You’ve got a great idea to start something new. Excitement about the possibilities floods through your veins at the thought of what could be. You immediately begin to dig in.
Stop. Right There.
Hold on to that feeling. Remember it. Ingrain it in your brain. Perhaps make a short list (like 3 things) that makes you so excited about this idea. Why? I’ll come back to this in a minute.
Now, the research begins. Still filled with excitement, you dig into the subject going full force. You learn a lot, which is great. You grab a pen and start making a plan.
Your plan fills out a little at a time; goals you want to hit, numbers you want to achieve. From there, you start making a list of steps you need to follow in order to get this great idea to fruition.
Now, remember when I told you to remember the excitement? Do you have that list of what excites you? Just checking.
So, you have this plan now, and your binder starts to fill up with what you need to do. And, the more you think about it, the more things you will add to that list. Things you didn’t think about yesterday or things that you find in more research.
Or perhaps, you take that first step you’ve written down, and see a fault to your plan and have to rework it, add more things to that list of ‘must-do’s’.
Thoughts of doubt start.
Most creative endeavors are done solo, and as you think about this list of things you’ll need to do, alone, starts to become overwhelming. You feel as though you’re standing in a rising tide, the ocean swirling around you, rising with every breath you take.
This is the step where most great ideas go to die.
The sense of fear hits you. There’s no way you can do this by yourself. There’s too many steps to take. There’s no one out there to help you. There’s no way you can do this.
Remember that list?
Right here, right now, pull it out. In fact, you should have put it on the wall for you to look at every single morning. Perhaps put it on your fridge, so that every time you get something out of it to eat, you’ll see it.
Starting something new, by yourself, can be overwhelming.
Here’s some things to help.
- Look at that list every morning. Remember what it is that excited you in the first place.
- When you make your plan, break it down into easily doable parts. Don’t look at the whole picture each and every day. Keep your focus on which part you need to tackle at that point.
- Most important is that you are not alone. Ever. There are millions of people out there with millions of great ideas. Don’t ever be scared to reach out. Ask for advice. Ask for help. Ask for encouragement.
- Celebrate every single small victory, every single task completed in this journey.
Now, not all great ideas are actually great. Many are horrible. Many should never have been thought about. But, you will never know unless you try. The most important step to all this is:
Do Not Let Fear Win
When you hit that wall of fear where you want to give up, you’re scared of failure, that’s when you need to dig deep and fight that fear. Do not let it win. If you give up, you’ve failed and fear wins. If the idea is a bad one, rework it until it’s not. If things don’t work out, then you can look back, knowing you put everything into it and gave it your all.