If you consider yourself a creative person, you know how difficult it can be to keep up with all the ideas you have on a daily basis.
Maybe you write some of them down, maybe you even start executing on some of them, but you still feel pretty torn and not sure how to turn your best ideas into action.
In this blog post, we’re going to talk about how to take action and I will give you 3 practical tips that will help you turn your ideas into action.
Here’s an audio version of this blog post:
Before we get into my tips on turning ideas into action, I want to quickly mention three possible reasons why you’re not taking action right now.
Reason #1: You’re feeling overwhelmed
If that’s the case, check out this article where I share my 5 tips on how to stop feeling overwhelmed and get things done.
Reason #2: You’re easily distracted
If I had to choose one reason for not turning most of my ideas into action, it would be this. I’m extremely easily stimulated by all the things that happen in my mind, so I need to make the conscious decision to slow down, take a few deep breaths, and focus on only one task at a time.
Reason #3: You’re afraid of failure
If you’re often fantasizing about creating things but not actually putting the work, you may be afraid of failure. There are many people who are even afraid of success, so you need to make sure to do some inner work because fear can keep you stuck only until your passion to take action becomes bigger than the fear itself.
Okay, there are many other possibilities why you’re not currently taking action, but what’s important now is to focus on the solutions.
1. Make a Reality Check
When you’re assessing an idea, it may sound like the best idea in the world at first, but you need to give it a little bit of time to settle, maybe do something else for a few hours or days, and then come back to it.
Giving your brain some time to rest is crucial if you want to do a good reality check. After you’ve given your idea enough time to settle, look at it again and think if it’s as good as it seemed in the beginning.
To assess it even better, ask yourself the following questions:
✔ Is this something that I want to pursue?
✔ Is this something that can turn into a reality or is it more like a dream?
✔ What steps do I need to take to achieve this goal?
✔ Will I need outside help to turn this idea into action? Who can I ask?
✔ Where can I find more information?
✔ What is the first little action step I can take right now to get me closer to achieving it?
2. Take One Action Step RIGHT NOW
I know you’re busy, I know you have millions of other things to do. But if you don’t take action right now, you’re probably going to procrastinate. And that is not how you turn ideas into action.
So, please, before you go any further into this article, please go and do something — just a little tiny thing that will bring you closer to achieving your goal.
Here are some examples for aspiring entrepreneurs: make a phone call to someone who can help you, think of a brand name for your business, search for a graphic designer for your logo. Whatever that little step is, don’t postpone it. Do it now.
3. Have a Bigger Purpose
If you’re trying to turn an idea into action, it’s not enough just to go with it. You need to have a bigger purpose behind it because that will keep you going when you’re having a bad day or you’re questioning your abilities to turn it into action.
A bigger purpose can be to help people, to financially support your family, to move to another city or maybe advance in your career. Here are some questions you can ask yourself to find the bigger WHY behind your idea:
✔ If I turn this idea into reality, what would it bring to my life?
✔ How will I feel if I achieve my goal?
✔ How would that affect the important people in my life?
✔ What do I want to accomplish in the end?
✔ What will happen if I don’t even try?
✔ If I look back 20 years from now, will I regret not doing this?
Having perspective will help you gain more clarity in your life. Not every idea is going to be brilliant and not every idea is worth pursuing.
That’s why it’s important to assess whether or not this current idea you’re having is something you should put your focus on or maybe you should toss it and move on with your life.
Whatever you decide, please let me know in the comments below:
👉 What do you do to turn your ideas into action?