No more planning! Time for ACTION!

The best time to start – is now.

One of the coolest things I heard last year is that it’s best to get clarity through taking action.

I learned this from Marie Forleo.

The basic idea is that we don’t need to wait to “know” or “discover” or “find” the perfect plan. We just need to start. And learn along the way.

Perfectionism is a dream killer, because it’s just fear disguised as trying to do your best. It just is.

The Daily Love is a giant experiment in starting before I was ready and getting clarity through action. When I first started, I had no real idea what TDL was going to become. I just knew I had to write every day.

And now that it’s growing even more, I still don’t know what it’ll be in 1,2 or 5 years, and I don’t know if I have the skill to actually pull it off, but that doesn’t stop me.

There is a magic that comes from simply starting. From just doing it. From deciding to take constant action. You don’t have to make some crazy quantum leap; all you have to do it just take a small step. One at a time.

And from there, it all starts to form in front of your eyes. The unseen becomes seen; a way is made from what seemed to be no way.

Too many people need some kind of certain outcome before they can start. This is what starts to slowly kill dreams, one fearful moment of stasis at a time.

The goal should be to get started and know that you will learn along the way and that you aren’t supposed to get it perfect the first time through.

Even if you think you’ve found the perfect plan, once you start to make it happen you will see that things don’t ever go the way that you plan them to.

The future is uncertain, but what will bring you one step closer to your dreams is action. Planning is important. But action is key.

Can you commit today to learning through action instead of needing the perfect plan to start?

What would that look like?

As always, the action happens in the comments below. Leave a comment and join the conversation! The TDL Community thrives in the comments and it’s a GREAT place to get support!



  • Robin~Briggs

    Hi Mastin ~ Thank you for sharing such a simple truth but so hard to do. But I know I can do it. Ahhhh, but where do I start?!  🙂  I want to start making documentary films on topics of interest to me: any number of global human rights issues, environmental conservation and yoga topics.  But, which one do I choose?  What is that special “je ne sais quoi” of ‘robinness’ that will tell the story with uniqueness and more importantly will mean something to the rest of the world. Not that I’m attached to the end result but I do want it to be transformative, moving or else what is the point?!  I do not feel like I need a fancy camera and I pretty much know how to use the film making software (Final Cut Pro).  So it’s the decision on the topic and I don’t want to end up saying, “why did I chose this, I should have chosen that…”.  I have way too much libra in my astrological chart. 🙂  BUT, plenty of scorpio to get the job done. And the creativity part will all be taken care of with pisces in my creative house. Ok, I’ll stop here. Thanks for your fabulous selves Mastin and Jenna.

    • Diamonde

      You should do that! All you have to do is start recording. We need more impacting things to watch.

    • Jhanson

      Robin, focus on your passion.  If you do you will know what story to tell AND no doubt, if you are focussing on your passion you will speak LOUDLY to others.  In a transformative way.  Be the transformer.  Know you are, be passionate and you will succeed…over and over again.

  • Jeanette stein

    Thank you! I needed this today. I am a teacher that created a website with lesson plans to make life easier for other teachers and to keep myself organized. I had no idea that there was such a need for help with the new (nearly national) curriculum. I can get so overwhelmed with it all. I want to help everyone, but I get overwhelmed and help no one, especially myself. This is the kick in the pants I needed today.

  • Jhanson

    FANTASTIC!!!!  EXACTLY what I needed to read today.  Thank you Mastin and thank you Anthony for calling me this morning and recommending that I read todays Daily Love!!!!  Love you brother!  xo

  • Melissa

    Thanks Mastin! This post stirred up my studies of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. The very fist line is “Now, the teachings of yoga” or “Now, after previous preparations, begins yoga.” Of course, this is the opening of the text, the beginning, but the translations always include that word “Now.” I like to think of it as the always “now” meaning – the present moment. We take action on the mat. We breathe, move between poses, hold poses and by the end of the practice, we’ve created many things – sweat, heat, strength, length, balance, and stillness, among many other aspects. Yes, planning is important but it’s the doing that teaches. The next time we step to the mat, we’re in the “now” again and over and over and over and suddenly we’ve built a solid practice. Something wonderful has been created by doing in the moment with repetition. And almost every yoga practitioner begins without knowing, without planning for the outcome. It takes a tiny leap of faith to take action in the now. A student can hope to become more flexible, stronger, lose weight, gain balance, gain clarity, when starting a yoga practice, but they will only learn through action. 
    What is so cool about this process of yoga is that in my own practice, time and time again, I’ve seen that what I practice on my mat extends and bleeds into my everyday life. “Now” is the time to write this chapter. “Now” is the time to call that loved one. “Now” is the time book that flight. We become more real, the best versions of ourselves, when we are conscious of the power of now.

