So said Eleanor Roosevelt, a woman I have grown to admire tremendously.
This post is taking me out on a limb, because I am making a true confession: that I am infamous for coming up with fantastically good business ideas that I never implement.
Later on, someone picks up on the idea or trend and runs with it. And for me, well, it’s another idea I had a decade ago. While I don’t exactly regret not implementing the idea myself, I do wonder what would have happened if I had.
Then, I think about all the trouble it would’ve been to put the idea together into an action plan and I’m glad I didn’t do it. Because I can be incredibly lazy.
The truth is that I am a big picture person. All the implementation details? I’m not that interesting in doing them. They’re too much work, or not what I like to do, or …or…I have a million excuses– I mean reasons.
I have an idea for a new venture.
I’ve made some moves toward implementing it, such as:
- Buying a URL.
- Conceptualizing a few products that would be part of it.
- Getting some “credentials.”
- Testing it to positive reviews from friends and family.
And then I stopped. Why? I wondered. Some questions came to mind.
How much do I really want to work at this stage of my life? It’s not a concept that takes heavy lifting, but it takes more than sitting on my ass in front of a computer screen.
How important is this concept to me? It’s pretty important. I admire others who work in similar fields. I read about the subject all the time. I write about it. And I do some of it in my spare time anyway.
The truth is, there’s nothing pushing me to do it. If I had to depend on it to pay the bills, you can bet I’d be developing the hell out of it.
Right now, though, I have a pretty good life. I do some freelance writing. I write for pleasure. I play with my dog. My husband and I travel often. I read. I watch TV and go to movies. I spend time with friends.
I don’t have to do this.
But something’s pushing me. The importance of the work, perhaps.
So just before Thanksgiving, I signed up for a four-session webinar that would give me everything I needed to succeed. Or so the guy told me. He’s made millions telling people his secrets, so maybe he knows something I don’t. Since the session was almost free–under $10–I had little to lose.
And in fact, it’s giving me knowledge (I won’t go so far as to say skills, not yet) that will be a big help in implementing the concept.
More important, almost, is that it’s re-energized me. I see a path to success with the products.
And, fortunately, our renovation is going to require us to stay home for three consecutive months, time enough to allow me to launch in a thoughtful and organized way.
It’s entirely possible that for once, I’ll bring an idea to fruition. That I’ll make things happen.
What about you? Do you make your great ideas reality and how do you motivate yourself to make things happen? I need help!