Have you ever had the perfect idea? What did you do with it? Did it change the world? Did it make you super successful in every meaning of the word? Or, did something else happen?
Last night I had a dream. I came up with a perfect idea. I have a strategy to save these ideas. I keep my phone right next to my bed. When I have an idea in the middle of the night, I record it into my phone. The problem is that when I listen to it in the morning it often sounds like, “Don’t forget to oxenfrter the blktmite and grnxl prkngrp.”
This time it was even worse. I couldn’t wake myself up enough to make the audio note. Instead, I told myself in my dream/wake state to remember this perfect idea…
And I forgot it.
So I can’t act on it.
So it wasn’t a perfect idea.
What perfect ideas have you gotten that you’ve never acted on? No matter how great they were, they are worth precisely nothing because you didn’t act on them.
It’s not too late. If you had a perfect idea – act on it today. The next time you have a perfect idea, or even just a good one:
- Write it down (legibly) so you remember it.
- Brainstorm ways to implement it and break your ultimate goal down into achievable mini-goals.
- Take some form of action – no matter how small – right away!
- Take consistent, daily action every day. Make it a ritual.
- Don’t stop until your idea is realized.
That’s the only time ideas actually count.
Now excuse me while I try to translate my midnight brilliance from my smart phone. (This isn’t going to end well.)
“Good ideas are common – what’s uncommon are people who’ll work hard enough to bring them about.” – Ashleigh Brilliant
Questions for comments: What great idea have you not acted on that you could start acting on today?
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