Bring your ideas to reality
At some point of our lives, we may have thought “that’s a brilliant idea! I’m gonna write this one down”
But if just for a second, you loose your train of thoughts… that’s it. You don’t remember that brilliant idea anymore. It’s like a blurry image without color. You don’t even remember what were you doing while conceiving this idea.
However, there are other times where you have the idea. This one, it’s saved within your soul. This one’s special. You may have even not shared it with your friends while you keep nurturing this idea in your head. But you don’t really implement it, do you?
You’re not the only one. We’ve all had our epiphanies but with too little time for that.
I wanted to write a book, but never did. Ask my mother. Countless times I’ve told her how happy I’d be if I had a book. But I never took action, I would always find an excuse. Sometimes I would write the two first chapters, I’d show them to my parents and that’s it. They’d say that it was stunning, but I guess it was somehow influenced by the fact that they are my parents.
So that was it: a mountain of started chapters without future. Like all my almost-finished-diaries. I’d start and never finish them. So that’s when I came up with the idea of writing a blog. Because I’d always wanted to write. And what’s better than writing short narrations, without measuring pages, to train myself, than a blog? That way -at least that’s how I convinced myself- it would be a safe investment for myself to publish a book someday. Because post by post, I am facing the perfect amount of words I am capable of writing without feeling frustrated, uncomfortable or mad. This amount is around 800 words.
Going back to the main topic of this post, here it’s my list of 6 + 1 tips I thought about when implementing an idea to reality:
1. Tell someone you’re going to do it. Say it, out loud. That way, if you get it out of your chest, you’re involving someone else into your plans. You can also tell everyone in the world (or in the Internet. Or the 0,05% that would read your message, being optimistic). Even tell it to a stranger from the street.
2. Carve time whenever you can. Even if it’s only 15 minutes after waking up or once you’re at home after work. Find your time, where you can dedicate yourself solely in that task. If you want it bad enough, you’ll make time for it.
3. Baby steps. Small steps are important, specially in the beginning. Don’t set yourself objectives that are too far from where you’re at now. Or objectives that need too much time (like 1-2 hours per session). If you were exercising, imagine starting intensively. You’ll get tired too soon with a bad experience and you’ll never repeat again. So start slow and steady. Just like when runners train for a marathon. You’ll eventually get there.
4. Consistency. Be committed on what you’re doing and stay focused. Repeat it. That’s the key to anything, if you want to success: you have to do it consistently and repeatedly. Bring a notebook your you, so that you can write anything that comes into your mind in the most common circumstances. Even with a pen you’re more than settled. You can use a napkin from a coffee shop to write. Napkins changed lives already.
5. Remind yourself. Just like when you plan going for a run the next morning and leave the running shoes and clothes just ready for you to wear, leave everything already set up for the next morning when you plan doing something. By reminding yourself with these small details (the running shoes on one side of your bed, your fruits in the kitchen for a healthy breakfast), you guarantee motivating yourself to do it.
Find the method that works best for you and use it. Although having the idea in your mind, nothing guarantees you that you’ll actually implement that idea. Remind yourself and perceive it everywhere. That0s when you start taking action.
6. When you want to sneak out of implementing your own ideas, ask yourself why. Everyone thought at some point that “I’m going to do it tomorrow” and tomorrow never took place. Maybe that fear of failing is what sets us back. Or maybe you have limited resources to implement your idea.
If you identify the problem, the reason why you’re holding back… it’s much easier to find a solution. You’ll probably find more obstacles along the way, but you’ll be getting closer each step. Nobody said it was easy.
7. Nurture your idea day after day. Let it evolve by new experiences and new thoughts. That way, it never wears out or becomes old. By @guileem, sent over twitter.
Would you add anything to this list? I would love to read what you do to motivate yourself to take your projects into real life.
Illustration by Paula Bonet.