  • Great posting – I’m going to print this out and have it pinned by my desk as a reminder. I’m starting a new life project and it can seem overwhelming or that I’m unprepared. This is my reminder that its ok to feel like but not to let those feelings rule me. Its about small actions everyday. I think that there is something about staying in the moment of possibility that helps grow the project and being separated by the expected outcomes. However our society is ruled by expected outcomes so I think that for personal projects (i use that word loosely) I going to use setting an intention instead of an objective.

  • Taylor7ft6

    I appreciate Melissa’s comment “We take action on the mat. We breathe, move between poses, hold poses and by the end of the practice, we’ve created many things – sweat, heat, strength, length, balance, and stillness, among many other aspects.”
    I sometimes don’t follow through with my daily yoga practice because I think that it really isn’t that heart pumping cardio that I’ve idealized to be the perfect workout. But really yoga is so much more. It’s more than a workout, it’s a way to live and so much is created when I remember to live in the moment, not looking at the end result of my workout.

  • Tiffany

    Thank you for the action message. Kindly,Tiffany

  • DJ

    Thank You Mastin, I took action and signed up for Discovering Your Souls Goals for 2013! So excited.

  • Amandine

    Love love love!! The timing of this is divine. I’m actually beginning my own blog/site. While people were celebrating New Years, I was buying a domain name and typing. 🙂  I have no idea where it’s going to lead, but I feel called to do it. After attempting to perfect my coaching practice site, I learned that the uni-verse wasn’t looking for perfection, but for Oneness with my work. That wasn’t happening because I was so distracted with the correct this and that’s of the site.

    Thank you, Mastin, for posting Marie’s “tweetable”. Blessings! 

  • Kathy

    Thanks so much Mastin…I’ve been on the sidelines for a while now regrading a new project and I know it’s because I’m not certain if it will be “successful”. We never are right…but I know for certain that if I don’t try, it will be a guaranteed failure. I’m jumping in!! As always, great words of wisdom!

  • When I was encouraged by a friend to START blogging, I had no idea what I was doing. I am NOT techy, and just the thought of getting on the computer and starting…took awhile. Fear, Fear, and more FEAR…was my master. Although, I have not taken ONE writing class (except for English in college), I knew I had vital information for people. I knew I was going to be REAL, RAW, and REVEALING. I knew my information was priceless. I knew someone out there was going to be REALLY interested in what I have to say. I knew I was going to help A LOT of people, help themselves, by using my life as an example. I KNEW that the Uni-verse was whispering for me to get going…even though I was far from perfect. And, I did. Since then, I hired myself (LOL), as “THE DAILY COMMENTER” on TDL, I have been asked to be a “CONTRIBUTOR” on TDL, and my blogs are being read by more and more people daily. And guess what, I still do not have a website up and running. It is a work in progress. I am continually editing my past blogs and see that my writing is vastly improving. I can only imagine where I will be in 5 years. This is so exciting TO KNOW (not think) my dreams will come true. I know this because they already are. And, is it because of YOU!  Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. So humble, grateful and excited for the world to meet…me! Why not, me?  Stay tuned….
    The Daily Commenter, Kathleen  (My #1 Blog of 2012 was…”SURFERS”) 

  • Kat

     How many things have I begun only to allow them to fall by the wayside due to fear of failure?  What might have been accomplished had I just stayed in the Now for a few more days, weeks, even minutes, it seems sometimes?  This is my first time visiting and I want to thank my buddy Garth for recommending it.  Today was starting out to be a bad day and I feel a glimmer of hope now.  Thank you for the bit of light!

  • Karenmcgann75

    This is a brilliant blog Mastin and so timely for me on a personal level. My perfectionism and refusal to countenance failure, has ironically held me back over the years and Im in the process of releasing myself from these misguided and self-imposed restrictions. Thank you for the wisdom and continue the great work on TDL – it’s a wonderful, life-affirming experiment and trust me and all your followers – you are getting it right! 

  • Tal

     Taking action is actually my theme for 2013! I find I analyze and think and plan way too much and barely take action, only to feel upset for not pushing forward with my ideas, so this year I’ve made it my primary goal to change. It’s a little scary, but I know that once I take the first step I’ll feel so much better about myself.

  • Jas

    Thank you Mastin. I needed this today. This may seem trivial to some but I have started taking action in one of the simplest ways I know I will succeed…cleaning out my clutter. Procrastination has always been one of my weakest, if not the worst. After following TDL, I am motivated than ever to do better coz I know I, and my family, deserve better. Thank you TDL community for keeping it real.

