I’ve shared thoughts previously on the importance of a Decision to Act, but it’s the ideas of “what” to act upon that must come first. Ideas are often the manifestation of dreams, as they move from the subconscious into conscious thought. To take shape, however, ideas must be visualized in form of the desired outcome; that’s the point at which many good ideas get stuck and wither away.
Just as ideas are infinite, so can be the possible approaches for making them real. Ideas stand a better chance of implementation when they:
- Solve a problem;
- Improve a process;
- Advance learning;
- Enhance an outcome;
- Are not so numerous that they overwhelm their owner;
- Don’t get buried under fear of failure;
- Inspire action!
Trying to do everything, or choosing to do nothing, will result in ideas without action. Choose those few ideas with the greatest potential and get to work making them real.
Visualizing success is a wonderful way to inspire action. John Spence discusses the Three Watchwords of Excellence — Focus-> Discipline-> Action — which are at the heart of achieving success. It is those same core tenets that enable ideas to be formed, shaped and implemented. Don’t allow ideas without action to doom yours; the world deserves your best!