Do any of these descriptions sound like you?
~~ You feel like jack of all trades, master of none.
~~ You come up with a million new ideas and then a million and one reasons the idea will never work.
~~ You’ve said more than once, “I already had that idea!” when you see a new company/product launch.
~~ You feel like you are spinning your wheels and only digging yourself deeper.
~~ You have “shiny object syndrome” – always looking at the newest things out there and getting distracted.
I am familiar with this because it is exactly how I used to be and how I can be if I don’t reign myself in. And it is something that I hear from my clients a lot.
Everyone has a million ideas.
But most people don’t know what to do with these ideas.
Here is how the “Idea Spin” holds you back:
~~ You spend your time trying to find the right “idea” instead of focusing on the outcome you want from it.
~~ It causes you to think about all of the reasons you aren’t skilled enough to pull it off.
~~ You compare yourself to others and see how everyone else already does it better than you could.
~~ Good ideas lose their value because they are lumped in with so many others.
~~ People stop taking you or your ideas seriously because you have so many of them.
The great news is that there is a way to stop the “Idea Spin”.
The next time you find yourself in this spin, ask yourself these three questions:
1. What do you want to be known for? At the end of the day when people describe who you are and what you do, what do you want them to say? And think about the type of people that you can see yourself surrounded by. Are they in this industry? What industry shares your values?
2. Are you an inventor or a promoter? This is a very important question to ask yourself. We were all born with certain talents. Some of us inherently love creating things. We can sit down for hours and write or design or tinker with something. Others of us would rather be out talking to everyone about this great thing that we found. I think that most people naturally gravitate towards one or another. Which one are you?
3. What do you want to get out of the idea? Again, an important question to ask yourself. I recommend making a list of all of the things that you hope your new “idea” will bring to your life. After you have made the list, rank them in order of priority for you and then use this list as a filter for every idea you have.
Here are some of the most common things that people want to get out of a new idea they have:
~~ Money – Write down how much you want and in what time frame.
~~ Fame – Do you want to be known? If so, by whom? And in what way?
~~ Connections – Are you hoping to expose yourself to other like-minded people? Influencers? Who?
~~ Experience – Is there a skill set that you are looking to grow? Are you hoping that this will be a stepping stone to something else? If so, what?
Right now, I’d love for you to whip out a piece of paper and start a list of all of your “ideas”. Get them out on paper. They are clogging up your brain and taking up mind space. Keep this piece of paper with you at all times and write down an idea every time you have it.
Once you have landed on an idea that you are pretty excited about and feel like it has legs, here is a great article I recently read about how to make selling your ideas more successful .
I hope this helps to give a framework or structure to all of the ideas you have in your head. I have no doubt that there are some brilliant ones in there.
What’s worked for you? Or where do you find yourself in the “idea spin’?