You have them, you know you do! So, what’s happened to all of your great ideas? Have you followed through on all of them or have some fallen through the cracks? If you’re like many business owners it’s easy to let your big ideas fall to the wayside. Unfortunately, there’s never a simple fix to this issue because there are many reasons why we don’t follow through. That being said, once you’ve identified the reasons you can then take 3 steps to consistently follow through on your big ideas.
Why Aren’t You Following Through?
There are many reasons why you may not be following through on you big ideas. The first step is to ask yourself why you’re not.
You’ve probably heard yourself saying at least one of these most common reasons:
- You’re too busy
- You have no idea how to make it happen
- Your idea is too big, to abstract
- You have other priorities
- There’s no deadline or sense of urgency
- You don’t have support
- There are too many obstacles
- You’re afraid or doubt your ability to see it through
Chances are your reason falls into one of the above categories. It may not be exactly as written but one or more of the reasons resonates with you, right? Once you’ve said it out loud and acknowledged it, the next step is to turn it around and make your idea or dream a reality.
All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them. – Walt Disney
Scrutinizing and Assessing Your Follow Through
Many of the reasons listed all have one thing in common, they’re all a failure to set a reasonable goal.
For example, the idea is too big just means that you haven’t turned your dream into a goal. If your big idea is to publish a book for your business that alone isn’t a tangible goal. However, to publish a book by June 30th is a goal. It then gives you the power to break it down into smaller more manageable steps.
Scrutinize your dream or big idea and assess what you can do to make it happen.
DO you need to break it down into steps?
DO you need to hire someone to help you with some or all of the goal?
DO you need to offload other tasks so that you can make your idea a priority?
Making it Happen
Following through on your big ideas is more about making daily action a habit. Once you’ve scrutinized and assessed your idea and discovered how to make it more manageable (by breaking tasks down into specific To-Dos), you can then create an action plan. Decide what you’re going to do every day to help you achieve your goal. Your daily action doesn’t need to be huge, it just needs to happen.
Remember, small steps lead to big results!
What’s the first idea you’re going to follow through on?