It feels like January in the air, just with a dash of heat and fireworks.
Kind of like a blank slate to start fresh and make your ideas happen? A great time to implement some new strategies and routines into your business.
I’ve been in full-on planning mode for the last few weeks. I also made a few pretty huge money commitments.
One of them being Infusionsoft. I just signed up for Infusionsoft last week, so for the next couple of weeks, that’s where my computer screen will be at. When you’re dropping that amount of cash on a piece of software, you best believe that I’m getting my money’s worth.
I’m going to do a summary of Infusionsoft once I get a bit more comfortable with it, too, for those of you on the fence of taking the leap and signing up.
Anyways, back to July feeling like January.
For many of you, this is going to be a great time to rethink your upcoming projects and put solid plans into place. That means getting real with yourself on what you can and can not focus on over the next 6 months. Even though I’d like to think of myself as superwoman and be able to accomplish 10 projects at once, the reality is, I’m not (fooled you, I know).
Like many of you know, ast week I launched my new eBook, PowerPlay. Throughout the process of creating this book, I’ve learned a few things when it comes to actually making your ideas come to life.
Drum roll, please.
#1 You shouldn’t work on too many projects at once
#2 You need to create some form of accountability for your ideas
#3 You have to attach deadlines and goals to your ideas
These may seem obvious, but if you’ve ever felt like you haven’t been able to make your ideas come to life, chances are you were missing at least one of these important steps.
Let’s dive in, shall we?
1. Don’t work on too many projects at once
I suffer from shiny object syndrome, as you learned in this post, which means that when I get new ideas I want to start implementing them right away. Although this can sometimes be a blessing, it’s mostly a curse, because what happens is… NOTHING HAPPENS.
I get the new idea and then the project I was supposed to be focusing on gets pushed to the back burner. That’s how it used to be.
Now (since I’ve been working to change this habit), I jot down these “lightbulb” ideas into my Moleskin notebook and revisit that notebook at the beginning of each month as I review my Monthly Action Calendar. I use my Monthly Action Calendar to keep track of 1) my top priorities for each month, 2) what’s launching, 3) what I’m creating, and 4) what my goals are.
I’ve also started using the Manifest Method to create a more long-term vision plan, something I’ve struggled with in the past. It was easier this time around, though, as I get more and more comfortable with what I’m working towards.
When you’re first starting to really make your ideas happen… ideas that are totally out of your comfort zone, choose one to focus on. Once that one project is finished, launched or whatever, then move onto the next one.
Marie Forleo also talks about the importance of choosing one project to work on at a time in this post.
2. Create accountability
I can’t stress how important it is to let other people in on your idea. Not only does it allow you to get necessary feedback, but it holds you responsible for following through.
Back in November 2013 when I created PowerPlay, I invited people to follow along, week-by-week, with my business happenings throughout 2013. The deal was, if they paid for it, I’d send them one email every two weeks with a behind-the-scenes look at exactly what was going on in my business at that moment.
If I hadn’t have created this accountability, I can almost guarantee that I wouldn’t have just launched a new eBook last week. But once I had these people paying to follow along, I had to follow through. Hard core accountability.
Also, when you’re creating a new coaching program or course or want to do something you’ve never done before, like host a webinar, the first thing you need to do is get people involved.
Launch a registration page for your webinar even if you haven’t created the slides. Once people start registering for the webinar, you have to follow through.
It’s almost like playing a game with yourself, and it works.
3. Set S.M.A.R.T goals for your idea
The next and probably one of the most important steps is to attach deadlines and goals to your idea. If you simply just say you want to create so & so idea in the next 3 months, but don’t attach any milestones or goals to it, chances are it’s going to stay in the creation stage.
When you’re setting goals, make sure they’re S.M.A.R.T –
Specific: Answers the question, what do I want to accomplish?
Measurable: Answers the questions… How much? How many? How will I know when it’s accomplished?
Attainable: Simple put, your goal needs to be realistic. Shoot for the moon, but within means.
Relevant: Your goal needs to support the vision for your business. Ask yourself, is this goal bringing me closer to my vision? If it’s not, then what the hell are you doing wasting your time on it?
Time-Bound: Give your goal a timeframe to stick to. When can I accomplish this goal? What can I do 6 weeks from now? What can I do 6 months from now? This ones a killer. Like I mentioned above, I sometimes think that I can get WAY more done in 6 months than I actually can. Make sure you’re being real with yourself and giving yourself enough time to give each of your projects 100% of your focus.
Once you’ve got these goals, create a Project Blueprint that lays out the important milestones or goals that you’ll need to accomplish in order to make this idea come to life.
My next step would be to put it up on my calendar and create a marketing plan for it… Webinar or no webinar? Free video series? When should that be released? Email campaign to market the new project? What should it say? Etc, etc.
Are you feeling all revved up and ready to make the next 6 months UH-mazing?
What’s on your project list? What are you most excited about?
What’s 1 strategy that you’ve found incredibly useful when it comes to making your ideas happen?
Tell us in the comments below!
PS: I just got my new pictures back, so get ready for a massive downpour of my face. You’re welcome.