There’s a saying in philosophy—thought proceeds action. It’s another way of saying that philosophy underlies everything. That governments, religions, marriages…they’re all supported by a philosophy of some type.
But I’d like to promote a reverse thought—put action before thought. When you wake up tomorrow, do 27 things. Don’t stand on the edge of your bed, contemplating epistemology or the end of the universe. Instead, get moving! Take a shower, send out emails, throw out the garbage. In short, get to work.
The more you ponder what to do, the less inspired you’ll be. It’s called paralysis through analysis. Reflection is for the evening, when you’re wandering the streets of your city. Then you can reminisce on the day. What worked? What didn’t? What do you need to adjust?
At the end of the day, pull put a piece of paper and write. Decide what you’ll improve on for tomorrow. Make a list and be brutally honest—if you lie to yourself, then you can’t expect anyone else to believe you. And when you wake up the next day, get back to work.
Put action before thought.