Get Those Ideas Going, Baby

Do you have an idea (or even multiple ideas) that you’d love to put into action? Well, what’s stopping you? Get those ideas going.

No really. What’s stopping you?

Actually think for a minute about why you haven’t put your idea(s) into action yet. And by that I mean, why haven’t you given them the complete shot they deserve?

Overcome obstacles and kick excuses to the curb

Usually it’s a matter of one of these:

  1. You “haven’t had time”
  2. You’re not sure where to start
  3. You’re afraid to really go for it on some level
  4. Or you’ve got too many irons in the fire

Two of those are really just excuses, and the other two are obstacles that you can overcome with a little effort.

Wouldn’t it be nice to successfully get your ideas out there? Maybe you want to start a small business, write an ebook, or decorate your house. Whatever your ideas are, they deserve to bloom. So let’s go through that list and see how to make that happen.

You “haven’t had time”

As you might guess, not having time one is absolutely an excuse. You DO have time. Really. What are you doing right now, in fact? You’re reading an article on the internet. (Thank you!) But that means you’ve got at least a few minutes to spare today, so use them to get your idea going.

If you do something every day to reach your dream — no matter how small that something is — you will get there eventually.

Recognize that this IS an excuse, and that what you want to do is more important than sitting on your butt doing whatever, or cleaning up the house, or working on your social media accounts. Then start doing it.

You’re not sure where to start

Oh, but you’re not sure where to start. Well, I’ll tell you a little secret. It doesn’t matter where you start. What matters is THAT you start.

I’ve wanted to learn to bake bread for years. So yesterday I ordered some sourdough starter from the internet. My husband was full of questions about it. Does it come with recipes? Do you know how to take care of it? When will it get here? How will you know what to do? No, no, I don’t know, and I don’t know were my answers. But I began by ordering the starter. I’ll figure out the rest later.

You’re afraid to really go for it on some level

Maybe my bread will turn out more like a rock, or maybe the starter will keel over in the extremes of the Arizona temperature. I don’t know, and I don’t really care at this point, because my idea is in motion. We’ve all got fears. The secret is to remember this little quote from Ambrose Redmoon:

Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgement that something else is more important than fear.

Yes, you might fail. Or things might not turn out the way you’d hoped. Those things happen to everyone that really lives at some point or another.

But you might succeed beyond your wildest dreams.

You’ve got too many irons in the fire

This last one is for the ADDers out there. You’ve got NO PROBLEM coming up with ideas and getting them going. In fact, you’ve got 84 things in progress right now. So you zip from one to the other, working on whatever strikes your fancy and then…moving on to something else.

If you really want to succeed beyond your wildest dreams, you’ve got to do the hard thing and…not do everything. Yes, you’re probably cringing right now. It made me cringe to write that. Not do everything I want to do! Ugh. But not doing everything is not forever. You just can’t do everything right now.

If this describes you, pick 2 or 3 things and work on one of those at a time until you can’t stand it any longer. Then work on the next thing. But keep alternating between just those things, until you get one completely done. You can keep writing your others ideas down in the meantime, so long as that only takes you a minute or so a day.

In other words, get your ideas going, and then get them finished. Go out there and make it happen.