We’ve all had great ideas that we never acted upon. We get caught up. Life happens. What might have been? What could still be?
What if you set a must complete by date for it? (I don’t like “deadlines.” Who wants to die?) Then work out what you have to do everyday in order to get it done by that date?
My friend, Mike Montague, had an outline for a book about how to really make LinkedIn work for you – not just how to set up your profile and endorse people.
His employer was concerned LinkedIn might not want him to use its name on the cover of the book.
Good News: LinkedIn said it was looking for someone to write exactly what Mike was working on. The company gave permission for its name and logo to be used. The book was a go.
Bad News: Mike’s company and LinkedIn wanted the book done in six weeks. Mike hadn’t actually started writing the book. He had only written the outline.
More Bad News: If Mike didn’t get it done in six weeks, he would not look good. It would hurt his credibility and his career.
Good News: The must complete date was now set for him – six weeks. The fear of not getting it done was a huge motivation for Mike to get crackin’!
Why wait for life to create a must complete date for your next great idea?
Why not set up POSITIVE pressure on yourself by setting your own date? Why not focus on all the positives that will come with it and all the positive feelings and enjoyment you will get from the moment you start the process of achieving your goal?
Action steps – The next time you get an idea:
1) Take action immediately to get it started.
2) Set a must complete by date.
3) Set up what you must do everyday in order to meet that date.
4) When you win, pop open a Doritos bag, a cold one and celebrate! (Maybe the Doritos thing is just for me. Sorry.)
Questions for comments: What great idea have you failed to act upon? Why not do it now? When did you use positive pressure on yourself to meet a goal? How did it work?