Have you ever had an idea come into your mind and illuminate your life so brightly, that you can’t stop thinking about it? You’re more inspired and excited than you ever thought possible. But, the days go on and life gets busy; the brightness dims slightly, suddenly you find the light bulb is in the way, so you put it in a box in the back of your mind (with other dust covered ideas), promising to return to it one day. Except, ‘one day’ will probably never come.
It’s sad but true; but it’s one thing to be inspired, and another thing to act. I believe that the illuminating feeling we feel at the start of any new idea is much like adrenaline; it courses through you, gives you strength and will you didn’t think possible – but it’s temporary. Perhaps, if we start to change the way we think about what to do with new ideas, we can make more of them a reality. Here are a few things I’ve learned on my journey:
Don’t let your ambition get in the way of success: when you’re constantly looking at the horizon, it’s hard to see what’s in front of you right now. The path to success isn’t a straight line; in fact, sometimes what looks like a wrong turn will be part of the journey. Make today count!
Allocate time in your diary that’s solely dedicated to your idea, alone or with your business partner/s. Try to cut tech out as much as possible here. One focused hour of planning will help you progress so much. Make specific bullet point action lists at the end of each session (and allocate if applicable), so you know what needs to be done before your next time slot.
Keep inspiration levels up: this can be anything from watching a TED talk, listening to a podcast, or reading a new book. (I can recommend the one I’m holding here – especially if you’re a creative. Such an interesting read that helps identify your own working style and habits, and advises on how to structure projects into achievable steps.)
I hope these help. Could it be time to spring clean the ‘mind attic’ and uncover some of those ideas you put away in the past? It’s a new year, after all…