3 Bad Habits Keeping
Your Ideas from Becoming a Business
All successful businesses have started out with one thing—a simple idea. One of two things can happen after a great idea has been established. You may be the type of person to tell all of your friends, family and colleagues about how excited you are, or you may be the type of person who works on their idea in solitude.
We all know it’s easier to talk about the future than it is to work hard in the present to bring an idea to fruition. When it comes down to it, your enthusiasm will probably fade, your great idea will become lackluster and you’ll move on to the next flash of inspiration that’s seemingly bigger and better than the last. Your idea will fall into the black abyss like the handful of others before it that never materialized.
You may be realizing that the aforementioned falls into the “bad habit number one” category.
Talking About Your Ideas
Studies show that the more you talk about your ideas, the less likely you are to achieve them. Announcing your plans to others can satisfy your self-identity just enough so that you're less motivated to do the hard work needed.
In 1933, W. Mahler found that if a person announced the solution to a problem, and was acknowledged by others, it was now in the brain as a "social reality", even if the solution hadn't actually been achieved yet. This ties into current studies being done to dig deeper into this phenomenon.
NYU psychology professor Peter Gollwitzer has been studying this since his 1982 book, "Symbolic Self-Completion", and recently published results of new studies in a research article titled, "When Intentions Go Public: Does Social Reality Widen the Intention-Behavior Gap?" Four separate tests of 63 subjects found that those who kept their intentions private were more likely to achieve them than those who made them public and were praised by others.
If you’re serious about making your ideas a reality, don’t talk about them so much. Always believe in them, but break the habit of speaking about them so prematurely that you feel a false sense of accomplishment.
Succumbing to Resistance and Justifying Procrastination
Accomplishments don’t come from imagination—they come from action. It’s how to apply these actions to get where you want to go that’s the tricky part.
So, what’s the key to being able to put off distractions at any given time until your work is complete? What’s the secret to having endless amounts of motivation to achieve all of your goals? Unfortunately, there isn’t one. There’s no magic spell that makes you a hard worker, and there’s no perfect time, day or setting to get work done. If you try to seek that out, you’ll always be disappointed by the outcome. By procrastinating, and then justifying the action, you’re experiencing resistance.
We all have feelings of being tired, lazy and unmotivated. “There’s a secret that real writers know that wannabe writers don’t, and the secret is this: It’s not the writing part that’s hard. What’s hard is sitting down to write. What’s keeping us from sitting down is resistance,” writes Steven Pressfield in his book, The War of Art.
The “secret” to motivation is battling resistance. Once you become aware of it, you can fight it and you can beat it. At first, it can be difficult to confront the experience, but you have to continue to focus on it. Every time you do something that isn’t the most important thing you could be doing right now, be aware of that and make a change.
Sometimes you just have to show up, start working and the rest will come. By doing so, you’ll be staring resistance directly in the eyes, ready to take it down.
Taking Shortcuts and Overestimating Your Knowledge
The truth is, a business requires 100% of your commitment to succeed. Break the habit of expecting that things will fall into place, because they usually don’t. By saying goodbye to quick fixes, easy shortcuts and fast results, you are setting yourself up to never be disappointed by expectations. If you truly want something, always apply yourself wholeheartedly and work tirelessly. Coming up with ideas is easy, but transforming them into successful business ventures requires dedication.
Life would simply be too easy if we could immediately make our ideas come to life. Anyone can start a business, but few can ensure that it will survive. This can be attributed to inexperience.
There will never be an overabundance of knowledge. If you’re green in the world of business, dedicate yourself to learning more about the ins and outs of your industry and beyond. Acquiring knowledge is the best way to ensure that your business will thrive.
Ideas are just ideas unless you do something with them. Toss out your old habits because it’s time for your actions to take place of your words. Apply yourself to everything that you do, and you’ll start to build a bridge between your ideas and your success.