How To Turn Your Idea Or Moment Of Inspiration Into Reality

By Dorcas Karuana,

Ever found yourself in this situation?  “You are sitting on the bus or you are standing in shower. Suddenly a great or very useful idea plops into your head.  You are pleased with yourself and excited about the idea. But then the days go by. A month goes by. And nothing has happened with your idea or moment of inspiration. Life just continues as usual.”

We have at one time found ourselves in such situations and the upside of it is that that one great idea you have maybe the turning point of your life or it may open you up to a whole range of opportunities.

“You can’t cross a sea by merely staring into the water.” This is what my mentor told me when I sought advice on venturing into a business. I needed a loan and didn’t know if it the business will pick or not.

He further told me that, “oftentimes success happens when you just lean on it- when you make yourself open to opportunities and are willing to do what it takes to pursue it further- without a contract, without a promise of success, and without any expectation whatsoever. You just start, You lean onto it. You see what it feels like. And you find out if you want to start going- instead of sitting on the sidelines deliberating, reflecting and contemplating.”

What can you do to make it a whole lot more likely that you will turn your idea or moment of inspiration into something real? From an online research, here are some of the things I came up with.

1. Write it down – First, awesome ideas often get lost because they tend to not stay in your mind for long. Something else comes along and after just a few minutes that great thought may be floating away on the wind. So you need to capture it before that. You need to write it down.

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Choose a way to capture your ideas, either using a paper and a pen or even your computer, i-pad  But has to be something you can use quickly after your idea has popped into your head, so a small and portable object that you carry around with you every day works the best.

2. Keep it simple – It can be inspiring to build on your idea and make it bigger, grander.  This feels good and like a huge leap forward. But the hugeness of it all can become a big problem when are about to take action on all of this. You start to feel paralyzed and overwhelmed because doing all of this isn’t the same thing as dreaming about doing all of it. To be able to get started and get some practical results start doing small bits by bits and you will achieve the bigger goal.

3. Get the ball rolling today – Ideas turn into plans for someday because we don’t take action and make them into a little piece of our reality today. So instead of keeping on dreaming for the rest of the day take one small action to get the ball rolling and make your thought into something real.

4. Go for good enough – After you have gotten ball rolling, after you have continued to take action and you are coming close to getting it done, remember to  go for good enough. Try not to get stuck in trying to polish your creation until it is just perfect, as this can make you don’t ever get it done.

Don’t give up or  let go of what you have created. To tell yourself that it is done – for now at least, maybe you’ll come back to it later on in the future – and to release it into the world and have other see it and react to it.

So “Whatever you do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius and power and magic in it.” Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

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