Get Things Done By Doing the Minimum

Alex Greenwood
2 min readDec 8, 2020
Pick a path. Photo credit: 2013 J. Alexander Greenwood. All rights reserved.

Ever get stuck? Hit high center? You can’t make a decision, so you remain paralyzed?

Nah. me neither. (Kidding.)

It happens to me every now and then. I get into a funk because my results aren’t so great, or my creativity seems to have taken a vacation without me and I end up paying the airfare anyway. So, I remain frozen, making no decision. Inertia takes over. I just stand there, numerous paths ahead of me, unable to make a move.

Whether it’s making a decision about expanding my business, installing that new remote car starter, or making a decision about client strategy–I’ve been there, standing at the crossroads.

Seth Godin says (I’m paraphrasing) you’re no good to anybody if you can’t make a decision. If you can’t commit to ship (his word for getting work done and turned in–in effect, being decisive.):

You — everyone in fact — have all it takes to be a brilliant designer, creator, or author. All that’s holding you back is the lizard. It’s that little voice in the back of your head, the “but” or the “what if” that speaks up at the crucial moment and defeats the joy and insight you brought to the project in the first place. It’s the lizard that ruins your career, stunts your projects, and hinders your organization.



Alex Greenwood

PR Consultant, Speaker, Podcast Producer/Host, Editor, and Award-Winning Writer of the John Pilate Mystery Series. Accomplished belly laugher.