It's not about ideas. It's about making ideas happen. - Scott Belsky, Founder, Behance
Making an idea happen... sometimes it's easier said than done, especially if you aren't an action oriented person. I am a "jump or be pushed" kinda girl, so I tend to take quick action, sometimes to my own detriment. Jeff, on the other hand, is more of an introverted thinker who plays everything out in his head before taking action. When he does take action, most of what he implements or creates works perfectly!
I will admit, sometimes I am jealous. Most times, however, I'm impatient and can't believe he is STILL in a space of thinking things through! He knows this, so I figured it was ok to share this tidbit with the world (or at least those of you reading this post!) He, on the other hand, has admitted to being impressed with most of the results I have achieved by just jumping in without looking first.
Often I hear or read the personal/professional gurus saying there needs to be a balance to both - action and planning. Once again, easier said than done. To me, balance is an excruciating activity that requires a lot of time and attention. Just when we think we have balance, something shifts and we have to counter-balance. And, for those of you in the corporate environment, you may see that employees who take initiative, take risk, and take action tend to be rewarded and recognized. Yes a good plan is often required, but those often wind up shifting, creeping, or being blown up within the first few weeks of adoption!
1) Life is a series of learning experiences. Try, experiment, and see what works and doesn't work when cultivating ideas. Don't focus on creating final products; re-frame your approach to consider each 'release' as a version...for example:
- Business Card Version 1.1
- Web Site Version 2
- Pilot Rollout of XYZ training program
- Shopping Cart Rollout Pilot
Earlier I said take on life "with the belief EVERYTHING we do is part of an Alpha, Beta, Pilot or Release/Version. I know I said 'everything'. I actually apply this principle to my gardening, to my cooking, to my designs, and even to my marriage and family. I gave up trying to be 'that perfect employee', 'that perfect mom', 'that perfect friend', or even 'that perfect wife'. Tomorrow's dinner will be an interesting version of a stir fry, or maybe not! Hopefully it will be enjoyed by all, if not, I can improvise and add or try to subtract something to create version 1.2 or, worst case scenario, order pizza! :) Perhaps I could just follow a recipe, which I may review one, however, part of the fun of cooking for me is to experiment and play with flavors.
Play with the flavors of your life. Take an idea and experiment with making it 'real'. Sketch out a logo design, start writing that book you have been dreaming about (even if it's just typing some titles of chapters or thoughts), or contact us and share an idea or dream you have for yourself, your business, your organization, or for any project that needs to be launched. We would love to co-create something fantastic with you!