How to Decide what to Focus on when You have a Million & One Ideas
Being a restless creative can be both a blessing and a curse. If you’re anything like me, you may find your mind swimming with shiny new ideas every day. And because you have so many good ideas, you may have a tendency to jump from project to project without ever really completing any one of them, or you may find yourself ceasing to take action all together. If this is where you’re at right now, I want you to know that you’re not alone.
Having so many ideas and not knowing where to start or what to focus on and stick with can be incredibly frustrating, confusing and overwhelming. Trust me, I totally get it. But fortunately, you don’t have to let these things hold you back from your growth or success any longer.
I’ve created a simple guideline of ideas to help you get your thoughts organized, gain clarity and focus on what matters most so that you can share your gifts and do the work you came on this earth to do.
1. Organize all your thoughts and ideas into one notebook or file
I can’t emphasize enough the importance and value of keeping all of your brilliant ideas in one designated space, be it a notebook, folder or computer file. Keeping your ideas organized allows you to add to, edit and return to them whenever you so desire and will ultimately set the foundation for your success.
2. Feel into each idea individually
Once your ideas are organized, I want you to sit with each one and ask yourself questions like:
- Does this idea feel good for me?
- Does the thought of working on this project truly excite me, or do I feel like it’s more of an obligation and something that I should do?
- Is this project in alignment with my core values?
- Is this idea profitable? (Mind you, I say this lightly because truly any idea has the potential to be profitable and certainly, not everything has to bring you profit, so it’s just something to consider when deciding what to focus on)
- What would it mean to me to carry out this idea until the end? How would I feel? What do I anticipate might come from it? What sacrifices am I willing to make to get see it through?
- Does this idea make me feel as though what I am doing is meaningful, purposeful or needed?
And if you’re a visual person, I encourage you to try visualizing what the process and outcome might look like if you were to bring that idea into form from start to finish.
3. Know that you don’t have to do everything at once
When you’re overflowing with good ideas, you might feel like you need to do everything at once for a lack of time or otherwise. But what you’ll often come to see is that when you go back to your ideas, you’ll find one or two that no longer resonate with you.
Knowing that, I think that it’s important to give yourself permission to focus on one thing at a time, and just remember that you can return to your collection of ideas whenever you feel guided or inspired.
That said, if you’re someone who’s really in tune with your feminine nature and intuition, you may find it initially easy to decide and focus on one idea but challenging to see it through because you feel as though the new ideas coming to you are something you need to carry out right away.
But, I want to let you know from much experience that if you continue to let your intuition and “feelings” dictate your every business decision, and fail to integrate consistency and commitment, you’re going to find yourself running in circles and not ever really moving forward.
If that is in fact something that you struggle with, I’d like to recommend to you a podcast episode that has personally supported me in overcoming my “go with the flow”, shiny idea syndrome. The podcast episode is called “DISCIPLINE & DEVOTION” on the Sexy Soul Radio podcast by Caty Pasternik. And if you’re not familiar with Caty and her work, I just want to forewarn you that she is very blunt, but it’s because she intentionally aims to say things in a way that will really push people to make necessary changes in their life to succeed.
With that, if you still feel overwhelmed and unable to decide what to focus on, I encourage you to allow yourself to let go of the need to know right now and just give yourself permission to experiment and do what feels good for now.
There’s a common knowledge that states that clarity comes from action. The more that you take action, the more clearer everything becomes. So the sooner you’re able to see what does and doesn’t resonate with you, the sooner you’ll be able to really commit yourself to something that is truly meaningful to you.
And by this, I don’t mean just dropping a project because you’ve lost the initial rush of bringing that idea to life, but rather just becoming aware of what is true to you and eliminating the things that really aren’t in alignment with who you are and the outcome you’re seeking.
So, that’s all I have for now. If this post helped you in anyway or there’s something else that you’d like for me to rift on, I’d love for you to share your thoughts in the comment section below.
Wishing you well and wealth as always, Britney.