In a recent video, that came up as a suggestion for me, the narrator posited a fallacy: The tool you are waiting to acquire is not what is keeping you from completing a project or idea.
As a person who likes projects and the challenges it brings, I find myself not starting projects that could be fulfilling because I do not have some tool that would make it easier. This is not to stay that I could not do the project without said tool, but that it would just make it easier. Even though I tell myself that it would save time to get the tool, I may be missing out on the hard work and fulfillment that may come by just starting the project and bringing it to fruition.
This lead me to do some research and reading on procrastination which led me to Ecclesiastes 11:4,
"He who observes the wind will not sow, and he who regards the clouds will not reap." ESV
How often do I dream of the next item instead of just putting in the work to "reap" the reward? I especially appreciated John Wesley's thoughts, "He who neglects the necessary works of sowing and reaping, because the weather is not exactly suitable to his desires will lose his harvest." Do I allow my desires for new tools to hinder me from completing projects? This video and the subsequent readings have definitely motivated me to look at projects in a different light, and to not procrastinate when I could just buckle down and put in the work necessary.
Questions to ponder:
- What project or ideas do you not pursue because you need that one "tool" to do it better?
- Have you ever bought the "tool" to only be disappointed by its lack of actually helping?
- What are other areas in life this could be applied to?
If you see me at church, let me know your thoughts and if you have experienced this fallacy in your life.