When you're trying to sell an idea, you have as easy time of it, it seems, compared to trying to get it done. Why is that? Probably because you have way more ideas than you can ever hope to get done, and coming up with them, pitching them, is kind of fun.
Most overwhelm sets in when you're trying to get an idea done.
It may come from going from conceptualization to realization in one linear swoop, needing to enroll the rest of the people who will be working alongside you to make the idea happen, and generally marshaling resources within forecast time frames.
The complications that thus arise -- timing is off because something you did not anticipate happens, the new partner you hoped to bring on board is taking a few extra days to respond, your team is not aligning behind the project -- may be the symptoms that you need to re-evaluate your idea.Break it down
- What does your idea come down to? What are the parts? How do they fit back together in a new combination?
- Do you need more information before you start chipping away at execution? How much more do you really need? How can you gather information in a way that funnels it into your project without distracting you?
- Does the idea need further vetting, or does your motivation need further scrutiny?
- What are stages of done? Can you break them down to be small enough to withstand the non linear nature of dependence on external factors and not too much as to get lost in needless tasks?
Is this why we call it adding our 0.2 cents?
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