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Get That Idea From Your Brain into Action

January 10, 2014

Daily Read- Get That Idea From Your Brain into Action

Entrepreneurs are individuals who are creative, intelligent, and willing to take financial risk. But what separates successful entrepreneurs from struggling entrepreneurs is the willingness to take emotional risk. Two small words, what if, will launch a series of doubts and fears, keeping even the most genius ideas at bay. What if they laugh at me? What if I fail? What if I succeed? It seems that our mind holds our greatest ideas hostage because of people’s criticism. But you can fool them and step up your entrepreneurial game with these simple steps.

1. Flip that thought. In a roundabout way inaction keeps us emotionally safe. Foucssing on the flip-side of any negative thought that stops you in your tracks will actually “fool” your brain into a relaxed confidence and help to get things into perspective.

2. Create a plan and chunk it down. Odds are that you don’t have a detailed plan. To say, “I’m going to work on my website” doesn’t cut it. Make a list of detailed tasks and assign those tasks to your calendar. This will decrease your tendency to procrastinate and give you the focus that’s necessary to complete them.

3. Act fast. The longer your idea stagnates in your mind, the less likely you are to act upon it. Remember: you are not going to make any mistakes that you won’t learn from. Mistakes are OK! Don’t fool yourself into believing that the perfect moment and the perfect plan will come.

4. Tell your tribe. Fear is not necessarily a bad thing; use it to your advantage. Share your idea, and what you plan to do about it, with a few close friends and peers. Now that you’re committed! Take it a step further by asking for their support.

5. Celebrate. Failure is only a lack of trying, not an attempt that goes wrong. You can always re-work your plan, but you can’t buy back your lost time, so each step is a victory. At the end of the week take a look at your task list and note all of the items that are crossed out. You did it. Share the news; then reward yourself!

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