Big plans require big action. It’s far too easy to confuse our curiosity about a brilliant idea and our commitment to a brilliant idea! The better the idea, the more we want to see it come to fruition. We can fall in love with a new concept, yet we rarely fall in love with the effort necessary to bring a concept into reality.
Quite a bit of effort might go into validating whether or not a brilliant idea is worth executing. We must be realistic about the energy and resources required. Are you willing to do research, interview experts, conduct a survey, write a business plan, or establish a test market? If not, then you may be surprised by the amount of labor, cost, and time needed to do a good job!
Let’s assume the investigation into your brilliant idea yielded justification to transition you from curious to committed, here’s what else you need to know:
- Partial Effort = Partial Results: Those who put in an “honest” effort… Wait, I mean, those who “honestly” don’t make excuses, get results. Relaxing expectations or justifying smaller goals is a very slippery slope. If you find yourself negotiating daily targets or allow typical disappointments (like 15 phone calls going to voicemail) to change your focus, you will also find yourself with a lackluster outcome.
- Accountability = Sacrifice: Being accountable to our new commitment will require sacrifice. I know, bummer, right? If it were easy, it would already be done. Even simple sacrifices, like staying behind to finish an employee’s review while everyone else plays golf, demonstrates our accountability. It is about taking ownership and responsibility– especially when it isn’t fun!
- What’s Next? = What’s Next!: “Right now, what is the most importation action you could take toward your goal?” Face it; even if you don’t have a project plan, you probably know the answer. You may follow-up with, “But, if I take that next step, I am afraid that _____.” Whoa! Doing what is next is not about your fear; it is simply your next action item. Sometimes we get to do things: SCARED!
The level of success we experience is directly proportionate to the level of our commitment. If we are really bold enough to move from simple curiosity to a full commitment, we are making that decision over and over. Recommitment is made, perhaps with a bit of fear and certainly after every disappointment, every delay, AND every win! Or, you won’t get results, and all you really have is just a brilliant idea.
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|ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Michelle Sugerman, an Executive Business Consultant with Leading Synergies, helps high-performing executives refine strategy, inspire teams, and delight clients (specializing in information technology, project management, consulting, and franchise management). She also leads Synergy Groups, weekly 55-minute case study conference calls for REALLY BUSY Christians in leadership. Michelle lives in Colorado where she hikes fourteeners and enjoys gourmet meals with her loving husband of 20 years.|