Comments on: Thinking Versus Doing http://www.designmom.com/2013/02/thinking-versus-doing/ The Intersection of Design & Motherhood Sat, 19 Jul 2014 17:02:24 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.5.1 By: Friday Finds 2/28/14 | sometimes she blogs http://www.designmom.com/2013/02/thinking-versus-doing/comment-page-1/#comment-857559 Friday Finds 2/28/14 | sometimes she blogs Fri, 28 Feb 2014 15:00:33 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=31847#comment-857559 [...] I’m working on some projects I’m really excited about- And I’m really trying to implement this idea. [...]

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By: A Mom's Year » Dublin Street Wisdom / From China Village http://www.designmom.com/2013/02/thinking-versus-doing/comment-page-1/#comment-822213 A Mom's Year » Dublin Street Wisdom / From China Village Wed, 01 Jan 2014 01:37:06 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=31847#comment-822213 [...] came across a lovely blog this week called From China Village. The author had left a comment on Design Mom linking to her own post about street wisdom in Dublin. Of course I had to go check it out since she [...]

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By: Cherie http://www.designmom.com/2013/02/thinking-versus-doing/comment-page-1/#comment-446109 Cherie Tue, 19 Mar 2013 23:41:02 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=31847#comment-446109 Amy!

Imagine how surprised (not really) and pleased I am to stumble upon your lovely thoughts on this blog. I only occasionally visit and didn’t know you were contributing!

I relate to your lists and procrastination and need to prepare oh so very much. I am currently sitting on a musical arrangment that is ready for publication, but I’m terrified that I don’t know enough about the industry to start the process (i.e., a convenient excuse to delay possible and probable rejection). Just showing the piece to fellow musicians and friends felt like an enormous leap into the dark!

A book that has helped me recently is BrenĂ© Brown’s The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are. That book could have been written about me! I try too hard.

Can’t wait to read more of your words. Wonderfully thought-provoking post. Thanks!

(PS – this is Cherie from the hometown)

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By: Zoe - SlowMama http://www.designmom.com/2013/02/thinking-versus-doing/comment-page-1/#comment-441631 Zoe - SlowMama Sat, 02 Mar 2013 16:58:19 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=31847#comment-441631 I do life coaching and find this to be so true — the simple secret to making change is taking action. And when people are stuck and confused the only way out is to start moving – somewhere, anywhere – because the momentum helps propel them to further action and insight.

Great print — I need to remember it to eventually go in a home office.

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By: Amy Hackworth http://www.designmom.com/2013/02/thinking-versus-doing/comment-page-1/#comment-441524 Amy Hackworth Fri, 01 Mar 2013 19:50:14 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=31847#comment-441524 I love Gretchen Rubin, too. Lots and lots of practical wisdom. And congrats on your progress!!

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By: Amy Hackworth http://www.designmom.com/2013/02/thinking-versus-doing/comment-page-1/#comment-441523 Amy Hackworth Fri, 01 Mar 2013 19:49:30 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=31847#comment-441523 Thanks, Alexis. I also like the idea of grace, and ebb and flow. I believe in that, too.

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By: Amy Hackworth http://www.designmom.com/2013/02/thinking-versus-doing/comment-page-1/#comment-441522 Amy Hackworth Fri, 01 Mar 2013 19:48:03 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=31847#comment-441522 Christi, thanks for this comment. This is exactly what I needed to hear: “doing without thinking too much has been a rewarding and motivating upward spiral.” I love that! Thanks for your good example!

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By: Margaret http://www.designmom.com/2013/02/thinking-versus-doing/comment-page-1/#comment-441454 Margaret Fri, 01 Mar 2013 14:45:15 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=31847#comment-441454 I’m definitely guilty of making the perfect the enemy of the good, and using that as a defense against failure. I haven’t conquered that particular bad habit yet, but I try to keep in mind that quote: “If a thing is worth doing, it’s worth doing badly.” A failed attempt is better than no attempt at all!

Also, just had to add that I love Baltimore Print Studios — I took a screenprinting class with them, which I highly recommend, if you’re in the area! The pair who run the place definitely embody that “doing things” mentality.

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By: Mel http://www.designmom.com/2013/02/thinking-versus-doing/comment-page-1/#comment-441453 Mel Fri, 01 Mar 2013 14:40:21 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=31847#comment-441453 I can definitely relate. I usually am able to talk myself into taking action but I keep it a secret that I’m trying for something from everyone but my husband! My secret endeavors have included qualifying for the boston marathon (succeeded!), applying to grad schools (success and failure), interviewing for a new job (success!). If there is success, I share the news with everyone. If I fail, I decide how to succeed next time and decide to secretly try again :)

What is it about the possibility of failure that makes us so scared to try or admit we are trying?

