You think it’s a typo, but it’s not a typo. We sit idly, meticulously planning our next move and waiting for the stars to align before we begin to accomplish what we wish. But the stars aren’t going to align perfectly, especially when we wait for them. It’s time to throw away “Ready! Aim! Fire!” Let’s realign to “Ready! Fire! Aim!”
An action is greater than words and actions breed further action. Sitting, thinking, and talking can be debilitating, leading us to think of all the reasons we should not do something, rather than why we should.
Take action, or “fire,” and then figure out what went well, what went wrong, and adjust from there.
There will be a few situations where aiming before firing works best. For instance, a hunter should carefully scope out his target. This is a potentially dangerous situation with devastating consequences if performed otherwise.
Thinking of starting a new business? Got a new concept or idea? Interested in pursuing a new lifestyle? These sort of changes can easily be implemented with the ready, fire, aim approach. Think of a start-up company who intends to sell a certain product. They enter the business world, with their customers providing feedback on what they wish the product achieved, not what it actually does achieve. The company was ready and they fired and with feedback from their customers, (hopefully) they can carefully adjust their aim to hit their target even better.
It works in the business sense but can work for you as well. Are we looking to lose a few pounds and wondering the best way to do it? Gathering lots of feedback and data? Then stop and just do something. Try eating better, exercising a little more, drinking more water, or walking backward on Tuesday. If it works, keep going! If it doesn’t, well stop! Just do something to get yourself started, and adjust as necessary.
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