Ever had that experience when you have a spine tingling idea or decide to make a change in your life which gets the hairs on the back of your neck standing up?
You feel all inspired, fired up and full of excitement. It’s a great feeling, right?
But then things start to change…
You start to imagine all the things you need to do to get your idea off the ground or to implement the change you want and the list seems endless.
That little voice in your head starts to talk you down by convincing you that “You don’t have time” or “You don’t have the money” or the classic “You don’t have enough know how’
Very quickly you find yourself experiencing overwhelm and that once brilliant idea soon ends up filed away in the memory banks never to be spoken of again.
Any of this sound familiar?
I’ll be honest, overwhelm has got the better of me on a number of occasions too. I’ve got books full of ‘million dollar ideas’ which never made it past the starting line.
How do you get out of this feeling of overwhelm so you can start making progress on these ideas?
Here are 3 quick mindset hacks to help you to get out of ideas overwhelm and into progress fast.
1. It’s better to start at the top of the mountain.
Which is easier ? Looking down from the top of a mountain and asking “How did I get here?” or looking up the distant summit and asking “How will get there?”
It’s the first one, right?
It’s easier to trace your steps back to where you started from than to plot your course forward. In your mind, create a vivid picture of you having successfully put your idea into place and then ask yourself “What actions did I take to get me here?”
2. You don’t have to get it right first time.
When you have a new idea it’s unrealistic to think you will get everything right at the first time of asking. That kind of pressure will only serve to paralyse your progress, instead think about your idea as an iterative process. Develop a concept first and then test it out. With each test take the learnings and refine what you have until your idea feels like it is working the way want.
3. It’s not always about big steps, it’s about knowing the right steps.
You often hear speakers and coaches say you have to take massive action. I get the sentiment and I even use the phrase myself but the quality of action is also important. Look for someone who has successfully done what you want to do and check out what steps they took, then use it as a template to build your approach on.
Applying these changes to your mindset will help you to keep our early enthusiasm and develop a way forward meaning that more of your ideas will see the light of day!