Many ideas held hostage in your mind want to be set free.
You daydream about them, talk about them, journal about them, and even buy domains for them.
Yeah, that big but gets in the way. ^_^
Much of what we keep in our mind: knowledge, ideas, intentions, hopes, and dreams don’t go anywhere.
Why do you think that is?
Most people will say fear and that plays a role.
Disbelief in your abilities is another.
But what really stunts your ideas is inaction.
I like what James Greig has to say about ideas....your idea isn’t as precious as you think. It’s taking action that’s the rarity. James GreigClick To Tweet
David Allen, Author of Getting Things Done says this [of ideas]…
“Your mind is for having ideas, not holding them.” ~ David Allen
Powerful, don’t you think? I sure do.
Many Ideas Never Take Flight
Many ideas like feelings fade away. While you’re having the idea or the emotion it’s all encompassing, isn’t it?
Let’s talk Korean Dramas. There’s a point, really. 😉
I enjoy watching romantic comedies–Korean Dramas more specifically. I will sit and binge-watch a series (16 episodes) in a weekend.
But, you know what?
As many dramas I watch, I’m still sitting on my duff watching a screen while other people (actors) are living their lives.
They risk everything for love.
They risk everything for their families.
They have impromptu trips to the beach.
They pursue their passions, goals, dreams, careers…
It almost feels like I am living life right alongside them BUT I’m not. I’m sitting in a chair watching pixels on a screen.
Moving Past Pixels
In order to FEEL or experience things first hand, I must open the front door, walk out, and interact with people. It’s where the magic happens. It’s where emotions and intentions are honored or abused. It’s where life shines or disappoints.
The risk of trusting in the possibility of others is where real living begins. Sure you’re risking pain, anger, hurt, [insert negative emotion or event] but you’re also receiving love, compassion, kindness, hope, adventure, fun, laughter, and more.
Isn’t it better than talking to fake characters (pixels) on the screen?
How Can You Move Your Ideas Into Reality?
So far you’ve learned:
- many of us hold ideas hostage by inaction
- we even convince ourselves we’re living by watching others
BUT, it’s not reality, is it?
What’s the next step?
It’s Brain Dump Time
First, watch Tim’s Strategy: The Power of Acting on Your Ideas. You can stop at the 1:33-minute mark as that is the part I’m referring to —Acting on your Ideas.
What are you holding inside your head?
What are the ideas percolating between your ears?
Isn’t it time to let them out?
It’s only by letting those ideas out, testing them, and experiencing them that you truly live (act).
How to Get Your Many Ideas Out?
Trent Hamm of The Simple Dollar shares in his article Getting Things Done: Five Key Things:
“We all daydream. We’re in the middle of doing something when a thought pops into our head – something we need to do, something we wish we were doing, etc. We think about it for a moment and suddenly, our focus on the task at hand is broken. It takes us time to get back on track on what we’re doing, plus we’re trying to remember that thing that we just thought about.
Isn’t this the truth? Ugh, I can’t even begin to tell you how many times my brain moves onto to something else. It’s so frustrating.
Here’s a printable Big Idea page for you to download. Use this to dump your ideas on. You can also use a spiral notebook, it’s what I use. I fill at least 2 of them each month – that’s how many ideas flow through this mind of mine.
Trent also shares how he does Brain Dump Friday’s. It’s a great process. (read it)
- brain dump your ideas onto paper
- review, organize, prioritize, and break your list into 30-minute chunks
- act on your ideas over the weekend
- rinse and repeat
Now that you have your ideas out of your head and onto paper, what’s your next step?
Take Action“To me, ideas are worth nothing unless executed. They are just a multiplier. Execution is worth millions.” Derek SiversClick To Tweet
What if my idea bombs?
It doesn’t matter. You acted on your idea, proved its viability or non-viability, now move to another one.
How about when you’re working on your big idea and other ideas start popping up? What do you do then? Do you drop the first and go with the second?
Jimmy D. Brown says you need to master one thing before you diversify. He suggests you ask yourself…
Will this new idea be used within the next 2-weeks? if not, just write it down in your brain dump journal. When your current project is complete then revisit it. (Productimity)
This does a few things:
- It allows you to record your idea
- It allows you to continue on with your current project
- You complete one project before you move on to another
- Many ideas are held hostage in your mind (James Greig)
- Those ideas want to be set free
- Inaction will never free your ideas
- Busy work tricks you into believing you’re setting your ideas free (or taking action)
- Action is the only thing that can free your ideas (Derek Sivers)
- Completion solidifies your action (a rarity)
- Use a brain dump journal to get your ideas on paper (Trent Hamm)
- Use a process like Brain Dump Friday’s to review and organize your ideas (see Trent Hamm’s post)
- Dedicate a day or two to act on your ideas in 30-minute increments (Trent Hamm)
- Live life in the first person (your favorite Korean Drama loving blogger) 😉
Sigh. Wow, that was a long read, wasn’t it?
What do you think about the idea of a brain dump? Will you try it? Do you ever act on the ideas that pop into your head?
I invite you to share your ideas on my Facebook community page, Waiting for Heaven. It’s about #inspiredaction now, not some day in the future. I also have a new project, Sara’s Letters. Inside each daily email, I share my thoughts on quotes, Bible passages, encouraging words, and inspired action.