Honestly, I think we can all relate to the high of a new, wonderful, inspiring idea hitting you. We can also probably all relate to the crummy, disappointing, frustrating experience of never acting on it. It's the worst isn't it? You know this piece of gold that's stuck in your brain will work, but it just never happens. Why!
Well, there's a couple reasons you may be avoiding taking the time to light the match and start the fire. Let's take a look at some of these reasons and how we can start combating them:
1.The rewards seem unworthy of the effort. You need to reevaluate the value of the reward and the value of the work you will be putting in to attain the reward. If the reward really isn't going to be a good pay off, then you need to rework the idea to find what's going to give you enough payoff for your work. Find something of value that is worth your (valuable) time and brain power. Once you find something worth your time, it's just a matter of starting! If your idea is valuable and you know it will be worth your time, then you need to START. Start anywhere! Brainstorm, create a list, do something and take small steps. Doing something is always better than doing nothing.
2. The reward isn't attainable. If you know you're work isn't going to actually meet the goal you're working toward, you'll have no motivation to start. Reevaluate, find what's going to get you the reward you are looking for and go after that. It's okay to rework and refine ideas, goals, and steps because it gives clarity and quality to those pieces of work.
3. You don't know where to start. Like I said earlier, one small step is still a step. One step in the right direction can give a little momentum. Next week we'll talk about steps for turning ideas into actions, but for now you should start with writing out your main idea / goal then work down from there about actionable steps you can do to achieve your goal. All you have to do this week is make a list, get it down on paper or type it out. Look at what you need to do, think about it, rework it, make it doable.
Check back here next week and we'll talk about steps to help us start turning the quality, valuable ideas into actions.
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