What To Do With Your Next Great Idea

And what NOT to do with it.

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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.”

Awesome.

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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 – take action right away! That’s the only time ideas actually count.

You don’t have to know how to get from A to Z on your idea. Don’t let that stop you from taking action. What is ONE thing you can do to get started on your idea today? Do it now! Once you take action, your idea takes on a life of its own. Now you can cultivate it and grow it. Take some kind of action on it every day until you decide if it’s an idea worth pursuing.

Now excuse me while I try to translate my midnight brilliance from my smart phone. (This isn’t going to end well – maybe something like an idea for brussel sprout ice cream. I’ll keep you posted.)

Questions for comments: What great idea have you not acted on that you could start acting on today?

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