AR – Action Required

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I used to think that I only needed to know a little more to make a difference. Years passed by, and I feel I’ve missed something. Often enough, I haven’t been able to put that into action.

Who’s to blame? No one. No one could set the right path for me. No one but me.

While committing myself to change for the better, two major frames would define how I’ll do it.

Incremental growth is day-to-day business, it is easy to reason with it. Time-lapses showed everything from how a plant grows to how a storm forms and starts to damp the grass. Incremental growth is decimals over numbers. Incremental growth is knowing your best friend since you were kids, meeting each other day in, day out. Incremental growth is constantly checking into your bank account, and if you’re brave enough, you’ll know it will raise.

Sometimes though, we are required to press the switch.

We have to go from 0 to 1.

At that point, factual knowledge won’t help at all. It will actually put even more pressure, trying to extend decision making until momentum is lost. And it won’t come back.

I actually feel a little disappointed to write about this. It risks to add up more information than you need to know. It risks to sink you into looking for other answers and compare them, hoping to pull out an even smarter decision. This form of naive realism has nothing to do with better connecting the dots – it is actually a way to subtly self-delude yourself.

Whenever I witness a shrinkage of time between thinking and action, I consider myself to succeed. Chances are, something would click inside your head too. Just go after that click until the next one comes to bother you. No matter if it tells you to do the opposite. Conditions are always changing. Assuming to have the right key is a shortcut would lead you nowhere.

Pursuing that click over and over, just reminding myself of the previous one’s quality, is what keeps me alive and ever changing.

See that One in every Zero you used to look at.


Photo Credits: Ewa.P

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