Do What Nike Says

In this blog, I talk a lot about the importance of planning but, after all is said and done, there comes a time when you need to stop planning and Just Do It!

I know what you’re thinking: I can’t believe this guy is quoting a corporate slogan! But it really does define what needs to happen next. Research and planning is absolutely essential, but nothing happens until you actually do something.

Let’s take a look at dieting as an example. I’m a big fan of calorie counting. For me, this strategy has done wonders. However, there are a lot of diet enthusiasts that hate this method, and people will debate to no end about which diet method is better. The truth is, any plan will work. You just need to do it. Anything worth doing will require time and effort but mostly, it will require actually starting the process and sticking to it. If you hate calorie counting, you can throw a rock out of a window and you’ll likely hit another diet plan that can help. Please note: I do not endorse rock throwing out of any window in any way! What I’m trying to say is there are many diets out there and they all probably work. Whatever diet plan you choose, make sure you actually start it and stick to it. Nothing happens until you do something. This is true for all aspects of our lives.

By sixth grade, I became known as a class clown.  My parents always made sure to graciously supply me with a never ending amount of material. As I got a bit older, I started hanging out with other class clowns and since we were always goofing around, we often talked about how great it would be to do a comedy club act. This of course would take some nerve. It’s one thing to be the funny guy in a group of friends or a class clown, but it’s another thing all together to prepare a routine, get up on stage and make a bunch of strangers laugh. Finding a club that allows you to try out your material is the easy part, most comedy clubs have an open mic night where they let anyone preform for five minutes. The hard part is actually doing it. For something like this, you can prepare all you want by researching comedy clubs and rehearsing your material over and over but ultimately you need to actually go through with it. This is what separates those who achieve what they want from those who don’t. Yes, planning is utterly crucial, but nothing happens unless you actually do it.

My fellow class clown high school buddies and I graduated in 1995.  None of my buddies ever went forward with doing a comedy show. I myself didn’t get around to doing an amateur night until 2002. It took me seven years to work up the nerve to do it. But once I got a taste, I realized how enjoyable it was.  I’ve been back many times and have even headlined my own show more than once. What I noticed immediately after my first amateur comedy night is whenever someone would find out that I did stand-up, even at an open mic night, they would always say something incredibly positive. They would get really excited and would tell me how much they respect the fact that I did it and go on to ask me a ton of questions about the experience. But one question that no one has ever asked about my stand-up is whether or not I’m any good. I’ve been doing comedy for more than 10 years and no one has ever asked or cared whether I was any good. This was such a beautiful lesson for me. There are some things in life we’re afraid of doing because we fear not being any good at them. But, at the end of the day, people care very little about whether or not you’re any good. For the most part, people are impressed with the fact that you actually did it.

So with that in mind, after all the planning is done, after all the strategizing, sometimes you gotta stop thinking, do what Nike says and Just Do It!