This past weekend, our family went out to Palm Desert to visit my in-laws for Mothers Day. I had the opportunity to spend some quality time with Greg’s father, Lowell. I enjoy my “chats” with him. He loves business and marketing and always has great ideas. One of the topics we landed on was how some people move forward with their big ideas, dreams, and goals, and others never seem to be able to get out of the starting gate. Why is this? What makes it happen for some but not for others? Women will say to me, “I have an idea, but every time I get to a certain point, I can’t seem to “pull the trigger!”
I have been fortunate to have a lot of coaches and mentors in my life. It’s been a key to my moving ahead with my big ideas, dreams, and goals. You know the old phrase, “Ready, Aim, Fire?” Years ago, one of my mentors shared with me, that in order to make something happen, it should really be, “Ready, Fire, Aim!” Sometimes we want to make sure that everything is “perfect” before we “fire” our new idea into the world. We want to take that last class or read that last book written by the expert.
Actually, it’s better to get ready, fire and then see what happens. This does not mean that you should not get organized or prepare for your new idea or goal. It means there are times when you are at a point where you just need to fire off that new idea or make the first step to realizing that dream or goal. Another way of looking at this is “Mindset First; Details Later.” If you set a mindset to make something happen, you will almost always achieve it. This is a staple in my entrepreneurial toolkit. I decide what I want to accomplish, make a plan, and then I launch that idea into the world. Does it always work? No, but action increases my chances of success versus just waiting for the perfect moment.
As Lowell and I reflected on people we both knew who had made their big ideas and dreams into a reality, we both agreed that this action, this “mindset” is what sets them apart from others.
How about you? Do you have a big idea, dream or goal that you are thinking about but, to paraphrase others, “just can’t seem to pull the trigger?” Is it something that you really want to happen? Do you have a strong desire? It does not have to be a business idea. It could be a fitness or health goal, a community outreach effort. What’s holding you back? Are you trying to make it “perfect” before you “pull the trigger?” “Perfect” rarely exists. But “good enough” moves you forward. And it can give you the opportunity to see where you might need to tweak your idea or make changes along the way.
So, what will you do today to develop your “mindset” so you too can “pull the trigger?”
Anything is possible. Everything is waiting for you.