Turning Your Brilliant Ideas Into Positive Action

Turn Your Brilliant Ideas Into Positive Action - Don't let confusion, fear or self-doubt stop you from taking action. Check out these 4 steps to help you start moving in the right direction so you can reach your goals. So many times, I’m sitting at my desk working and I have like a flood gate of ideas open. It can be kind of overwhelming! Nothing feels more exciting than having a bunch of brilliant ideas that you know have potential to help people and – let’s face it – earn you some money.

The hard part comes when you’re so overwhelmed by those ideas that you don’t know how to start taking action on them. Maybe there’s too many ideas at once, or maybe your idea is for something you’ve never done before and you’re just a little-bitty-teensy-weensy bit afraid to start – or you just don’t know WHERE to start.

Never fear! I am on this like sour cream and chives on a baked potato. I’ve been in that situation, sitting in that hot seat hundreds of times, and I’ve figured out a few steps that will help you get started taking positive, consistent action to bring your brilliant ideas to life.

 

#1 – Make a list. 
I can not stress the importance of this enough. It’s something about the way my brain is wired – I get a lot of ideas all at once, but if I don’t write them down they might as well have never been thought. In order to turn your ideas into action, you need to be able to remember them – so write them down!

You can do it on your computer – I keep a document on Google Docs, just for that. Or, if you’d rather, keep a notebook and write things down. However it works best for you – but do it or your BEST. IDEA. EVER. may be lost to the world until someone else does it and then you spend the next year slapping yourself for not doing it when you first thought of it.

#2 – Create your plan of attack.
You have an idea – awesome! Now you need to figure out a plan of action – how are you going to make it happen? Figure out what steps are involved, and write them down as a series of goals. Break big steps into smaller ones.

Having a plan to follow makes it so much easier to keep taking consistent action. When you’re sitting there thinking “Well, what do I do now?” your plan will tell you!

#3 – Believe That You’ve Got This
If you’ve ever read the book Dune, you probably remember the “Litany Against Fear”:

I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer.

Well, fear is also the idea killer, the action killer. Fear will stop you from following your dreams and taking action on your amazing ideas.

You know what kicks fear right in the balls? Taking action. True story.

Once you start moving, once you start getting some forward momentum, you’ll stop second guessing yourself.

And you know what else? You need to stop giving a damn what anyone else thinks about it or what they’re gonna say – because they’re gonna say something anyway. People love nothing more than to try to step on your dreams and keep you down. The truth is, you’re way ahead of the game just by trying.

#4 – Baby steps, sweetheart.
There’s nothing scarier than looking at all the tiny little details and realizing just how much needs to be done to bring your idea to life. If you stop to look at it too long, it’s like Kaa, the crazy-eyed snake in The Jungle Book – you’ll get hypnotized and frozen.

(I wanted to put a picture of him here, but I’m afraid Disney would sue me – so just imagine a crazy snake with spirally spinny eyes, hypnotizing you with Winnie the Pooh’s voice)

Yes, you need to plan out your steps and yes, you need to do your research – but don’t get so hung up on the minutiae that you never start. Thinking you need to have the perfect plan before you start is a recipe for never starting. Get started, and figure out the little details as you go.

So take baby steps – start with each step and move forward a little bit each day and remember, you can’t steer a ship that’s not moving!

Turning your brilliant ideas into action can be hella scary, but when you do it, the pay off can be FANTASTIC. Start slow, work your way into it – and just keep taking action!

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46 responses on Turning Your Brilliant Ideas Into Positive Action

  1. Sometimes I overthink my lists. Perfectionism is another action killer. But I have to admit that usually if I just DO IT (whatever IT is) it’s not as bad as I’d feared 🙂

    1. For sure – that’s a bit of what I was hinting at in #4. It’s important to have that plan, but a “rough outline” is enough to get started and then you can work out the fine details as you go. Sometimes perfectionism is just another name for procrastination 😉

  2. Excellent tips for people that are working hard on their blogs. I find lists extremely helpful as well, esp with my short memory loss issues these days.
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  3. It is amazing what documenting your ideas and expectations can accomplish. I often think of something and let it get away. I just recently started writing down more ideas and goals and my productivity has really increased!

