Have you ever had a really big project idea that you thought would be totally kick ass amazing if you could pull it off but at the same time it’s absolutely terrifying because it could easily flop or you have no idea where to start? What am I saying, of course you have! For some people this happens all the time and others everyone once in a while but why is it a universal thing to think of an idea that we are really excited about but never see it through because of fear?
Lately I’ve had this passion project idea for something that could be really awesome and relatable but it’s totally outside my comfort zone and even in an area that I would say is one of my weaker skills but I can’t stop thinking about it…. I’ve decided that since it keeps popping into my head as something that could be really great if I put the time into it that I might as well start. Then I can say I started, tried, and gave it my best effort rather than never doing anything about it. I’m going to share with you my tips, or well at least how I’m approaching, this dreamy but scary idea.
- Heavily brainstorm: I love brainstorming, if I could make a freelance job out of brainstorming off of other people’s ideas to help them think of a new twist, man I would love that. My favorite method is the web, where you write vague words and branch off into detailed steps. Make sure you brainstorm this idea so you have plenty of ideas on directions you can take or places to start, this will give you the option to really dive deep into this dreamy idea to see if it’s something you truly like or can see yourself doing.
- Create a plan: Now take that brainstorm and make a plan. How are all these ideas going to add up and what needs to happen?
- Break up the plan into really small easy tasks: plain and simple, take that big plan that seems like, “um how am I going to pull this off?” and turn it into smaller steps in order for you to not only celebrate the small victories but it will help you to avoid pulling your hair out when stressing over how to make this happen.
- Tell a few close friends about it: get a few trusted opinions on the idea. Ask people who know you or have industry experience in order to see if they think it’s a good idea or fit. If not you can still do it anyways, but having that extra support and push from trusted people really will get you excited to start. Plus they will be excited about it to!
- Then go for it!
Now this might not seem like rocket science, I’m sure your going, “yeah Allie I could have told you do to that and encouraged you.” but that’s exactly the point. We are always encouraging others to go after something or reach for their dreams but when it comes to ourselves sometimes we let fear take control or are blind to the simple answers right in front of us that we give to others. Not everyone falls victim to this but from what I’ve heard and my own personal experience it does happen from time to time. It’s time to put aside the “what if it totally sucks” thoughts aside and start being our own cheerleader and our own support system. I know how to brainstorm, I know how to break up a big plan into small tasks, so why don’t I start? Well that’s going to change as of now! Who’s with me?