From Idea To Reality

So, you’ve worked hard at generating ideas. You’ve done all the right steps. You’ve kept yourself open and unselfconscious. You’ve taken a shower. You’ve taken a nap. You’ve gone out of your way to expose yourself to new concepts, people and cultures. You’ve come up with and thrown out a gazillion bad ideas. Now, after all that work, you’ve had a really great idea. I mean this idea is solid gold. It’s original. It’s practical. It’s solves a problem that a lot of people are experiencing. It actually is that game changing idea that you’ve been waiting for. Suddenly it hits you. Now that you’ve had the one in a million idea, what’s next?

The answer to that question is “quite a lot more work”. Executing a good idea is often as hard, or harder, than coming up with the idea in the first place. However, don’t worry. You can make the execution phase of the ideation process easier by following a few simple steps.

First, remember to maintain your self-confidence. You’ve gotten this far by working hard and doing the right things. Your work has paid off in spades – you have a killer idea. Simply keep working hard and continue doing the right things and you will ultimately succeed. People will see the value of your idea. You will get to the end of the process and reap your reward.

Next, remember that executing an idea is completely different than having an idea. This is not the time to fly blind. You need advice on what to do to successfully turn your idea into a marketable product or service. So go get that advice. Seek out and listen to people who have already been down this road. Get a mentor. Pay for a mentor if you have to. Information isn’t always free and whatever you invest in mentoring will pale in comparison to the value of the things you will learn.

Finally, lose your fear. Yes, bring an idea to fruition is a risky business. So, is getting up in the morning or getting behind the wheel of a car. We all accept those risk, largely because we have no choice. The benefits of driving, for example, far outweigh the risks. The same holds true with executing your idea. You can let your fear of failing stop you from turning your idea into reality, but then where will you be? Suck it up, buttercup. What you stand to gain from a finished product is so much greater than your fears.

Rough Day? Try These 4 Simple Ways to Be Kind to Yourself

Some days are just plain rough.  Maybe you feel under-slept and grumpy from the get-go. And things only get worse from there. You spill your coffee, miss your bus or the traffic’s terrible. You’re late for your meeting, no time for lunch and you wish you’d spent the day in bed. 


If you’re having a terrible day, stop for a minute, take a deep breath and take some time out to be kind to yourself. You can’t undo the bad things that have already happened, but you can turn around your bad day right now. Here are four simple things you can do to be kind to yourself and stop that rough day in its tracks. 



  • Take some time out


When everything seems to be going wrong, you can stop that negative spiral by taking a break. Get out of the office if you can, go and do some deep breathing in the park or even look out of the window for a few minutes. 


Practice some deep breathing and maybe have an herbal tea or a glass of water. Anything that makes you feel calmer and more in control. 



  • Plan a treat


If your day is going from bad to worse, make a plan to do something luxurious and relaxing. A long bath with the good bath oil, get takeout for dinner, book a weekend away or set up dinner with your partner or a friend. 


Give yourself something to look forward to!



  • Reset your self-talk


Take a moment to look at how you’re talking to yourself. Are you beating yourself up? Do the words ‘you always’ or ‘you never’ crop up in your self-talk? Or maybe ‘you’re no good’, or ‘why can’t you’? 


Reset your Inner Critic to your Inner Champion and turn that self-talk around. Would you talk to a friend like that? No way! Then be kind to yourself. Everyone has bad days, you need nurturing, not beating up!



  • Celebrate the small wins


Sometimes it can feel like an achievement to get through the day at all! If you’re having a bad day, write down all your wins, big and small. 


If you took the time to eat lunch, made it to the gym or yoga class, fed your family, and walked the dog you are on a winning streak!  Make it fun and pat yourself on the back for all the checks on your list. Make it even more fun by writing down the bad things that didn’t happen. You didn’t spill coffee on your boss; you didn’t miss the bus, you didn’t forget to pick up the kids. 


Celebrate just getting through!

Your Daily Word Prompt – Conspicuous – November 19, 2019

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