I feel you. I know what it’s like to have so many ideas floating around in your head. You don't know what to start next. Or maybe you want to implement them all!
You, my friend, are what they call a Visionary!
Visionary (n): A Visionary is a person who has lots of ideas, is a strategic thinker, always sees the big picture, has a pulse on your industry, connects the dots, and researches and develops new products and services. The Visionary typically is the founding entrepreneur, operates more on emotion, and has ADD (but not always). Visionaries are the creators of everything. (https://blog.eosworldwide.com/blog/38712/eos/visionary-part/)
The visionary is paramount to the success of your business, and has lots of ideas, but can be easily distracted by shiny objects. They can get stuck in analysis paralysis, unsure of what to do next, or of making the wrong decision.
If this is you, don’t fret! I’m also a Visionary, and through learning more about myself, I have implemented some key processes to keep myself on track and moving toward the bigger vision!
A useful tool when your brain feels like it might explode is to do a big brain dump. Basically, take a big sheet of paper, your journal, or a blank Word doc, and just start spilling everything floating around in there!
At this point, it could be business, or personal. To-dos, ideas, anything that’s been on your mind.
The brain likes to keep thinking about these things so you don’t forget them. But if you write them down, your brain knows they are recorded and can free up that brain space for something else.
Then organize things into categories as per the Getting Things Done process...
2. Getting Things Done
One book I read long ago that worked really well for me, was Getting Things Done by David Allen. The process outlined here takes the brain dump, as well as physical to-dos, emails, etc and organizes them in a way that frees up valuable brain space but knows that nothing will be forgotten about.
I definitely recommend reading it or looking into the process to see if it might work for you.
3. Long Term Goal Setting
Another important piece is knowing what your long term goals are, and then adhering to them and staying on track. If you have your 1-year plans set out, you are less likely to interfere and jump to the next shiny object you see.
I would suggest keeping your 1-year plan and then having a list of new ideas for the next year that you will come back to and look at later. As long as you have them recorded, you know you won’t forget about them, but you also won’t be constantly distracted.
Visit our How To Plan Your Best Year Ever post for more info on that process.
4. Making Decisions
If you’re stuck between 2 decisions, just know that it’s better to just choose 1 than it is to stay in indecision for any longer.
“Action creates clarity” - James Wedmore
No matter which option you choose, you will learn something. If it’s the ‘wrong’ decision at least you’ll know now and can switch gears to try the other option!
5. One Bridge At A Time
Another big thing I’ve learned this year is to build one bridge at a time.
Say you’re trying to get to $50k in sales/revenue this year. If you start building a website, reaching out for wholesale, building gift baskets, learning all about FB ads, and make 10 brand new recipes all at one time, you’re doing it wrong.
You’ll be spread too thin that nothing will get done on anything. Plus, there is brainpower wasted when you’re switching between things.
It’s much more efficient and easy to pick one thing, take it to completion, automate it, and then move onto the next thing!
For example, you could spend a couple of hours getting your website completed before you start reaching out for new wholesale accounts. Then, once you have a streamlined process for approaching new wholesale accounts and bringing them on board, move onto learning about FB ads.
6. Stay in Your Lane
And finally, I would just like to give you permission to stay in your own lane. Yes, there are lots of people out there doing things you want to do, or that are further ahead of you. But the only thing you need to focus on is being better than you were yesterday.
Other people may have more time, more staff, more experience.
Don’t worry about what everyone else is doing or what they think about you. You have your own business, customers, goals, and targets. So, just keep focused on them and you’ll get to where you’re going!
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