Find Time to Cook Rice

riceToday’s Finding Time quotation is a Chinese proverb that is quite simple, and yet gets to the point powerfully, as so many proverbs do.

“Talk doesn’t cook rice.”

Whoever came up with Nike’s “Just do it” slogan may have been familiar with this snippet of wisdom; but I think it actually gets at a more complex truth than Nike does.

Rice, Planning, and Doing

Two recent Time Finder posts have examined the importance of planning in facilitating and managing transitions.  Find Time for Moving Through Change looked at the stages of change, while Finding Time to Bloom took nature as a metaphor to illustrate and enlarge on these ideas.

Both posts emphasized the importance of the preliminary work.  It is possible to go overboard on the planning front, however.  You can read more about this in this coming Thursday’s Finding Time E-zine as we continue our exploration of perfection paralysis.

The bottom line is that at some point, the thinking and planning and talking has to stop and the doing has to begin.  There is no way around this fact.  Between intention and action there is a step.  The journey can’t begin until that step is taken.

I would emphasize two things about this:

  1. Moving from intention to action is a step.  It is a big step, because it represents a new level of commitment.  You are putting yourself out and taking a risk.  It is important to honor the challenge that this can present as you launch into something new. You might plan a small celebration or ritual as you enter this stage of change.
  2. Moving from intention to action is a step.  It is a small step, because it is merely the first step of the many that will follow.  The journey, as they say, has a thousand steps; don’t make the first one bigger than it needs to be.

Do you find it challenging to move from reading the recipe to cooking the rice?  Was this post helpful to you? I invite you to drop me a line – I’d love to hear what you think!

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