Updated: Feb 5, 2020
Do you struggle to find the motivation or energy to get your ideas out into the world? There is nothing more frustrating than being full of inspiration but being too drained to fulfil the inspiration. I am a maker at heart and used to be the queen of half-finished projects! However there is nothing quite as gratifying as seeing your idea actualised into form, whether that be a physical product, digital product or service. Let's look at how you can get into momentum!
Why we get stuck in business
For a long time when I first wanted to start a business, I would procrastinate so much! I would get overwhelmed by sucking up piles of information, and then wonder why I wasn’t getting anywhere.
Even though I was putting in the hours, they weren’t the right tasks. So, I didn’t need to worry about getting actual results (subconscious *pheeeew*).
Not seeing progress in your business is a - subconscious - choice!
I realise now that this was self-sabotage! We love to make excuses to stay safe, us humans. I want to help you to move out of that frustrating stage where you want to move forward but you’re sabotaging yourself. Getting your ideas out is really good for your confidence, and making sales is the ultimate confirmation that you’re doing something valuable for others!
Get clear on your plan!
Whenever I feel myself losing focus, and wasting time with ‘learning’ activities, I stop and return to a plan. Every week I set up a plan that is adapted to my calendar, that feels good to follow through on! Here is a process for planning goals that will actually get done:
Get really cut throat with what projects you’ve signed up to. Here, I don’t just mean work projects but home projects too. Write out all the things you're working on and that you’ve meant to work on for the last few months. Get it all out on paper and see how many projects you’re chastising yourself for not doing!
From the list of projects, pick your top ONE project that you want to commit to. Your list can be returned to at a later date, but it’s better to focus on one project, get it done for the growth rather than try and do 5 and get nowhere. Íf you’re stuck between two, ask yourself which project will give you the most impact in five years time?
Take out your calendar and try to a lot three sessions of two hours in your calendar a week that you can focus on your project. This is really the minimum amount of time needed to get any traction with your idea. Try to use time slots that fit to your daily rhythm, such as in the morning before work if you’re a morning person.
“What is worth doing, even if I fail?” - Brené Brown
Remind yourself of the plan by making it visible
Realising ideas is a skill, it can be improved! It takes a bit of time to plan around your available time and energy. It’s about being realistic. When you start to get the balance of having ideas and following through on those ideas, we start to see the manifestation everyone is talking about! This means that we’re fulfilling our purpose here in our short time on earth. YES! It also means that we start to receive the returns that the universe wants us to have!
Get your ideas out into the world by getting ruthless with your prioritising. Every month focus on which goal you’re working towards on ONE project. Write out the project’s name somewhere you can see it every day - mine is on my fridge. It will mean that you’re forced to calibrate whether you’re acting in line with your goal or if you’ve steered off track! When you have a new idea, add it to a spreadsheet and then leave it alone. If it is meant to be, it will show up again.
Lucia is a Business Coach who helps women to master an entrepreneurial mindset and set up their own businesses. Her background is in user experience consulting and now helps women to create an online business so that they can get regular pay checks doing what they love.