Updated: Apr 24, 2020
Are you an Idea Junkie? Meaning you always have a ton of great ideas and you never know which one to begin first? Well continue reading, we have a great resource for you.
A very simple guide for the Indecisive and/or Idea Junkie
I’ve spent most of my life trying to figure out what I should do with it. I often questioned my purpose and how I should serve the greater good of humanity. These questions took me on an emotional merry-go-round that showed very few signs of stopping. Being a Creative also didn’t aid in my journey… I think Jeff Goins penned it best when giving his definition of a creative, “A creative is an artist. Not just a painter or musician or writer. They are people who see the world a little differently than others. A creative is an individual. They are unique and don't quite fit into any box. Some think of creatives as iconoclasts; others see them as rebels. A creative is a thought leader. They influence people not necessarily through personality but through innate gifts and talents.”
I was easily inspired by everything. Any wind would send me on this fast-paced - exhilarating ride on a short trip to nowhere. Here is an abbreviated example of how ideas came and went for me:
Every five minutes, I was inundated with brilliant ideas (I’m exaggerating a bit about the five minutes part, but you get the point.)
Pick an idea to target by using the very calculated method of eeny meeny miny moe or a coin toss…
Tell EVERYBODY about my new brilliant idea.
People’s reaction - Oh boy, there she goes again…
Then I would research everything I can about this idea for 1-5 days or less...
Implement the idea for a week - a month or less…
Stop pursuing the current idea and move on to the next, more brilliant idea.
So needless to say, I may have taken a little longer than others to arrive at some solid conclusions. about my life, but it was well worth all the trips.
What Got Me Off the Merry-Go-Round?
Being hyper-focused on uncovering my purpose caused me to inadvertently neglect my passions. Howard Thurman has this powerful quote that says, “Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive and then go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”
I am a firm believer that your purpose is what serves the greater good of humanity and your passion is what fuels you. If you activate your passion by engaging in self-discovery, you will be energized and enlightened to fulfill your purpose.
So what got me off the Merry-Go-Round? I stopped asking, “What is my purpose?” and I started asking, “Who Am I?”
Should I Do It?
Step 1. The very first step in identifying which idea to tackle first begins with understanding you. If you haven’t invested the necessary time to understand who you are, what you want, need and desire, then you will find yourself on a never-ending merry-go-round.
Step 2. After you’ve done the work and have come to terms with who you are, you have to continue the journey and begin to narrow your focus. Narrowing your focus requires research. Most people spend so much time trying to arrive at step 1 that when they get there, they skip over steps 2 and 3 and prematurely beginning working on Step 1. This practice is what sometimes causes people to give up on their passions, goals and ambitions. I don’t want this to happen to you. So I’ve provided an example below to further explain:
After Step 1. I realized I want to become a doctor. Great! However, that profession is very broad because there are over 30 different types of doctors. Here are a few: Audiologist, Allergist, Cardiologist, Dentist, Dermatologist, Endocrinologist, Psychiatrist, etc. Most professions have several specialties, this is why narrowing your focus is an extremely import part of the Should I Do It process. If your focus is targeted, categorizing your ideas will be a lot easier.
Step 3. The last step is to be honest about your desired outcome. Using the doctor scenario, someone may say I want to be a doctor because I want to help people; when in actuality, they really want the money and respect associated with that profession. There is nothing wrong with desiring money and respect. Being honest with yourself about your desired outcome will significantly impact how you prioritize your focus.
SHOULD I DO IT CALCULATOR
I created a calculator that serves as a buffer for all of my ideas using the very simple yet powerful steps above. This calculator works best when steps 1-3 are followed.
Staying consistent with the doctor scenario, I’ve created a persona below for you to use as a sample to familiarize yourself with the calculator.
Step 1 (know and understand me): I want to be a doctor.
Step 2 (narrow my focus): I want to be a doctor that helps people overcome mental challenges, but I don’t want to give them medicine. I want to become a psychologist.
Step 3 (desired outcome): I want to help people but I also want to make a decent living and be world renowned in my profession.
How do the points work?
The higher the points the higher they should be on your idea priority level.
10-12 Points - Are ideas on the top of the list.
6-9 Points - These ideas are secondary or tertiary (you can move forward with these ideas if you don’t have any ideas that are in the double digits.) Move on the double-digit ideas first.
5 and below - Ideas you should probably not waste your time on. Not saying they aren’t brilliant ideas, they are probably not aligned with your purpose or don’t produce your desired outcome.
Using a separate sheet of paper, create your own chart using sample chart and steps below:
Step 1 (List what you want under the Idea section) -
Step 2 (Narrowed Focus) -
Step 3 (Desired Outcome) -
Again, this is a simple guide that I use that has been extremely helpful for me. I hope you will find it equally as helpful to you. Again if you need more help with organizing your ideas, time management and accountability to your goals click here to schedule your free consultation with Stream Builders and we will be happy to help you stay on track with your goals!
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