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By: Christi M. http://www.designmom.com/2013/02/thinking-versus-doing/comment-page-1/#comment-441438 Christi M. Fri, 01 Mar 2013 12:16:56 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=31847#comment-441438 An artist I met when I was 16 told me he lived by the three P’s… In that perfection = paralysis, procrastination, and polarity (taking us further from “perfect”). I definitely reflect on it but value the positive attributes of perfection as well… Striving for greatness! I find that by doing without thinking too much has been a rewarding and motivating upward spiral… enables me to accomplish more and learn faster. :)

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By: Jennifer James http://www.designmom.com/2013/02/thinking-versus-doing/comment-page-1/#comment-441437 Jennifer James Fri, 01 Mar 2013 12:08:47 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=31847#comment-441437 I’m definitely an over-thinker, but more and more I am getting the courage to just jump! Great post, Gabrielle.

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By: Dragonfly UK http://www.designmom.com/2013/02/thinking-versus-doing/comment-page-1/#comment-441428 Dragonfly UK Fri, 01 Mar 2013 10:50:15 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=31847#comment-441428 Its nice to see other people who are in the over thinking club! But don’t you think the internet is where to find us – it really encourages extensive research, consideration and planning and is so big this stage can go on for ever and then you never actually get to the end of it and start!

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By: Michelle http://www.designmom.com/2013/02/thinking-versus-doing/comment-page-1/#comment-441398 Michelle Fri, 01 Mar 2013 05:12:21 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=31847#comment-441398 Unfortunately, thinking it through has been my life story. This year before my 50th birthday, I promised myself to take action on all of the past things I have been thinking about doing. It is beginning, and I feel such a sense of accomplishment. I’m going to put this sign up in my house.

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By: KatieB http://www.designmom.com/2013/02/thinking-versus-doing/comment-page-1/#comment-441280 KatieB Thu, 28 Feb 2013 20:51:41 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=31847#comment-441280 I remember watching my perfectionist mother as a child and imagining her on a diving board nervously biting her fingernails, looking into the water and all around her for some sort of clue as to what to do. I wanted to scream JUST JUMP!

Little did I know, I’d inherit a watered down version of that perfectionism. So many brilliant ideas…safely staying perfect in their ideal state.

I follow Gretchen Rubin’s Happiness Project blog and I think she falls into this category as well. She recommends doing the dreaded task for 15 minutes a day. And one of her go to quotes is “Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good.”

I have a resolution to attack one of my millions of brilliant ideas (neatly filed in a folder) for at least some amount of time every, single day. I get a check mark for doing it and that satisfies the perfectionist in me. Gretchen’s idea to do the resolution chart.

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By: alexis_gentry http://www.designmom.com/2013/02/thinking-versus-doing/comment-page-1/#comment-441231 alexis_gentry Thu, 28 Feb 2013 19:12:38 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=31847#comment-441231 Ah, my enemy and lover; perfectionism. :) I am attempting to give myself some grace for my periods of paralysis. Perhaps, I am incubating a wonderful new phase…or growing in a different place…or just expecting myself to be super-human. Whatever the reason, I am making progress. One. Foot. One. Moment. At a time. Thanks for a great post Amy!

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By: Maria Baker http://www.designmom.com/2013/02/thinking-versus-doing/comment-page-1/#comment-441230 Maria Baker Thu, 28 Feb 2013 19:09:11 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=31847#comment-441230 I am such a complete random mess most of the time, but people would never know that I’m a closet perfectionist. I’ve been trying to start a photography business for a couple years now, but I just don’t seem to have the courage to dive in completely. I just feel like I don’t know everything about the business aspects and I’m terrified I won’t have the right answer or someone will think I’m a fraud. I have the photo part down though! I’m really hoping this summer to just jump in headfirst and trust myself that it’ll all work out. Here’s hoping.

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By: Margaret http://www.designmom.com/2013/02/thinking-versus-doing/comment-page-1/#comment-441201 Margaret Thu, 28 Feb 2013 18:28:43 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=31847#comment-441201 Thank goodness I am not the only one!! (a support group would be great!) My partner wrote me a note once which says “procrastination is a long and very bad word”. By that he meant, stop just thinking about doing things and actually do them. I think part of me is actually scared of looking stupid and failing. I planned to open an Etsy shop a good year ago and I am still thinking about it. What’s holding me back? Nothing but myself. I should do it, but no, it’s much easier to continue to ponder it and look at other Etsy shops and blogs. As long as it remains just a thought in my brain then it cannot fail. Thank you for writing this post, it’s made me stop and think. I shall definitely try Grace’s 15 minute trick. And yes, I have loads of empty notebooks.

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By: Amy Hackworth http://www.designmom.com/2013/02/thinking-versus-doing/comment-page-1/#comment-441189 Amy Hackworth Thu, 28 Feb 2013 18:11:01 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=31847#comment-441189 Awesome, Torrie! I’m applauding your awesome resolution and totally cheering you on!

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By: Amy Hackworth http://www.designmom.com/2013/02/thinking-versus-doing/comment-page-1/#comment-441186 Amy Hackworth Thu, 28 Feb 2013 18:09:41 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=31847#comment-441186 Sympathy and encouragement from my writer’s heart to yours, Shannon! We can do it!

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By: Amy Hackworth http://www.designmom.com/2013/02/thinking-versus-doing/comment-page-1/#comment-441181 Amy Hackworth Thu, 28 Feb 2013 18:07:17 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=31847#comment-441181 Love it! And as I said on your blog, it delights me when public spaces are used like this. And what wise reminders!

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