While I’m confident I won’t stop dreaming up projects — frankly, I don’t want to stop, for it provides reassurance my brain is firing — I do see it’s time for me to be a little smarter about what I do with all the prospects. There is an art, maybe a science, to sorting through ideas, choosing a few and then successfully implementing them.
Enter Google, right? Turns out, you can Google anything, and the phrase “share your ideas” yielded me 4.8 million results. “Implement your ideas” got 9.7 million!
There can be a method to this madness, something of which I decided to remind myself.
So, if you’re an idea person — or you’re married to one or you parent one — there are a few key concepts to remember.
• There’s nothing wrong with being a dreamer. The world needs all kinds, thinkers and dreamers and synthesizers included. So, be free to dream and think. If you’re like me, you can’t help it anyway.
• Keep a bright-idea journal or notebook. Jot down all those brainstorms without editing yourself. That means no matter how far-fetched it seems, it’s OK to put it there. You have to put it somewhere, don’t you?
• When it comes to considering which ideas to actively pursue executing, use objective measures to help you decide. Do I have the time, money, skills and whatever else it would take to carry this out? Who will be affected, and are those people OK with that? Count the costs.
• Solicit the input — and, often, services – of other people, particularly when you get to the execution stage. Already noted, but not all idea people are good at managing their projects. If that’s you, find someone or some model to do it. If you’re able to both think it up and carry it out, great. Still, you’re going to need help, so find people and other resources to help with the work. Let others be a reality check to your dreaming, too.
• Lastly, share! More than likely, bright-idea people have more ideas than they can ever do anything with. But others might like to use them. Definitely watch out for saying, “You should …” to people — they often don’t like that — but feel free to offer your ideas when it seems right to do so. Cheer them on, too — if you’re not too busy yourself.
Goshen News columnist Stephanie Price is a wife, mother, teacher, childbirth educator, doula, midwife’s assistant and student nurse pursuing a minor in complementary health from Elkhart. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org, 269-641-7249 or on Facebook at the page “Whole Family Column by Steph Price.”