At some point in your life you've probably heard it said that ideas are a dime a dozen. As you know ideas are simply thoughts, even if written down, until you decide to actually give them your attention and put them into action. As follows then, knowing precisely how to take the initial idea to a full-fledged reality is the key to being successful.
We've been fortunate enough to create abundance in our lives, from nothing, actually less than nothing. Between us we were working several jobs, we had to claim benefits from the government because we couldn't make enough to feed our family, and we desperately needed a change to happen - and it did - but it wasn't luck, a coincidence or fate - it was a clear and conscious decision to work with the universe to create a better life for ourselves and those around us.
We did it, and you can too. Here are some steps you can take to make it happen.
It all starts with knowing what you really want... Before an idea can be implemented, it needs to be fully developed and this is why all aspects of it need to be evaluated carefully for possible improvements that could potentially increase its value and uniqueness, and let's not forget how bouncing your idea off someone else can sometimes revolutionize your thinking - we did this as a couple, but you can do this with a friend, family member or expert in your chosen field. So, at this stage it can be great to consult with other knowledgeable people who will be able to see it from different angles and provide more insight, enabling you to refine your idea, thereby eliminating problems or weak features far more efficiently that you may otherwise be able to do alone.
Knowing what you want to do and then being able to take it from start to finish usually takes considerable planning (although we've still managed to get by in the earlier days without much of a plan, planning is always better). In an ideal scenario for any more complex ideas, you may want to put together a highly skilled team that can help guide the planning process as you go, so you can work through each stage of development systematically. These people can be mentors, investors, successful business people, friends, and others. Each step needs to be discussed thoroughly and understood very well. Obviously, there shouldn't be any blanks or unclear areas in the planning process to complete any of the development stages. Furthermore, to eliminate wasteful or unnecessary steps, it may be very helpful indeed to consult with an expert who has massive authority in their field, so you can double time your rate of completion and more accurately gauge your operational investment as you're bringing your idea into reality.
If considerable money is needed for the implementation of the idea, a professional business plan needs to be developed. A business plan forces the idea creator to better understand the market, the competition, and the finances involved. It also helps to get a better understanding of what's involved from the lender’s point of view, too. Of course, the best avenues to acquire the necessary funds should generally be put forward based on the amount needed to get underway.
At some point, you've simply got to 'step up to the plate' and go for it - TAKE SOME ACTION! Dare to commit yourself to making it happen. Don't allow yourself to look back or reconsider, but be sure to understand what risks are involved beforehand. When turning ideas into reality, some risk will always be involved, but these have been minimized by thorough planning. In order to ensure your venture is continuously encouraged to move forward, you must do everything you can you put very positive people on your team who will support you every step of the way.
Many people who are successful today have experienced failure at some point in their lives, often numerous times. Failure on any scale should never stop you completely though. Instead, learn from each and every one of your failures, and move on as soon as possible. New ideas and challenges are waiting to be implemented, and there are people of like mind who will join you – especially if the idea is a great one. Be sure to recognize and praise others who are on the same journey as you, as their inspired sense of direction can easily help you when you're not at your best and may be feeling less than certain about how to proceed.
In nearly any worthwhile venture, there will always be at least a few (in our case several!) unexpected obstacles. They may come from anywhere, at any time. We have learned to have the expectation that everything will run smoothly, but if something unexpected does come up don't let it stop you and of course never get discouraged under any circumstances. Let each obstacle that appears in your path help develop your character, work around it however necessary, and always strive to feel within yourself an exuberant sense of optimism in everything you do.
Remember, success does come easily for some people and it can come quickly too. What's most important is that you hold a clear vision of where you want to go, and you keep on moving forward because you know you'll get there, as long as you keep going. Each step forward is one step closer to reaching your goal. After all, you're not the first person to have hurdles to overcome, nor will you be the last. All successful people before you were only successful because they also kept moving forward, so keep moving in the right direction - you'll be glad you did!
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