Great Idea, What Next?

Did you just have a ‘light bulb’ moment? You know what I mean, one of those “hey, wait a minute!” moments when things suddenly became clear? If so, what did you do next? Like most people, did you just forget about it and let it slip away, or did you write it down somewhere so that you could refer back to it later?

Today’s post is about two things:
1. The importance of capturing those ideas, by writing them down immediately.
2. The fact that ideas not manifested through action are worthless, no matter how great their potential.

These are important lessons for each of us to learn, to really “get” that ideas are things. Every great movement, every great invention, every cure for disease or solution to a problem, started with an idea. But the next step is to realize that ideas, without action, have no value. It’s only when ideas are married to action, and consistent effort is applied until they are developed, that the value of an idea is realized. Which leads us to a simple, but surprisingly powerful, formula:

Idea + Action + Focus Until Finished = Benefit

Simple, right? Let’s break the formula down:

THOUGHTS (IDEAS). This first step is sounds easy, but the fact is that most people don’t like to think. Henry Ford said “Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is probably the reason why so few engage in it.” That’s why, when you are thinking and you get a good idea, it’s such a loss to let it slip away. That’s why many great leaders, inventors and successful business people carry a notebook with them all the time. But as John Maxwell tells us, most ideas are not conceived fully formed. Many ideas still require development to reach their full potential, and this step requires time and patience. The way to reach the goals you set, starts with ideas.

TAKE ACTION. For your idea to move from being just an idea, you have to begin taking action. For some, this is an exciting stage, but for others it’s stressful and they never reach it. Starting any new challenge may make you feel excited, apprehensive or nervous, but if you believe the idea is a good one, take action. Don’t let your good ideas go to waste.

Not sure how to start? Sometimes it’s best to just get going. When you actually begin to take action, frequently the path will rise up to meet you. If you can, it’s always better to make a clear plan for how you’ll start, but if not and you believe strongly in the idea, you must start regardless.

FINISH IT. If thinking is hard, and taking action is challenging, staying focused to the finish line can be downright difficult. In a way, it’s nature’s test to determine who deserves the rewards of the goal, by seeing who can not only take action, but stay focused, committed and on track until the goal is achieved. The good news is that most people don’t, or won’t, which means that if you are willing to be that person who stays the course until your idea is completed, you will have set yourself apart from the crowd.

Every worthwhile thing you have ever earned started with an idea and the willingness to take focused, continuous action. It requires hard work and perseverance, the determination to stay engaged until the job is done. This simple formula is effective though, and the good news about it is anyone can do it.

So, let me ask you again, did you just have a ‘light bulb’ moment?

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