Have you ever lost a life changing opportunity?
Did you ever pass on a great deal?
Have you ever regretted waiting for a better time to act?
The strategy of acting before you think keeps you from rationalizing your way out of making a decision you know in your heart is the right thing to do. Don’t stop and consider what you should do, instead trust your gut!
Too often people fear looking foolish, and, as a result, end up getting left behind and becoming victims. The rule doesn’t remove ‘thinking’ from the process.
The power to act before you think was advocated by one of the world’s most notable psychologists Carl Jung, whose work led to today’s personality test scales of introvert and extrovert. Jung said: “the creation of something new is not accomplished by intellect but by instinct.”
Jung’s phrase: “creating something new” is the same thing as:
- Problem solving.
- Decision making
- Productivity and Creativity
The three parts of our mind must work in harmony with each other, but conative, or the Instinctual mind is the part of us that determines whether we act in accordance with our truest selves or are influenced by the chatter of the masses.
When you think before you act, it kills your momentum. Your mental hard drive stalls forward, future focused action. You freeze the creative flow that moves towards creative solutions.
Portions of this article were inspired by Kathy Kolbe’s Powered by Instinct.