It's hard to break that habit especially to a newb like myself. When i started all i did was read, read, read. I need these few books then i should be good to go, oh wait i need these tools then i should be able to get stuck in and all you do is build and build in preparation and end up doing NOTHING. I felt i was growing faster by doing because sometimes keeping your nose in different books by different authors can get really confusing because they all do things differently.
I love reading, and new books can be exciting. At the moment I'm kinda alternating. I have more book times than doings, then i get stuck in the craft and i spend more time outside and practicing different aspects in the way i feel works for me... i see that as growing time personally. Then I'll feel like picking up some new books or reading on sites again. It's always best to kick yourself up the arse so you don't get stuck in the reading rut. Best to mix it up imo. I'm only now starting to feel where my path is going even after a few years.. i really wanted to do ritual because it seemed so authentic at the time but after doing it i realized it's not for me and i learned this from actually practicing it rather than reading and fantasizing about it.
I also find when you go through " i need all these tools to start" thing, once you start discovering your craft, you probably don't need half the tools you bought because this book told you it's what you need. Only you know what you need. Luckily, i haven't gone and done that (I almost did) but i know it happens alot. I also think newbs don't realize they don't need to buy all the fancy stuff from new age shops or the right set of herbs and can mostly likely find what they need around them. They're nice but not necessary. I've most likely blathered some obvious rubbish, forgive me. It's 1am and I've forgotten what well rested feels like