I personally believe that a very high percentage of ideas all over the world never leaves the drawing board. An even higher percentage probably dies within 24 hours of being conceived. What a shame!
So how does one turn ideas into reality? I’ve outlined 5 simple steps that might help you.
1. WRITE IT DOWN
Ideas come to us in a vague form most of the time making them very easy to forget but there will be times when a brilliant idea comes and these are the ones that are worth spending time on. If you have such an idea then the first and foremost thing for you to do is to write it down. In my case, I usually just grab a pen and paper and write everything that comes to my head.
2. IMPROVE IT
After you’ve written it down, the next step is to improve it. The best way to do this is to create a mind map with the original idea as the core. From there, try to think of ways on how to make it better. Just add everything that comes in your mind to your list. It’s easy to remove things later.
Tip: It doesn’t have to be perfect. You can continue improving it as you go along.
3. MAKE AN ACTION PLAN
Now that you have your idea written down and improved, it’s time to make an action plan. How would you go about to turn this idea into reality? I usually ask myself these questions:
- What do I need to do to make this come true?
- What resources do I need?
- How much money will I have to spend?
- Who do I need to talk to?
- What’s my first step?
Write down the answers to each question and ask the same question again until you don’t have any answers left.
4. REVIEW AND ADJUST
Now it’s time to review your idea and your action plan. Do they jive? If not, then make adjustments to your action plan. Try not to make adjustments to the idea itself unless you really need to. The idea itself should remain intact therefore it’s the method of accomplishing it that must change.
You might need to brainstorm with other people who you think will share the principles of your idea.
5. ACT ON IT
Lastly, start acting on it. This step I think is the hardest part especially if the idea is new and out of this world but always keep in mind that the greatest minds have the weirdest ideas so go out and give your idea a try.
Surprise us world with your brilliant idea!