What’s the best time to plant a tree?

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course mapWhat is your favorite quote? I want to hear it!

I am fond of sharp, funny, inspirational, philosophical, provocative, sarcastic, motivational … quotes.

One quote a day keeps the doctor away. So here we go: “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now”.

RegretThe Tokyo Marathon has been on my wish list for quite a while. But it never happened. Perhaps too intimidated: too far, too expensive, perhaps too much “I will do this later” thinking ?

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Of course there is always the bright optimism and the smart scenario-planning that comes with it: “What if I subscribe, and then I get injured?” – and the 1.001 variants of this.

Statistically speaking, you miss 100% of the shots you don’t take. LogoSo this time, Ms. Kathelijne Verboomen and myself looked at it from different angles and we decided to take the shot.

Taking decisions often feels like leaping across a brook, to me. Which is strange, somehow, because rationally thinking, with many choices and decisions, not too much can go wrong, and if you look closer at it, the real risks are limited, etc.

When you want to try something new, Talkwhen you want to change something, when choices need to be made, etc. : decision-making can be a tricky process.

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When jumping across a brook, you estimate: “I think the brook is 1.75 meters wide. I think I can jump 1.75 meters.” But of course, underlying you know quite well what’s at stake: if the brook turns out to be much wider than 1.75 meters, or if you were a little bit too optimistic about your jumping skills, you end up with wet pants.

Nobody likes wet pants. However, making more complex calculations, is no guarantee for success. Paralysis by analysisis the state of over-analyzing a situation so that a decision or action is never taken.

Of course, with any decision, certain elements will help (e.g. if you can swim) and certain elements won’t help (e.g. if you can’t.)

success.pngThe nice thing about decisions, which I really like: it means the dice has been thrown, so you can start planning ahead, you move on. You can start taking the next steps.

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In order to cross the brook, you need a running start, so you can start calculating it, etc.

You can start working on the small efforts that are required to get there.

So, time to start applying my own Lessons Learned ! All thoughts on this, and all sharp, funny, inspirational, philosophical, provocative, sarcastic, motivational … quotes, more than welcome !

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