This special post is for all you that seem to be weighed down and drowning in a sea of ideas, better known as Idea Overload.
I could start this off by telling you how many days and nights I spent in a total state of Idea Overload, how I’ve been in your shoes, or even that “I feel your pain”.
However, what you really need to hear is exactly how my story unfolded.
If you are really interested in changing the way you handle business; I must suggest that you sit up, pay attention, and take notes.
During 2003, I decided to test my skills in the marketing world on a part-time basis. After this humble beginning, I moved into marketing full-time in 2005. Early in my first year of marketing full-time, a realization set in: I was spinning my wheels and already needed new tires. How did I come to this realization? I had to have my life put into perspective by a motivational speaker.
Mike Litman is a very popular motivational speaker based on one very simple motto, which hit me hard when I first heard it.
The One Quote That Hit Me…
Mike emphasizes, “You don’t have to get it right, you just have to get it going”. Now, if you’re not familiar with Mike Litman, take a look through his website, www.mikelitman.com. This one small quote changed my life and I do not mind giving him credit for it. While Mike might not be the creator of this statement, or if he obtained this wisdom from someone else, I am very glad he uses it frequently. I also heard this from Marlon Sanders.
It made perfect sense to me that there was a reason for my problems. I could not seem to get anything done and I had not even been able to earn my first dollar in the marketing world. After obtaining more information from Mike Litman and many other informative websites, I realized that I had too many ideas and information stored in my head. All of these ideas were becoming stagnant because I could not put them into action.
I discovered that I could not get my ideas into action because I was a perfectionist. Yes, this sounds a little crazy because a perfectionist would be determined to have all plans working in proper order immediately.
I could not even get mine started because I did not know how to make these ideas run smoothly in the beginning. In my mind, it was better to keep the idea hidden instead of starting a project that might fail.
I consistently held dozens of ideas in my head waiting for the enlightening moment when I realized exactly how I could make the project go through perfectly. You will never believe this, but those ideas NEVER BECAME PERFECT. Always remember that no idea starts out perfect and there is always room for improvement.
This one quote, “You don’t have to get it right, you just have to get it going”, gave me the ability to change this part of my personality. I changed the way I approached things with my business and the way I made decisions for my business.
I started by asking myself the following three questions:
1. What is the easiest project to complete?
2. What is the fastest project to complete?
3. Which project will lead to my ultimate goal?
Your ultimate goal could be to buy your first home, make $100,000, go for a holiday to Fiji or whatever.
At the time, my ultimate goal was to make at least $100,000 online. My first sale was only a measly $5, but I could be proud that I had successfully taken a project from start to finish. I had also given a customer more than a product; I had created VALUE in my product and now understood that VALUE SELLS.
I still remember the day of the first sale when I was jumping in the air shouting “Yes!!” My family heard this and thought I was crazy getting excited over $5. I am positive my neighbors heard and thought I was crazy too. Maybe I was crazy and maybe I still am, but I now understand how to get my ideas into action and I want to help you understand too.
Did this bring me closer to my ultimate goal of $100,000 online? Sure it did. Before you make your first $100, you have to first make your first dollar.
Evaluate yourself and decide which of these two choices you would take:
1. Start a large project that you think MAY result in a large monetary gain.
2. Start a minor project that you think will be faster and easier to accomplish, but will only result in a minor monetary gain.
After hearing the quote of my life, I would choose the second option. The second option would allow me to get started quickly, have early success, build tremendous momentum and keep my self-esteem high. This would also allow me to follow the advice of another well-known writer of self-help books, Mr. Anthony Robbins. Anthony Robbins mentioned the power of “Chunking” in one of his earlier books, called “Notes From A Friend”.
“The most successful people are those who understand the power of ‘chunking’, who don’t bite off more than they can chew at one time. In other words, they break a goal down into bite-sized pieces, achievable ‘sub-goals’ that lead toward the ultimate success they desire. But it’s not enough just to set sub-goals; you have to celebrate the achievement of each small step. This will help you build momentum and develop habits that will gradually turn your dreams into reality.”
- Anthony Robbins
Chunking is a perfect example of getting the small projects going and work your way towards your primary objective. The point that these speakers are making is that your ideas do not have to be perfect; you just have to get them going.
So what if your software has some bugs and crashes every now and then, ever hear of Windows ME? Yes, even Microsoft takes chances with projects that need to be pushed out quickly. Did this minor failure make Bill Gates stop putting out more software that is full of bugs? Of course it didn’t, Gates understands the philosophy of getting your ideas out and fixing the major problems as you go. And what’s even smarter is how Gates hands out “beta” versions to the public, for free, so they’ll find the bugs!
You don’t have to make everything perfect at the start. You can always optimize and tweak it once it’s out there. On the contrary, I’m not saying to create and put out “crap”.
I know that there may be some people who may not agree with my thinking, but this is what’s worked for me and I’m simply sharing my story.
The bottom line is, if you have a sea of ideas that you want to turn into something more, then:
“You don’t have to get it right; you just have to get it going”
Here are my:
Top 5 Tips on How To Get Things Done
1. Make a checklist of 10 things or tasks you want to complete for today, in order of priority. The task(s) you did not complete for today can be continued on the next day. So the next day you’d have another checklist of the 10 things you need to get done.
2. Ever heard of the quote “Do what you do best and outsource the rest”? That’s right. Focus on your strengths and get someone else to do the work you hate or weak at. If you’re on a shoe-string budget, why not do a barter? i.e. – commit to a quid pro quo. Bottom line is, don’t be the “one man band”.
3. Get yourself an “Idea book”. Go to your local stationary store and buy a cheap notepad where you can jot down your ideas. That way you don’t forget your ideas and you can refer back to it anytime.
4. Build relationships with other people in your market. I feared telling my business buddies about my latest ideas, because I thought that they’d “steal” my idea. Much to my surprise, that wasn’t so. Sharing your ideas amongst you fellow business associates, acquaintance or friends, will potentially allow you to brainstorm through your idea to give you suggestions, tips and pointers to enhance your idea. The truth of the matter is, they may know more about a certain area than you. So find and build relationships with other people in your market.
5. Get the right tools and work in an environment where you’re comfortable working in. If you’re sitting on a really uncomfortable seat, then it’ll be hard for you to work on the computer. Especially if you’re going to work at longer periods. Get the right tools and software to keep yourself working productively. Lock yourself if you have to get your work done. One crazy, but rewarding thing I did was book a hotel for three days to get an important task done. Do this if you have to.
I’d love to hear your thoughts and/or experiences. And yes, I do read every comment that’s posted on this blog.