Do you have loads of wonderful, creative ideas, but struggle to see them through into reality?
You’re not alone. It’s a problem that I hear voiced fairly often. And I know it can feel frustrating. You’ll probably be looking for reasons why it happens. There are loads of things you could blame.
In really simple terms, though, the overarching reason you don’t bring your idea to fruition is that it doesn’t make sense to you at some level, maybe subconsciously.
Let’s break it down a bit more. Within that overarching reason “it doesn’t make sense to do this now”, there are three primary reasons your latest great idea might not turn into anything more substantial:
1. It’s a great idea… in isolation. It’s the wrong time, place or person. Here and now, you’re not the person to make this idea happen. Deep down, you probably know this, but it’s such a great idea, you’re holding on.
2. Common sense is telling you something. Actually, this idea isn’t going anywhere. You could probably make it happen, but it’s never going to deliver what you want it to. The creative process naturally has lots of ideas that don’t develop beyond the initial concept.
3. You need a collaborator, partner, coach or mentor. Someone who can help, support, guide and nag you to deliver. The might have skills to complement yours, be able to keep you accountable, or simply provide love and support while you get on with it.
But how do you know which it is? When should that beautiful plan – or back-of-the-napkin scribble – stay on paper (at least for now)? When is it time to move on, and when is it asking for help? It can feel like there are too many factors to consider.
Some people will tell you to go with your gut. Not necessarily a good idea. Gut instinct isn’t that reliable, it’s heavily influenced by emotions. Others will suggest you clear your mind, get clarity before making decisions . Yet the more you try to clear your mind, the more confused you become.
In fact, there’s a single differentiator. It applies in any situation, in business and in life. I mean any situation – changing your diet, starting an exercise plan, launching a business, moving home, leaving a relationship. One thing to remember, and the rest will follow:
Even though it looks like time, commitments, motivation, market conditions, political situation, investment or other people are getting in the way of you taking your next step… It’s not true. That’s not how it works. The only thing you can ever be feeling is thought in the moment.
Which means the only thing you can say with confidence is that you had an idea and you’re not acting on it right now. So what? Not acting is as valid as acting.
Stripped bare of all the meaning making, there’s freedom for you to make clear choices. To implement, mothball or dump that idea. To go for it, or to move on.
My role is the love, support and occasional nagging!
Sara is a facilitator in the Principles behind Subtractive Psychology, helping you get more out of life by having less on your mind.