Ever have a great idea? You know that flash of brilliance that shines so bright you are sure everyone can see that bright light bulb above your head. You wonder why no one has thought of this great thing before.
What do you do with that idea? Do you jump right in and get it done? Work it until you can see the result of that great idea fully developed? Doesn’t it feel great to have processed your idea and worked it all the way through to life?
If you are experiencing that great feeling of completion frequently, and living amazing results for your bright ideas, save yourself 5 minutes, you may not need this blog.
This is for the 97% who have great ideas that we do not see through to fruition.
SO MANY IDEAS!
You are a creator. You are energy You are a problem solver. There is an energy that comes from deep within that when breathed into an idea helps it to take on a life of its own. That is my definition of an entrepreneur.
These great ideas may come to you one at a time, or in waves. They may find you in the shower, on a walk, in the middle of the night, or at the break of dawn. Sometimes they arrive in the middle of a great conversation with friends, other times during conversations with the voices in your head.
Ideas are seldom the challenge. Inspiration can hit anywhere, anytime with that momentary flash of ‘ooohhh, this needs to happen.’
Finding ideas are not the problem. Implementation is.
PROVE IT Like many entrepreneurs, you are an idea factory. You have a list of ideas waiting to be implemented. So many, that at times it can be overwhelming. Which idea is the one to be worked on today? Will it work? Does it matter? How do I choose?
“I will just leave this idea here and see if it grows wings.”
An idea cannot by itself, prove whether it is worthy of the investment of energy required to take it into reality.
Ideas must be worked to be validated
There is a time for patience and introspection, and a time to flush out the reality of whether this should be done. Now if the time to prove that idea is worth the work. Here’s how you can start to work through your idea.
What is the best thing that could come from this idea?
What if I try and it doesn’t reach the level I want it to?
Who will this impact?
Does it fit with my bigger plans?
Does it fit my brand?
Do I have enough information to answer these questions?
DOES IT FIT ?
To determine if this great idea has merit, you need to determine if it fits where you are going. The perfect pair of snow boots will have little value in southern California.
Ideas are sneaky little devils and they do not always hang out in groups that seem to fit together. Idea number 6 may be your favorite today, but ideal 4 and 10 need to happen first for idea 6 to have a place to play.
Before you can evaluate the final product, you will need to access whether it fits with the direction you are traveling in. What is the big picture for your business and your quality of life?
When you know what you want to accomplish, the impact you want to make, then you have something to fit your idea into.
To find out if your idea fits in this place and time in your business and in your life, you must do the work.
COMPLETION > SUCCESS
Many brilliant minds are littered with ideas 30% complete. The more often this happens, the less likely you are to trust your ideas, or your ability to make them a reality. That feeling of it’s a great idea but it will never work, often comes out of the unfinished great ideas that are cluttering up your energy.
Create a project plan for your idea with as many steps as you can see right now. Consider the timeline to get it done and then go back to the question of, is this the idea for right now?
If yes, then commit the resources needed to make it a reality. Set a deadline and work it until you get there. If the idea is solid and the timing is off, add your idea to the list with all the information you have already compiled, and schedule a time in the future to reconsider the idea. No more than 12 months out!
If your idea is great and the timing is not, one year will not diminish the impact you can make by seeing the idea through to reality. The important thing is to get into the practice of implementing your ideas and not stockpiling them.
Don’t let the exciting final picture in your head get in the way of what needs to be done to get there. This is where the work comes in and where you can stand out.
Most people with great ideas never work through them. Great ideas that could have changed the world are sitting on a list, in a file, or stuck in a dream somewhere. There is something to be said for launching when you are 80% ready, however, you must be committed to that final 20%.
A fully executed plan does not guarantee success. An un-executed plan guarantees a lack of success. Completion ≠ Success; Completion > Success.
There Can Not Be Success Without Completion
If you would like a copy of the Project Plan template to begin the process of vetting a great idea, you can ask for it in the contact us area of my website
If you would like to talk through your great idea, let’s start that conversation. I have a no-fee consultation session waiting for you! https://bit.ly/PPCfreesession