I remember the day I realized I’d gotten in the habit of hesitating to pull the trigger.
Not on my spouse, or on the slow driver in front of me. On my projects.
If I did manage to complete “production” on my work, I’d hesitate to pull the trigger on “shipping” it. The “product” sat on my warehouse shelves instead of being sent to its intended customer. Cards sat addressed and stamped but not mailed out. Writing pieces sat almost done, but not sent to editors.
I realized this one day as I was online creating custom labels for some CDs I was making. I spent an hour searching for a good label company to use, looking at the possible designs, choosing one, uploading my graphic to put on it, tweaking the colors on it, and then I final-proofed it and put it in my online shopping cart. Then I quit. I didn’t place the order. Instead I saved it for later.
Twenty minutes later, while I was on to the next thing, I wondered, “Why didn’t I just finish that task while I was doing it? It would’ve been so easy to just get it done. Now I have to remember to go back and finish that.”
So why didn’t I pull the trigger?
There had been a couple of times I gotten something almost done but waited to finish it. Then I got new information I didn’t have before, and I was glad I hadn’t yet pulled that trigger. I found a better price elsewhere, or I learned that it won’t work like I thought it would. I read a bad review of it, or I dreamed up a different, better way to go about it.
I’d reach almost done and start to wonder: Maybe I should sleep on this decision – think about it for a couple days. Is this the best possible deal? Am I going to regret this later? Have I spent too much time on this already today … maybe I should go work on something else for a while.
Not pulling the trigger did bring me relief a couple of times, but it brought me frustration much of the rest of the time. I had to work twice as hard to remember to go back and close the loop, finish the project, ship the product. And I had to live with the consequences when I forgot.
Better to pull the trigger while the metaphorical get-it-done gun is in your hand and aimed. If you wait until later you’ll have to find the gun, polish it up, reload it with motivation and re-aim it on your target. You don’t want or need to do all those extra steps.
Realizing that helped me a lot. Maybe it will help someone else out there too. Today, I want you to pray, then pull the trigger on your projects. Unless of course, God tells you not to as you pray. Or, if you are aiming at your spouse or that slow driver in front of you.
Do you have a tendency to stop short of done? ... Pull that trigger!