Going Beyond That First Burst of Inspiration
Don’t you just love that burst of inspiration and excitement that happens when you first learn about or have an awesome new idea? You can’t wait to get going on it! It’s going to change your world, and make things so much better.
But most of us never do it.
Why? Because we get home, and do all the things we normally do instead. We’re anxious to try out that idea, just as soon as we get some time or get finished with something that seems more pressing.
It’s a rare person who has a burst of inspiration or hears about a great idea, and then actually follows through with even a little bit of action on it. It’s rarer still for someone to implement the whole darn thing from start to finish.
You can recognize those people pretty easily though, because they’re usually what’s known as “successful”.
So how do you move from “Oh that’s a great idea!” to making it happen?
First, you have to make the time and work on implementing the idea until you’ve completed all the steps and are satisfied that you’re done. You have to make that time (at least a tiny bit of time!) every single day, starting right now, before you lose your initial enthusiasm. And when you feel like giving up, you have to keep going anyway. You’ll be glad you did.
You also have to stop looking at all the other cool possibilities out there until you’re done implementing this one. Don’t get distracted by the next great idea. It isn’t how cool, interesting, or useful something seems; it’s whether or not you really follow through on the idea and give it a fair shake.
Finally, you have to be accountable. Tell the world what you’re doing, and at the very least tell people you can count on to hold you to it. Then update them regularly on your progress — good or bad.
Yes, there’s always a risk that the idea won’t turn out the way you’d hoped. But it could turn out even better.