Making Ideas Happen

My friend Sukhraj Beasla told me about a website today called Reverb10, which is a site dedicated to bloggers in an effort to get them to look back on 2010 and reflect. They provide 31 topics for bloggers to write about for every day of December. Since it’s December 12th already, I’ve lost out on 11 topics, but it’s never too late to start. Today’s topic is very fitting though, because it’s about taking action, and that has been at the top of my mind for the past three weeks.

Here is today’s topic, written by Scott Belsky: “When it comes to aspirations, it’s not about ideas. It’s about making ideas happen. What’s your next step?” That’s it. Very short, and very straight forward. So, what’s my next step?

My birthday was three days ago, and I launched a new blog that I’m really excited about ( Three weeks ago I had a nice little heart-to-heart chat with myself to figure out what I could spend my time on that would make me really happy, and that blog was the answer. It came to me like an epiphany and I ran with it. My typical modus operandi would be to have a great idea, get halfway through running with it, then letting it drift off into the distance. This one is different, and I think it’s because it’s not about me.

So the blog has been launched. I took action. What now? Well, my next step is to continue running with it. That means making a plan and sticking to it. That means giving back to the world one blog post at a time (when you go to the website you’ll see what I mean). What has become clear to me in the last three weeks is that if I take myself out of the equation, I get more accomplished. When I stop making it about me, I produce more and achieve more. If you feel that you’re stuck, my advice to you would be: “Stop making it about you. Give to others, and the answers will come.”

So what about you? What’s your next step? Let us know in the comments below

  • Sukhraj Beasla

    Thanks for the shoutout, Jeff! So glad you embraced #reverb10 and were also able to setup that awesome blog! I’m really excited to see what comes out of it and read your reverb blogs. :)

    I think it’s really important to embrace your calling because you know it’s pure intention and meant to be. :)

    • Jeff Friend

      I totally agree, it just feels right, and that’s a feeling I’ve been seeking for a long time :-)

  • Sukhraj Beasla

    My reverb moment is in my latest blog post!

  • Candice

    As you know, like you, I dance around with many projects – the biggest one right now being SRLA. I’ve been having trouble establishing a comfortable sitting place with them because I would like to get more accomplished. The issue? I have a faster work pace and I like to be 10-steps ahead if I can, but I feel like I’m trying to catch my tail in this first development stage with them.

    Case in point – there was a half marathon yesterday that I could have organized plenty of coverage for. I wasn’t told about the event, I just received word of it a few days before. I tried to get approval for different things and ended up losing out.

    So, my next step? I decided that I’m going to proceed with this project with the vigor and passion that caught me in the first place – I’m going to be out on the field getting my hands dirty for the coverage the organization deserves. This isn’t about me or the office, this is about the students and the coaches that dedicate themselves to the organization – so I’m going to proceed with that.

    We’re already behind for the year so I need to make the next three months bang.

    Of course, let me know your thoughts :) I appreciate your help and support with this.

    • Jeff Friend

      I’m really sorry to hear that you’re struggling so much :-( I really believe that if you can somehow take those thoughts about the internal challenges and transfer your energy and focus to the children that SRLA is there to support, a lot if that frustration will vanish. I love that you’re volunteering your time for them, they’re really lucky to have you.

      I’d love to interview people (you, them, the children) for my blog and get the word out about SRLA!

  • tea_austen

    Wow, this is great–and exactly what I needed to hear today. I’ve been struggling with taking that next step, and this helps me think of it in a different way. Thanks!

    • Jeff Friend

      I love that! I really do. I try to make a positive impact on someone’s life every single day, and it really fills me up when I hear that I have. I really appreciate you commenting and saying that! So what IS your next action step?

  • Lucifer

    It appears your soul maybe save from me.

    Your dedication is admirable. I profess the Deming Cycle PDSA. Plan, Do, Study, Act. It allows you to reduce your energy and stress level and still produce a great product. Its designed to also take away the “Percieved” feeling of failure. Its a work in progress and remember the cycle is continuous.
    If the plan didn’t give the correct data then you study and act upon changes to achieve your goal.
    Never is any day, month, year or decade a failure. Its always a work in progress that allows only your plan or as many people you want to bring on board to be part of your goal and enact one or several plans.
    Also, understand the art of delegation. You can’t do everything.
    The hardest problem for me as a manager was the delegation. I always wanted to do it myself so I knew it would be done and done correctly. But, you just can’t do it. I found only a portion of my plan would get done. Delegating opened up many directions and improved my office productivity and reduced stress and energy for myself and employees. Win Win.
    Well, time to see how many souls to send to Hade.

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