In my last blog we talked about the secret ingredient of getting people to flock to your idea and that is that your idea or product must meet a need.
The second thing you need is a plan.
But no one said it needs to be a finished plan.
Most people kill off great ideas because they try to make them fly in a day or a week. They are paralyzed with fear that their plan isn’t perfect as they move forward.
But a day, a week or a few months is not the realistic life cycle of an idea.
Life is made up of bullet points—processes and procedures. So start with an outline, not an essay. It’s ridiculous to think you need to offer a complete story behind every phase of your idea. Trying to do so is exhausting.
Simply outline and test your ideas and change the plan as needed.
STOP acting like you need the complete story to move ahead. Let your plan stay in outline mode and actually start MOVING!
When you need a new perspective on how to proceed, try being a spectator of your own life.
Step away. Look at yourself from a 30,000-foot view. HOW would you counsel yourself if you were NOT yourself? What would your future successful self tell you?
Self-talk is critical when you’re going through this process in the early moments. You already are talking to yourself all day long. And the results of your self-talk have lead you to:
- How you look…
- Where you live…
- What you drive…
- Even how much money you make!
These are ALL the results of what you have told yourself in the past. You don’t like what you are today? You can change what you’re telling yourself!
New input equals new output. A computer knows that but do you?
If you have nothing to do to move your idea forward, find something to do. Make it seem important. There are way too many needs out there around you for you to be doing nothing. Or assuming there’s nothing to be done. That’s foolish.
Fighting through the rapids will be uncomfortable. But let me tell you what’s more uncomfortable: Never achieving or completing the world- changing idea you are capable of.
Think about WHY you feel so strongly about creating what you’re creating. Think about the problem you want to solve in the world.
When you find the problem and solve it, people’s lives will be changed—including your own.
Do not be tempted to abandon ship simply because the rapids are rough and you can’t see around the bend.
Keep on moving (with your half-finished plan in hand)!
Assignment: Make a bulleted list of what needs to be done in the week, month, and year ahead. Give me 3 bullet points for each. Do this TODAY!
Now…answer this question in the comments section:
What is the NEXT step you need to take in your idea?