Everyone knows the feeling that comes when a great idea hits them. The sensation of “yeah…..that would be a GREAT idea!” and the realization that your “idea” is actually worth following through. But what do you do after that moment? Most people just rest on their hands until that great idea becomes nothing more than a fading memory. Then there are those that act on the moment and that is where the magic occurs. So, how do you move away from being like person A and become more like person B? Here are some steps to do just that:
Write the idea down. Some people will call ideas butterflies; meaning the minute you try to reach out and grab them, they will fly away – never to return. Great ideas are easily forgotten; no matter how many times it comes back to you. The best way to avoid this problem is by writing it down in some form or fashion. That can include keeping a notebook handy at all times or even sending yourself a quick text or email. Make use of that smart phone that you carry around everywhere and keep a hold of that great idea!
Research the idea. Spend time doing a Google search to see if someone has come up with the same idea. Sometimes we may think that our idea is so original, when in reality it is nothing more than a cheap knock off of what someone else has done. Search the Internet to see what you find to make sure that your idea is new or at least different enough to be a viable project.
Bounce the idea off of someone you trust. The someone you trust part is vital to this step. You want to make sure that you haven’t fallen in love with your idea simply because it’s something that you came up with. Get feedback from a person, IE mentor or best friend, that will not steal your idea but will instead help you build it out from there.
Start slow but make progress. This is important because many people think that they have a great idea that’s going to explode right out of the gate. While that may occur, most projects take slow growth before gaining any real steam. Plan out your steps and do the best you can to make one a day, week, month or year. As long as forward progress is being made your great idea will eventually become a great “thing.”
The R&B Management Group can help you develop these great ideas with our business consulting services. Check out our services page for more information on exactly how we can do so and the experience we’ve had in the past.