    1. It’s so frustrating to me to remember an idea I had months later – when I see someone else putting it into action! Writing it down for sure helps with productivity.

  4. I am such a list person, and love those brain storm sessions where the good stuff just flows! I have started keeping a marble composition book in my work area so that not only do I have a place to make my lists, but they won’t get lost or pages won’t go missing like they do when I was using a legal pad.
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  5. I always think I have such great ideas but then don’t write them down & forget them! I’ve been doing better about it lately and actually writing them down. Now I just have to do them!

    1. It really is so easy to second guess yourself. It’s what holds me back the most. I write something that I’m super excited about, and then by the time I get to the end of it, I’m thinking – nobody’s going to care about this. I’ve got so many “almost finished” drafts because of it.

  6. I have a severe case of fear when it comes to stepping outside of my comfort zone. I have so many goals I hope to achieve this year.

    1. It’s so hard to take that first step! It can help to break a really scary idea or goal up into smaller, more manageable bits. Let me know if I can help you get started!

  7. I have tons of lists … and I can’t function without them! I have had the situation where I had an idea then forgotten about it only to see someone else post something similar. I was so mad at myself. I think the hardest step for me is almost always between 2 and 3. Thanks for sharing these tips – it’s such a great reminder!

    1. Doesn’t that just make you want to kick yourself? You can always do it again in your own way, but it’s still frustrating. Thanks for popping by!

  8. This is all so true! I’m a list kind of girl too. I need to write down everything, from ideas to my day plan and even a week plan. Everything in a list. If it’s today, then I would make my list, write xxx post, send XXX Logo, reply XXX mail. Even the tiniest task, I write them down so I can mark it as done later. I need organization to have productive day. The thing Im not so good at is baby steps. I’m impatient. I want to do it all and do it perfectly and the size of my frustration is usually directly proportional to my impatience. Sometimes everything goes right and it’s so good by to be honest every time I take the time to plan and think things through and set deadlines, things go so much better!

    This is such a great reminder!!!
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  9. It is incredibly easy to get overwhelmed and stressed out. Sometimes, you just have to step back and reevaluate things. I love the way that you laid this process out.

  10. Such a smart ideas, I do love making a plan list or everything that I need to achieve. Especially in my job, I need to finish it on time, so glad that I achieve it. And I always believe that I can do it.

  11. I totally agree with this post. Thanks for your tips! I do feel that whenever we have a goal in mind it should accompany a well-thought out plan that enumerates the steps that isn’t too overwhelming. That way we can achieve our goal one step at a time!

    1. Absolutely – like I mentioned above, breaking it up into smaller steps is a great way to get started on a huge task. It’s like building a wall – it may look enormous, but you really only have to move one brick at a time.

  12. Kelly, you crack me up! You totally had me smiling ear to ear when I read your comment and you said “I am on this like sour cream and chives on a baked potato.” But all jokes aside, this was so helpful for me! I do definitely struggle when it comes to putting my ideas and goals into action. I recently shared my New Year’s resolutions on my blog (and you were kind enough to leave a sweet comment for me!) and the biggest hurdle I had to overcome before finishing that post was deciding how to put my goals into action. Thank you for this great reminder on how I can implement these strategies into my day-to-day planning. You rock!

  13. I love making lists! It’s really cathartic for me when I actually write it down with pen and baby. Great advice to take baby steps. Charging full steam ahead at first sometimes slows you down in the end.

    1. I can definitely tell a difference in my productivity when I make a list. Without one, I spend half the day trying to figure out what to do next. Thanks for popping in!

  14. Yes to baby steps. My best piece of advice, if you’ve got a lot going on, don’t feel bad about having to hit the pause button. I’m in the midst of moving, but I have all these awesome ideas for a kids book, but have decided to hit the pause button. I find that I’m less likely to continue with my plans if I get overwhelmed or burnout. Better to take a break than overdo it.

    1. That’s so true. When I start feeling overwhelmed, I just shut down and don’t get anything done. That’s why writing them down is so great, I don’t feel like I have to take action that very second. Thanks for a great comment, Theresa 🙂

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