Do you get stopped from implementing your big idea because you try to figure everything out?
In case you didn’t notice, business professionals have many ideas filling their head. The biggest stopping point is they try to figure it out and get stopped from pursuing an idea.
Can you relate?
You find yourself stopping before you start. Here are some things to stop and start to get your big idea launched into the world:
1. Stop trying figure it out. Start with the first step.
Does this story sound familiar? You have a great idea, but you think you need to have all of the parts figured out before you take the first step. As a result, you procrastinate because it seems so overwhelming.
Instead, exercise your imperfect action muscle. Don’t get too ahead of yourself. Take the first step even if you don’t have answers to some of your plan.
When I set a goal to become an author, I didn’t know the first thing about getting published. I simply started taking action in writing the book. Before I had finished my book, I started asking questions of people who were in the industry, who wrote a book previously, and asked anyone who knew someone who could answer my questions.
Interestingly, once I declared that I wanted to become a published author, I would meet the right people at the right time that forwarded the plan. The same plan that I didn’t have figured out yet.
Events aligned with the intention I set. As I took imperfect action, resources showed up.
2. Stop consuming. Start becoming laser focused.
With the internet and social media, there are multiple ways to consume information to grow your business. It is also an easy path to information overload that keeps you stuck.
Instead, get focused. Become the leader of your schedule rather than your schedule owning you. Set aside specific dates and times to focus on the most important activities that forward your goal.
According to The One Thing by Gary Keller, a focusing question can help you identify the one thing to work on. You’ll want to make the question big and specific, like “What can I do to become a Best Selling Author in six months?” It’s a big objective and it’s specific. It causes you to become laser focused and to reach outside of your usual toolbox of solutions to reach it.
3. Stop making excuses. Start choosing.
In the world of sports, either you won the game or you didn’t. Everything else is a reason or excuse.
As my business mentor once shared with me, “You have reasons or results.” Quit letting yourself off the hook and step into the contribution your idea will make in the world once implemented.
If you find yourself giving a lot of excuses or reasons, use these three simple steps:
1. Ask yourself: What is the contribution my idea will make in the world?
2. Ask yourself: What one action can I take right now that is in alignment with that contribution?
3. Take that action.
When you get stopped, there is a loss of personal power. Choosing to take action is a courageous act. Choose to be courageous to move beyond your stopping point.