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Success Needs a System – Here’s How to Create Yours!

By , February 20, 2013 5:01 pm

We all have ideas right?

Some of us have LOADS of them!

You may see yourself as an Ideas Person. Ideas just pop out of your mind all the time and it’s hard to keep track of them all. You feel like you might burst with excitement! But how many ideas actually leave your mind and make it into the real world?

Many of our ideas float around like untethered kites and never crystallize into anything tangible. The latest idea just becomes another distraction as you continue generating more and more of them. They stack up in a holding pattern waiting to come in to land. This stack can become exhausting and overwhelming because you don’t know where to start or what to do with them all.

I often coach creative clients who have loads of ideas. Every coaching session, they arrive with another one (yes… I’m guilty of this sometimes too – you ask my mentor!). And of course, this latest idea is the best one yet! …Until, the next idea comes along a few days later! Months can be wasted dreaming but nothing ever gets done. There’s no action, there’s just the next idea coming along…


IDEA          IDEA          IDEA          IDEA          IDEA          Another IDEA


If this sounds like you, then you need a formula to create some momentum…

Without a having a system it’s difficult to take an idea and make it happen (even the good ones).

I’ve learned that there are three elements to taking an idea an making it real:

Your idea needs to become grounded if you want to give it a chance of becoming reality.   Creating a system or process helps you to take your idea and plan HOW to create some momentum. You then need to take specific action to make it real.

Here are a few tips around each of these elements:


I’ve sat in daylong leadership strategy meetings where loads of ideas are shared and everyone is very excited and enthusiastic. A year later the same ideas are still being talked about, because nothing happened in between.

We often see the IDEA as the sexy exciting bit because it’s fun being creative. There’s nothing quite like that adrenalin rush when you think you’re on to something new and great!

Get clear about your idea understand WHY you want to make it real.

Sometimes we stop at the idea stage because we’re frightened to take the next step and make it happen. If you don’t start then it can’t fail, because you didn’t have to try. Your idea needs your energy and belief if it’s going to germinate into reality. You have to take a few risks and step out of your comfort zone and do some things scared.


For an Ideas Person, the SYSTEM bit is the painful process of planning and working out how it’s all going to happen.

For some of us planning, thinking it through and then creating a stepped process to make it work is the tedious bit… YAWN!


Because it involves sitting down and working it out a step at a time. THIS STAGE is hugely important because it’s the difference between your idea staying just a dream or becoming real…

Creating a system/process for implementing your idea will save you a lot of time and energy. Get some help from someone who can help you create a framework for what you need to do if this is not your GENIUS work!

Here are a few tips:

  • Create an Ideas Book if you’re always having loads of ideas. Write each one down in a paragraph as you think it.
  • Re-visit your book every one-two weeks to re-read each idea and cross out any that no longer feel like they are do-able or ‘have legs’.
  • Schedule time to take your idea and break it down into doable steps.
  • See your idea as the vision and the system as your tactical plan:
    • What tactics you will employ to make it happen?
    • What’s specifically involved in making this become real?
    • What individual steps need to be taken?
    • Who else needs to be involved?
    • When to you need to do it?
    • Where will it happen?

Work backwards on a timeline to identify some milestone dates and will help you to break down what needs to be done. Remember, big things are done in small chunks! Breaking it down will make it doable.

Creating a framework and then working through a process gives you clarity and direction. It helps you to feel more confident and in control.


This is where the rubber hits the road. You have to actually show up and do the work! Just talking about it doesn’t make things happen – You have to DO it!

  • Schedule small pockets of time in your calendar and take one step at a time.
  • Commit to making it happen
  • If you decide to delegate or outsource part of the work then you’ll need to commit being responsible for leading them to do a great job. There is a difference between delegation and abdication!

Take conscious, deliberate action regularly and this will help you to create momentum towards your outcome. Building momentum will encourage you to keep taking action, as you move towards your goal. You’ll also start to feel a sense of completion.

Review your progress regularly, so you can tweak and modify your plan if necessary.

If you have an idea that you want to bring into the world, always create a system for it and plan ahead for its arrival!

Success needs a system – EVERY TIME!


Stepping out of the ‘Do-Do’ – Part #1

By , March 16, 2010 3:29 pm


Jennifer, one of my coaching clients, explained recently that she was tired of not having any time for herself. She enjoyed her job and wanted to be successful. But, she had started to realise that being successful came at a price: an extended working week that never seemed to stop! She was reacting to her ever increasing workload and having to work longer hours to get things done. Just when she was getting on top of things her employers would come a long with even more projects to do!

She felt tired, frustrated with her life and out of control.

I have also experienced this in my life. My old philosophy of success (and the philosophy of the company I worked for at the time) was: ‘the longer I worked, the more successful I would be.’


“Most cultures tend to reward people for personal sacrifice instead of personal productivity.”

Tim Ferriss, Author of, The 4 Hour Work Week

I worked extremely long hours in the belief that my superiors would recognise my sacrifice, value my effort and promote me. This philosophy left little time for me, my relationships or my health. They all suffered as a consequence. In fact I started to repel success rather than attract it!

I worked an insane schedule fueled by my need to be successful. I was unconsciously locked into this cycle and could not see a way out, because I was frightened of becoming a failure.

May be you can relate to this?

It’s much easier for us to say ‘Yes’ to more work because we:

  • don’t want to let others down
  • think that this is what is expected of us
  • don’t want them to think that we are not up to the job
  • don’t want to fail

It’s easy to get lost in doing rather than living, our boundaries dissolve and we sacrifice our own values in the process. Our lives become totally reactive as we move from one deadline to the next trying to balance everything and survive.

I call this living in the ‘Do-Do.’

Here’s the thing… life doesn’t have to be reactive. You can take the control back and learn how to Live on Purpose.

The first step is to recognise if you are currently living a reactive life. Are you stuck in the ‘Do-Do’ like Jennifer?

Then you have a choice to make:

  1. To continue reacting and rushing around in chaos feeling out of control
  2. To consciously learn how to be proactive and change the way that you approach the busy-ness in your life.


You decide…

The next blog post will share some practical techniques on how you can begin to Step Out of the ‘Do-Do’ of reactivity and tackle Busy-ness head on!

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