“The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex, overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one.” Mark Twain
I’ve been working on a good idea. And like so many ideas I have had in the past; I find it a challenge to take this idea that is in my head and make it a reality. I’m hoping that by writing about the proven principles I have been studying, it will help catapult me to success. And just as importantly, I’m hoping to convince you to take your good idea and do something with it as well.
I think if I were writing a book about turning good ideas into reality I would begin the first chapter with this title: ‘Just Suck It Up’. As near as I can tell the first step in beginning the process is to have a buddy stick a straw in your ear and suck out that good idea that’s just been floating around up there in your brain. Once they have seized the idea and it is securely in the straw, then have them move the straw over to a petri dish and blow the idea out. Now, it is out in the open and you can further examine it, and begin the lab work…or should I say the ‘ABC’ work. You do remember the ABC part, right: Action, Commitment, and Belief?
Once we have captured the good idea, we can take action. We break it down and see what needs to be done to make the idea a reality and simply take the next step. We must go into this with the belief that we have the ‘where withal’ to make it happen. Repeat this mantra to yourself: “There’s no such thing as the ‘idea’ fairy. I am the one who has to turn this puppy into gold.” And then we make a commitment to actually do it. This is where we select our board of directors and ask them to keep us accountable.
But be aware, because as we learned last week, we will no doubt have to battle the dastardly dudes: their goal is to take our good idea down. When that negative self-talk and doubting questions pierce our thoughts, just know that we better get the weapons ready. And sadly people, even if we are the victors in this first battle against the dudes; know this…They will be back! So be prepared for a rematch in the upcoming days.
But, In the meantime, we need to get to work. Let’s focus on three R’s today:
The first R is research. Go to the library, call up an expert, search the web and find out what’s been done before, and how they did it. What is it that we need to know in order to turn our idea into a reality?
As we are working on the Research, we will no doubt also be coming up against the second R. What or who do we need in terms of resources? Things such as: money, time, skills, other people’s skills etc. Yes, we need to write it down. Then, next to each needed resource we should begin to brain storm the solutions for obtaining said resources.
Example: I need $5000 to put this idea into action: Ways I might raise the money: take it out of my savings, borrow it from the bank, find a partner to join in, get a job on the side, stand on the corner in Winslow Arizona and beg for it.. etc.
And once we complete the first two R’s (Research and Resources) we come up against the 3rd R, which is perhaps the one I have the greatest challenge with…that’s Request. “ASK! ASK! ASK!” We have to be willing to ask for the help we need. If we want to G-E-T we have to A-S-K.
So …if we need the 5,000 bucks to turn our idea into reality we may need to ASK someone for it? Now if you are anything like me you would begin with something whiney and pathetic like this: “I hate to bother you, and I know you’ll probably say no, and I totally understand if you aren’t able to do it, and I probably wouldn’t do it if I were you; but, could you just maybe please consider loaning me some money?” (No eye contact of course)
Wrong, Wrong, Wrong! Remember…We believe in ourselves, we are taking action; we have made a commitment and thus far fended off the dudes! We have done our research and we know what we need. Take a lesson from Shark Tank: stand tall, be confident and ask for what we need!
So our assignment this week is to continue to break down our good idea into manageable steps and take action: do the research, make a list of the needed resources and request the help you need.