We all have dreams and ideas that we’d love to see come true. But it takes more than just thinking to create something from an idea. Whether you have an idea for a hands-free vacuum cleaner or you want to spend a year living in Costa Rica, there is work that must be done. Moving an idea from your head to reality is a skill that most anyone can learn.
Strategies to bring ideas to life
Be clear about your vision. Write them down.
Many people have vague ideas of what they really want in life: more money, lose weight, a bigger house, more free time. However, it is important to be specific, such as, I want to make $200,000 per year, weigh 135 pounds like I did at age 35, a 5000sf home in Madison, Alabama, and I want to have enough free time to travel out of the country for three months each year. If I am not clear about my dreams and desires for my life, I cannot expect to have the things that I dream about. I must be clear and I must be specific.
Once my goals are clear in my head, it is important to remind myself every day. Every year, people make New Year resolutions and within three weeks, the resolution is out of sight and out of mind. Put sticky notes on your mirror and look at them each morning when you brush your teeth. It keeps your goals fresh and in the forefront of your mind.
Who are your resources? Think of all the people in your life who are your supporters. Their skills, knowledge and time are valuable. Seek them out for encouragement and support.
Eat the elephant one bite at a time. Think about how you want to get where you want to go, and the steps it takes to get you there. You might want to build an empire, climb Mt. Everest, or invent a fabulous app for people to use. What steps would you take to get there?
Start where you want to be and work your way backwards until you reach the step that you can begin today.
Start at the beginning.
In other words, don’t worry just yet about how you’re going to complete step 8. Just worry about taking care of the first step. Trust that you’ll find a way to take care of the latter stages of your journey when the time comes.
Take action every day.
Make a habit of working on your dream at least a little each day. It’s too easy to get bitten by the procrastination bug if you only work on it occasionally. Believe that doing a little each day can bring significant progress over time.
Do an assessment of your progress.
It’s not enough to just lower your head and grunt your way to your goal without putting any thought behind it. It’s important to regularly take a look at how things are going.
What could you improve upon? In what ways are you wasting your time? How much progress have you made? Lift your head up and check on how you’re doing.
Never give up.
Aside from not having a clear outcome in mind, this is likely the biggest issue people have with going from idea to reality. Most of us give up far too easily. There will be plenty of hiccups along the way. It’s important to stick with it until you’re successful.
Practice perseverance in your everyday life.
Avoid giving up on the small things, and you’ll be better at sticking with the big things.
What do you think about doing, seeing, or accomplishing? What are you doing to make those things happen? There are many gurus that want you to believe that happy thoughts alone can change your reality.
Take responsibility for your life and do your own creating.
You can turn your thoughts and ideas into reality, starting today!