As an innovative thinker I didn’t always know what to do with my thoughts. In the beginning I would share them with anyone willing to listen but I found that the majority of them didn’t think to the extent that I did so I was bombarded with comments of “dreams too big” and a ton of eye rolling. I quickly had to learn that my goals for myself were probably bigger than most and that was okay.
The biggest and most important challenge of making a vision a reality is to ASSESS YOUR OWN REALITY! Ask yourself these key questions and write the answers down!
1. Is your idea unique?
2. Does it make sense?
3. Would you support it if it wasn’t your idea?
4. What is your life status? Will moving forward affect anyone besides you?
5. Can you afford an additional expense to execute this idea?
These questions are not designed to discourage you but more so to get you thinking. Any great idea takes sacrifice, dedication and financing, let’s not forget financing!
If you have a family, fueling your idea may not come as quickly as others with less responsibility but that is ok. There is no time schedule on greatness. Plan accordingly so you make the right moves. Discussing your visions with your spouse will give you the added fuel to your fire and a ready-made support team!
Don't just share your thoughts with anyone in the early phases. People with no passion for what you want to do can easily slow you down and derail your vision. You can't expect a world of support and belief without laying some foundation first. People support action! Select your core team wisely. These are people who buy into your thoughts early. They won't always be YES-MEN and that's exactly who you need to send you back to the drawing board! Look out for the right talent and skill coupled with drive, passion, persistence and the ability to solve problems. Things change rapidly in a startup, therefore you and anyone around you will need to BE FLUID AND FLEXIBLE enough to handle the ever changing dynamics of a new startup.
VISUALIZATION IS IMPORTANT. What does success look like for you? With Pinterest, Instagram and Tumblr at your fingertips, it is easy to visually assess what you like and don’t like. Research is important to help you see what is out there and what the market is lacking. You can’t expect your idea to take off without knowing what will set you apart from your competition.
As you continue to build your idea into a tangible business, remember PERFECTION IS A FALLACY. Nothing in the world is perfect and it won’t start out anything close to it. In the world of social media, everything looks like perfection but think about the fact that images are what people WANT you to see. Focus on your lane and fulfilling your idea. The bumps and bruises of small losses only build your handbook of do's and don'ts.
Lastly, but most important... you have done your homework and researched your idea through, MAKE AN ACTION PLAN AND A TIMELINE to keep you on target. If you get stuck on action planning, look into our “Building With Byan” program that can tactically transform your idea into a reality.
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