By Rooda AlNeama (@ThinkDubai)
We generate so many ideas during the day, most of these ideas get pushed away and forgotten, and others stick for a while longer. Those who have a passion for pursuing their ideas often wonder if they will succeed, persevere, and turn the idea into reality. Just like a New Years resolution, we have the intention of doing it ‘someday,’ and that is where we fall into the first trap.
No deadlines. When there is no deadline the idea or resolution floats around and becomes a thing of the past. But I personally find it hard to stick to deadlines that I put for myself because they are the ones I can shift around. We need to remind ourselves of the ideas we are passionate about, and the things we want to achieve because they can get lost in our busy lives.
Manageable goals. As we dream, there are no barriers that tell us when to stop and how far we can go; it is as if we have reached our goal already! Breaking up our goals into manageable steps will help ensure that we are working towards making them happen instead of feeling that they are overwhelming. I find myself leaving things for later because I just do not know where to start; as time passes by, I realized I should start somewhere, anywhere. Sometimes, vocalizing our goals make us feel proud of ourselves to the point that we do not pursue them anymore. Derek Sivers explores this further in his TEDx video here.
Why? If after a while you find yourself not caring about the idea anymore, or not passionate about the change you want to create, do not leave it aside. If you keep thinking about it, then you know you have something you need to pursue. Consider how this idea makes you feel, and why it means so much to you; this will help keep it in your mind a little longer. As the entrepreneurial inspiration Sir Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Empire, puts it “business opportunities are like buses, there is always another one coming.”
I share these thoughts with you because I find myself burning through many ideas, and cannot tell if I have ‘hit’ the right one. I can be passionate about it one day, and burnt out the next. It is human nature to not feel the same thing constantly, but I decided to see how I can change the way I think about my ideas and achieve the goals I set for myself.
When sharing your thoughts with others, especially in the first stages, you might hear so many different opinions that will shift the way you feel about your idea. Doubt, fear, and helplessness might take over until you cannot do it anymore. Do not let that stop you from trying to reignite your first vision; it may not be the right time, but the time will come eventually. Chances are you are the only person who can follow through and do it just the way you envision it. So what is the worst that could happen? You can always change your mind, be interested in a new idea, or realize that this is what you want to do for the rest of your life. So feel everything you have to, both the negative and positive, regarding an idea, but then move on and make it happen!
How do you keep yourself on the path to achieve your goals? Would love to learn about your techniques.
22nd Issue – January 2012
Here We Start – Art of Living 101 – Beyond Inspiration
Blunders of a Wanna Be Entrepreneur – Community Talk – Scenes from Life
Sense and Sustainability – Too Blunt For Words – To The Point