Let’s say you’ve decided to go on a road trip. You’ve selected a location 250 miles from your home.
How would you get there?
If you’ve been there before, you would probably hop in the car and start driving. If it’s a new location, you may Google maps it or plug it into your GPS.
No matter which way you used, in order to get from point A to point B, you would take a definitive course of action. You would choose highways to get there in the quickest way possible. You would watch the weather to make sure you avoided large storms. You would make sure your tires are in top shape and your car was in great working condition.
In other words, you would have a plan.
Yet that’s where most of us get stuck with our big ideas. We have them lurking somewhere deep inside, but they never jump out because they never become anything more than an idea.
I read something by Deepak Chopra the other day that stuck with me.
“We are all conditioned by society, our families and beliefs we absorbed from all around us. These secondhand influences block our core identity, which I call the true self.
What blocks your vision exists inside the mind. A cloud of old conditioning makes it hard to look directly at whom you are and what your life means.”
Instead of jumping in full force with your new idea, you sit back and contemplate it instead. Questions start formulating, and pretty soon you have a small mini-war going on inside of your brain.
Should I tell people about my idea?
What if they think its stupid?
What if it is stupid?
What if I don’t have what it takes to take this anywhere?
What if it really couldn’t be a business?
Can I really find the time to do this anyway?
Will my family and friends support me?
Do I really want to bring this kind of change into my life?
Chances are you’ve seen yourself in these questions.
What were your answers?
If you focused on the negative side, your idea will never come to fruition.
The only way to turn it around is to turn your negatives into positives. While it might take a little courage and a large amount of time to make this happen, a great way to start is to turn your questions into positives first.
When should I tell people about my idea?
What will I do if they love my idea and want to get involved?
What if this idea changes the world?
What skills do I need to get started on this project?
What do I need to do to start my business?
How much time can I dedicate to this each week?
What will motivate my friends and family to love my idea?
How can I embrace this change?
The more you see your idea in a positive light, the more action you’ll take on it. Excitement is the first stage of starting any new idea. Find a way to stay positive and excited, and you’ll quickly find your idea grows to even more than you ever desired.