Previously, I wrote about learning to be proactive and solve problems usually helps.
Those are good lessons to learn, and this behavior yields good results (eventually) almost all the time. However, occasionally taking action is the wrong response. Without enough data to act sensibly, taking action is just stumbling around in the dark. If the data is there, I can gather it (that’s a good first step in most projects!) But sometimes the answers just aren’t there yet because the situation is too muddled.
A friend recently offered me some advise. Sometimes if you leave it alone, it will probably sort itself out. Those times are rare, and I don’t want to use it as an excuse for laziness. However, if the situation is too muddled to even gather data right then, then the only thing sensible thing to do is wait and see. Or if whatever I say or do will only make things worse, then the best thing to do is nothing. I really struggle enormously with that. The time to do nothing is rare, but it does happen. Recently I was so frustrated because I couldn’t figure out what to do. It seems to be one of those very rare cases where I should do nothing for now.