“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”.