Solopreneurs often love idea generating and starting new projects. however, with input coming in from so many different directions, ideas are often abounding but there’s simply not enough time to take action on all of these wonderful ideas (and still keep the business going). so what’s a highly creative person to do? here are some simple tips to begin implementing ideas instead of merely collecting them.
*Have an "idea collection area" so that you can collect all ideas in one spot. many times, we lose valuable ideas just because we are inspired when driving, and we write it on an envelope or the back of a napkin, and the scrap gets shuffled around and tossed out three months later. keep a folder or a notebook, and stick all of those scraps or sticky notes right in there.
Idea implementation tips:
- implement ideas one at a time. focus on just one right now. two if you really need the mental stimulation, but once you get beyond that, your energy is often so diluted that you lose momentum and stall progress.
- break your great idea down into manageable steps. sometimes the only thing that gets in your way is overwhelm! so breaking the project down into 3 or 6 or even 10 parts enables you to focus on just a bit at a time, and get back on track.
- act with speed. this is one of the hallmarks of highly successful people. they get an idea, they mention it to you, and the ne?t time you meet, they hand you the product they just created. emulate people you know who commit, act, and follow through.
*team up with a buddy or partner to implement ideas even faster. make sure the person is trustworthy and motivated! there’s a reason the saying "two heads are better than one" has been around for so long.
- set aside specific days for specific projects. oftentimes, we’re so caught up in the frenzy of so much work, so few hands to do it, that we forfeit long-term, high payoff projects for short-term cash flow now. make sure and put in several hours each week on a project with long-term profit potential, such as product creation.
- get support from a peer, mastermind group, or coach.
- have a waiting list of ideas ready. review this only once a week, and don’t start another idea or project until the first is complete! really commit to learning how to complete what you start
- set aside a limited amount of "play" time, when you actively seek out mental stimulation and new ideas. however, many creatives spend more time thinking up new projects, than working on already-started projects. so start to limit your take-in-new-ideas time, ma?imize your implementation time, and watch how much your inspiration actually increases!
on several occasions i have noticed that an idea that was rejected years earlier is readily accepted today. it prompted me to think "if we had only implemented it before we would have been ahead of the curve." in this article we will look at a couple of criteria that influence an idea’s success and how can we determine the right time to push to implement it.
factors influencing the success of an idea the
Success of an idea depends on two criteria:
- it has to be good
- the environment has to be right for it to thrive.
In the long run, good ideas stand the test of time. but it is difficult to predict if an idea will survive in the long run. even if it is good, there is no guarantee that it will be accepted. there are a litany of cases where good ideas were rejected due to prevailing norms only to resurface and thrive when the environment was more conducive to their implementation. conversely, several ideas were considered good initially failed miserably. so the challenge is to figure out if and when the two criteria are met.
The right time to push an idea
It is difficult to determine the right time to push an idea. but there a few things that can help with the determination:
- determining if an idea is good
- how does one know if an idea is good at the outset? well, we don’t. it has to be tested first which can be accomplished in a number of ways.
First, truthfully answer the following question, "am i passionate about my idea?" if you do not believe in it, no one else will.
Research if others have had the same idea. if it is backed by research is a good indicator of it’s validity.
Pitch the idea to peers and superiors to gauge how it will be received. be very selective about the feedback population. based on prior receptiveness classify peers/superiors into optimists, pessimists or fence sitters. a balanced mi? of the three is the best feedback population. an unbalanced mi? can result in a premature push or abandonment.
Before ideas become revolutionary, they are evolutionary. it is like a product or service which evolves over time and needs continual vetting. based on the feedback, don’t be afraid to tweak ideas.
If multiple people agree but think it will not work because of some reason or another, take heart. that is a sign that you are on the right track. it’s just that the environment is not yet favorable.