  • d Mpshe

    Thank you for this encouraging post…I really had to read this because things didn’t turn out the way I planned today and this post gave me hope again:-)*

  • RobinBriggs

     @JHanson-I feel passion inside me. But there are SOOoooo many issues out there that need attention that I feel passionately about. How do I choose just ONE? Then it almost makes that one more important than the others and that’s not so. But, yes, thanks for the reminder, the truth, that if I tune into my passion it will speak loudly.  I don’t feel it’s fear that is stopping me. I feel it’s lack of clarity.  (is that masquerading as fear? 🙂  I do agree with another post that this is the year to stop thinking and just do. I feel that strongly. I have to stop waiting for that big sign post, “DO THIS ONE” and just do it.  Thanks to Diamonde for your encouragement!

    • Robin,

      You can do it!  WHATEVER you want to do!  I get that you are passionate about so many issues, that to choose just one, seems to say that one is more important than the others.  I’ve struggled with that myself.  But all you can do right NOW is to pick one and do it!  Then, do another one after that!  Keep going until you have conquered everything you want.  It’s not like you have to pick one cause and spend the rest of your life on it.  (Unless you want to, that is.) 

      I think once you get started, one cause will, ever-so-slightly, stand out from the others.  It may be in the form of it being easier to make a documentary on at this time.  Or you may meet someone or some people to help you with one cause’s documentary.  Or one may be closer to home, and more convenient right now.  Those are clues.  Clues on where to start.  But that’s all it is.  A starting point. 

      Best of luck to you!!  I have no doubt you can achieve your dreams once you put your mind, heart, and body into it!  🙂


  • Stephanie

    This is so inspiring! So often we say that things need to be a certain way before we make a change or we get overwhelmed and don’t know where to start so we do nothing. Just get started one step at a time. This was very motivating for me. Thank you Mastin!!

  • Binhng195

    Hi Mastin!

    I love u brother. Sending u unconditional love always. I was just in LA to manifest my dream seeing Rev Michael Bernard Beckwith. My dream finally came true. Anyways I have this dream for the longest time now. I want to meet Oprah Winfrey in person to give her a hug. A big ol one. Can u help me affirm this? I know it will come true someday bc one of my wildest dream came true recently.

    Peace and Blessings,

    The Beloved Binh


    I was very surprise to find out u are from Kansas. Mastin I live a state above u. I am from Lincoln, Nebraska.

  • Joycemj47

    I love today’s post.  I have a renewed faith in our youth just by reading your blog.  It took me many years to get what you just said about action and not waiting to plan out every little thing.  Actually I finally got that message myself from a quilt article that the quilter titled “Better finished than perfect”  but I haven’t always applied it to all my life. Thanks!!

  • This has been the theme of my life!  I’m a planner.  No doubt about that.  It’s a control thing (I get that now).  It took me 5 1/2 years to get my bachelor’s degree b/c I wanted to make sure I got it in something I wanted to do for the rest of my life.  So I got my teaching degree.  And what happened?  I taught for 3 years and realized that was NOT what I wanted to be doing the rest of my life! 

    I went BACK to school.  Got an Associate’s degree in American Sign Language.  I fell in LOVE with the language and Deaf culture.  I was SURE I found my lifelong passion!  I worked at a Deaf school for a couple of years, then got my “dream job” as an interpreter.  I thought, THIS is it!  THIS is what I can see myself doing the rest of my life!  I did it for 2 1/2 years before I got out. 

    Those are just the big careers I pursued.  The long-term jobs!  I’ve had many, many more short-term jobs.  Each and every one I could see myself doing indefinitely.  And each and every one, after a certain length of time (sometimes weeks, sometimes months), I knew I’d had enough of THAT and moved on. 

    I couldn’t agree more that we don’t know until we try something!  That is truly how we learn and grow!  And I, for one, don’t think there’s any shame in doing as many things as you want to do!  If you feel a desire to do something, give it a shot!  You never know!  It might not be your lifelong, dream career, but it may lead to something else that you wouldn’t have discovered otherwise.  You never know.  I’d ALWAYS rather try something and find out I don’t like it than not try and never know! 


    • RobinBriggs

       Thanks Sarah. I see myself in this post. 🙂  I’m just going to take the plunge….
      I added a photo a friend sent me to emphasize the thought process of the many ideas I have – just to humor you all.  Thanks everyone for such great inspir – ation today.

      • Robin,

        Haha!  That little picture made me smile.  It’s so true!  Thanks for sharing it.  🙂 


  • Totally needed this post today. Shot two photos for my eBook! Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Thanks for this! I’ve been getting TDL in my inbox for nearly 2 years. Look forward to it every day. I totally agree. My friend says this is the year of action. I am so on board! I am shot two photographs for my eBook today instead of procrastinating. It’s amazing how good I feel when I do the work instead of hide out in fear 😉 Thanks for everything you do.

  • Tahlia

    ‘People who say it cannot be done are interrupting those who are doing it.’

    George Bernard Shaw

  • thank you Mastin! Just what I need to hear this year. All the love to you.

  • Sheree Martin

    Action is my driving force for 2013. Love this post.