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You will always be able to find a reason to do nothing.
There is always a risk that the action you take will not change anything for the better. There is, however, almost a guarantee that inaction won't change it. Instead, while you wait for the right conditions, right materials, right team members and right circumstances you'll start to grow moss on your feet. We're speaking figuratively, of course, but wouldn't it be interesting to see inaction manifested in that way?
Inaction becomes a habit of behavior. It evolves into a willingness, even an expectation, to be acted upon rather than to be the actor. Long-term habits of inaction foster a victim mentality. And the longer the inaction lasts, the greater chance there is of early negative conditioning taking hold, gripping the emotions in fear and dread.
In some situations, inaction makes the stakes grow higher. For instance, if you have dropped a match into dry grass it's really simple to stamp out with your foot (with shoes on, of course) right after you have dropped it, while the flame is still small. But if fear or even inattention causes you to delay, to do nothing, the flame has a chance to catch, fueled by a breeze and the dry grass, and to spread until you are surrounded by a wildfire that is impossible to squelch without outside assistance.
There is, of course, a benefit in inaction. The benefit of waiting is that you can delay the outcome - for a while. You don't have to hear someone say "No" in response to a request you make. You don't have to see the crummy grade you have been given on your paper. Assumptions about the outcome are big contributors to inaction. If you were operating under the assumption, the habit of thought, that the situation would turn out well you would have taken action immediately to help it happen.
Doing something is usually (almost always?) better than doing nothing. If it doesn't go the way you wanted it to go, well, now you know how not to do it. Your willingness to act, even when you're not certain that you have a perfect or complete solution, will increase the speed of your results. That means that even nine unsuccessful actions on the way to a tenth successful one in a day will generate more success than will a whole day of waiting for the perfect solution to appear.