Motivation, Organization, Time Management

Moving From An Idea To A Reality

“Ideas are cheap, what counts is the ability to translate an idea into reality”. Josh Kaufman, Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business

We all have different ideas about the ways that we would like to fulfill our God given purposes, but often times they never get past the idea stage. Take this blog for instance, it took me almost a full year to stop thinking about it as just an idea and make it a reality.

I would think about all I didn’t know about blogging, all I need to learn first, and a host of other scenarios. Until one day, I finally decided to get started even though I didn’t know everything. But is there a law that says you have to know everything before you get started? What is important is that you take the risk and get started and be willing to learn and self correct as you go along.

Recently, I was listening to a Tony Robbins interview and he stated that one of the things he observed with many persons who want to get started on a project, is that they collect ideas, read, learn, but never implement.

So, what is it for you? Is it a book that you want to write, start a business, go back to school, learn a particular skill? The hardest part really is taking action.

Here are my suggestions on what to do if you are having difficulty getting started on  your idea.

Have a meeting with yourself and note your responses to the following:

  • What do you want to achieve by doing this?
  • Why is it important to you to do this?
  • What resources will you need to get started?
  • Are there any skills you need to learn before getting started?
  • Are there any gaps in your knowledge about this idea?
  • What are some potential areas of frustration that might cause you to quit?
  • How could you break down what you are aiming for into smaller manageable sections.
  • What is one task you can do right now to get you started on your idea?

Doing these things will give you some clarity on how to start right now. And it gives you something to review when you feel overwhelmed.

Just get started, stop waiting for the perfect conditions, for everything to be right, for all your ducks to be in a row, because this may never happen. Start your idea and you will at least get a chance to see if it is workable and make adjustments as you go along.

As Josh Kaufman writes, “nobody, no matter how smart or talented they are, gets it right the first time”.

Talkback Time: I would love to hear from you about any difficulty you have had in getting started on a particular idea. Do you struggle with this or do you find this easy to do?

17 thoughts on “Moving From An Idea To A Reality

  1. Hi Latoya, Thanks you for this post. I’m normally quick to move on a new ‘project’, once I get the idea. So the challenge for me is waiting, when I feel the urge to go-go-go! But when the time is right and I feel peace to proceed, I find that everything falls into place.

    1. Yes! that is another challenge too. Sometimes we are ready to go but God says, nope not yet. Wait a little. Being at peace is such an important part of this puzzle too. Thanks for talking back 🙂

  2. This is so true. I think myself right out of blessings by contemplating too long and too hard. BTW – stepping out on faith, I’m launching my blog 6/1.

  3. Hello Latoya,

    I experience some difficulty when I visualize the things I want to accomplish and the journey of many steps that must be made to get there.

    My struggle lies in my focus – I find myself spending most of my time on survival rather than creativity.

    To combat this realization, I have been scheduling my time to take smaller actions. Thanks for the encouraging post and the reminder that we “can’t get it right the first time.”

  4. We are admonished to ‘count the cost’ and that if we wait for perfect conditions, we will never sow. Your articles strikes the right balance.

    This is really helpful: What is one task you can do right now to get you started on your idea?

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