March Reminds Me of the Need to Act

St. Patrick's Day

March is a month of birthdays in my growing family, so much so, that we now combine the celebration of a bunch of birthdays into one day. Of course, March 17th is Saint Patrick’s Day, always an important day on the calendar in my family since I was a kid. But as I’ve said before, not as important as July 4th, from a love-of-country point of view.

And then there is the change of weather that comes in March, where Winter all too often stubbornly surrenders to Spring. But it does. It always does.

The common denominator is that in our family we know you have to plan for March because it will come and go with or without you.  And if you plan for it, it’s one of the best months of the year.

I tell you all of this to suggest that when you make plans, be they to communicate or for business, or for career, or for any other reason, you need to know that time itself will march on with or without you. It will move forward with or without your organization. It will move ahead with or without your voice.

One of the most common problems I’ve seen in organizations is “paralysis of analysis.” It is possible to overthink something before communicating, or all too frequently, never communicating.  I’m not saying it’s right to fly by the seat of your pants and do no planning. In fact, I’m a huge planner and can be extremely methodical.

But what I am saying is, get those plans moving. Get them done. The world is not waiting for you and your organization to weigh in on an issue, a topic, or a concern. The sooner you move, the better off you will be.

Those landmark dates in your life will come and go. What will you do in the meantime?

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