The idea is the easiest part, turning that idea into a functioning existence on the other hand contrasts entirely from easy. As humans, we are all full of ideas and thoughts which we would like to see come true. There is always that assumption that if given a chance our ideas would be the greatest concept witnessed by man. But there is a problem. Something is stopping us from turning these ideas into real life experiences.
That something is our own selves, which is due to self-doubt and fear. This doubt and fear stems from the conditioning by mainstream society upon us that we have been under since birth. What is deemed as too ambitious or impossible by the majority, becomes the standard which we hold ourselves to. That means our limitations are self-imposed because our mental creativity is constricted from being acted on because of the perception others may form about us. Beyond this sociological factor though is the reality that most of us are simply lazy. Too lazy to work hard and too lazy to go beyond what is expected of us. That is why ideas remain just that, ideas. Nothing more than vivid imaginations, with no real expectation of being tangible concepts.
If you are one of these people let me show you how to move past the day dreaming phase. Simply follow these three steps in order to move your ideas forward:
1) Write Down Your Ideas. Ideas that stay in your head remain there. You have to put your ideas on paper or in your computer in order to further illustrate your thoughts. This helps to cleanse the thinking process and to show you exactly what you clearly have to define. This process allows for you to begin adding substance to the initial starting point. By adding substance you transition from the dreaming phase into the brainstorming phase, which makes you more inclined to move forward and progress towards your wanted state.
2) Create Objectives/ Checkpoints. Objectives are important because they give you checkpoints to reach. This somewhat instills discipline because it makes you have a schedule to follow and deadlines to meet. I say somewhat though because the accountability of doing so falls solely upon yourself. There is no one telling you that you have to be productive or someone pushing you to do so, which can be a hindering setback. On the other hand though, this breaks down the bigger picture into smaller pieces, making it easier to manage. So with manageable pieces you are not forced to attack everything head on, which by doing so could easily defeat your motivation. Follow the necessary steps you outline in order to start transitioning the idea into reality.
3) Stick to the Plan. One of the hardest things about ideas is seeing them through. Doing the boring, mundane stuff becomes a struggle to do and starts to sap away your initial excitement. This is the most critical stage though because it demonstrates if you really have the fortitude to remain steadfast even trough your difficulties. Realistically speaking though, execution is the final step that many of many people are terrible at completing. It points back to the fact that we are by nature quite lazy. What sets successful people apart from average people though is their drive to move past this bad habit. You have to be accountable, focused and willing to work hard consistently. There is no other way around this fact.
Remember, everyone has ideas but only a very small percentage of people actually see them brought into fruition. Ideas are a dime a dozen, actual performance and production is slightly rarer.