keep moving.