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!