Sometimes one of the hardest things to do is to take a whisper of an idea, or a mishmash of many ideas, and bring at least one of them to fruition. You have an idea, maybe many ideas, but you just simply cannot stop the noise in your mind long enough to actually make your ideas happen. Jumping from idea to reality is really more like hopscotch than jumping from point A to point B like you do in the long jump. You need to make a lot of small jumps to get where you’re going. If you really want to start a shop, keep reading to find out the best ways to make that happen!
Get Super Focused
It’s important to get your idea down on paper and become very clear about what your idea is. The truth is, you can keep an idea spinning around in your head for years without ever coming to any conclusions that will make your idea a reality. Once you get focused on your idea, the idea that will become a reality, it’s time to put your money where your mouth is. You are going to write it down in as much detail as possible and make it clear what the reality is that you want.
Develop Your Plan
Write down everything that needs to be done to make your idea a reality. Do you need to research the feasibility of the idea? Develop a prototype? Set up the infrastructure? What exactly do you need to do in a broad sense to get your idea to reality? Write down each component of your idea that needs to be done. Things for a shop are to scout the location, get seed money, determine your audience, determine your location, estimate cash flows, you get the point.
Create the Steps
Once you have a broad overview of all the deliverables from developing your plan, it’s time to create the steps to make each aspect become reality. For instance, in the above you could come up with the following: Write a Business Plan, Build a Website, Rent Commercial Business or Shop Space, Perfect the design and purchase the products, get insurance. Then make step-by-step instructions for yourself (and others) to get these things done in a timely manner. Make sure you assign someone who can think without you constantly having to tell them what to do. This will make your life easier.
Get the Help You Need
Even if this is your idea and no one else’s, often times getting help gives you the real motivation to bring the idea to reality. You can get help in the form of actual partners, or you can hire employees or contractors to help you implement your plans. You may also need a lawyer, or expert within the area of your idea to help you navigate the laws. Most communities have small business incubators and other help available either free of charge or for a very low cost. Don’t think of it as wasted money, because you are investing in your business and getting it off to the right start.
Organize all steps created in chronologic order. Then simply do first things first. Jump in order from one thing to the next. As one thing is finished, move on to the next until one day, you will be done and your idea will be reality. Remember, time moves forward whether you take action or not, so you might as well take action. There is a saying to “Eat The Frog” and it means do the hardest thing first. You would be amazed how effective this is for getting something done. It gives you a sense of accomplishment for the day and you will get more done.
By getting clear in your mind about what your idea really consists of, the plans you’ll need to make and the steps you’ll take, with the right help your new reality will be the full implementation of your awesome ideas. One idea at a time.
Tell us about a time when you really took action and tried to create a plan – what happened? Did you get the plan done or did it coast away from lack of attention?