Ideas are cheap. Everyone has them, but they have no idea what to do with them. They spend years thinking and planning without any execution. They wait until someone else has done it and then complain that it was their idea. Don’t be that person. Whatever your idea is, start to take action today. There are many pitfalls in turning your ideas into a reality. The key is to identify these obstacles and power through them – keep your eye on the prize.
“It’s not about ideas. It’s about making ideas happen.” – Scott Belsky
The Devil is in the Details.
Too many people are concerned with getting it perfect on their first try. They aren’t concentrated on the production, they’re focused on the product. Don’t get me wrong, the product is super important, but only second to actually creating it.
You need to think about what you are trying to accomplish and how you can move one step closer to that goal today. Stop thinking, planning and scheduling – start doing.
Get your MVP to market as soon as you can. The term MVP stands for iMinimally Viable Product. the idea is to take your product in its most simple form and get it validated by the market. Strip your product down to its most basic features and begin to get feedback. From there, you can continually iterate your product as you begin to receive data and feedback from your target market. Building your MVP will keep you from spending too much time or money investing in a product that might not even work. You don’t have to guess what the market wants.
Go For The Goal.
Are you not sure if you’re doing enough or not? Chances are you’ve got everything in your head, but your struggling to get it out. Don’t get caught trying to figure out each step of the process before you even get started. Imagine that you can only see your next step – then take that step. With each step, you’ll get closer to your goal and the next logical steps will become apparent. Trying to think through each scenario before you even get started will keep you at step one.
Each step might only get you 5% of the way there, but it adds up. While you are slowly moving through the process, you will begin to build momentum and leave the “thinkers” behind. Each step you take towards your goal will give you more insight. As you take these small steps, you’ll see the next logical move and be that much closer to your goal.
Destroy Your Distractions.
We’ve all heard of the 80/20 rule – 80% of your results will come from 20% of the action. You must take stock of how you’re spending your time in order to determine what will give you most of the results. When starting a new project, it’s easy to get excited about the “newness” and pour countless hours into meaningless tasks.
There’s a difference between being productive and being busy. Read more about productivity here. You need to determine which actions will help you succeed and which actions are just filling your time. Anything that isn’t directly part of your plan needs to go. If it’s not going to get you closer to your goal – stop it. It’s easy to get sucked into the facebook hole or stuck in a Netflix binge. The average American watches around 5 hours of TV every day. Yet, many people complain they just don’t have the time to make their dreams a reality. Imagine how much closer you would be to your goal if you put even half of that time into building your business – and ultimately your future.
You might also want to read: 5 Things Billionaires Do Differently to Stay More Productive Than You
Consistency in Key.
They say it takes about 21 days to build a habit. Make your own 21-day challenge and work towards your goal every day. You’ll be shocked how much progress can be made in just a few weeks. After a few days, if you’re working on the right types of tasks and making progress you’ll start to build some momentum. Trade those TV nights into production nights and watch what happens. You won’t have to do this forever, but try it for 21 days.
If you decide it’s not worth it, the TV and the rest of America will be there waiting for you. You can settle back into being normal and complaining about not having any time to build your dream. If you abandon your idea…there’s more good news: Because you’ve been away working for so long, you’ll have tons of crappy shows to catch up on. Yeah!
It’s much easier to do something every day, even just for a little bit, than to try to schedule and plan it randomly throughout the week. This may seem intense. But when you start focusing on your business daily, rather than questioning what day it is or what time it is, things will start to come together. If you keep your goals top-of-mind you’ll inevitably move closer to accomplishing them.
Where focus goes, energy flows – Tony Robbins
Don’t Reinvent the Wheel.
When you’re working on your big idea, don’t think you have to go at it alone. Chances are there are lots of people that have been or are currently going down the same road. Study these people and their methods. If something is working for them, don’t be afraid to make it work for you too. This isn’t to say you should copy someone, but you can mimic what works.
For instance, you need a website but you have absolutely no coding skills and have never built such a thing. This is the story for many people. They don’t know how to do it – so it just doesn’t get done. The fact is, however, there are millions of articles, guides, and videos that will walk you step-by-step through the entire process. Even more shocking, some of the best resources are absolutely free. So what’s stopping you? You might be contemplating which platform to build on. You heard WordPress is good, but then there SquareSpace…Or, maybe you should get a developer or learn to code? All of those will work. There are people out there on every platform – and they’re making a killing.
Do not overthink things. Do not jump from one thing to another. Do not start tomorrow. Start today – right now. Figure out what your next step is and then take it. If you’re truly focused on your goal you will get closer every day.