During our recent vacation to Park City, Utah, I was enjoying my morning coffee while overlooking a peaceful pond, and was surprised by several hot air balloons making their way high up into the sky. The colors of each balloon were bright, vivid, and unique. Some were like rainbows; others were bright red or yellow. They rose to varying heights in the sky, each one navigating their own unique path around the valley. This got me thinking about how Smart Women’s Big Ideas, dreams and goals are a lot like hot air balloons.
We all have Big Ideas, dreams, and goals that we would like to manifest and share with the world. Our dreams and ideas are unique to us and come with our own creative thoughts. Whether it’s a product, service, or book we’ve written, sometimes when we attempt our initial launch at getting our Big Idea “off the ground”, we become “stuck” or realize that it’s not happening as quickly as we would like. We feel anxious and frustrated with the seemingly slow process.
I happened to meet one of the owners of the hot air balloon company in Park City and was surprised at what’s involved in a successful flight. In order to take that glorious, colorful ride, the majority of work goes on before anyone arrives to get inside the bucket of the balloon. Teams of two or more people work together to make sure everything is ready for a safe and enjoyable flight. 50% of the energy source — the heat that creates the air to get the balloon off the ground — is used in the beginning. After the balloon gets off the ground and reaches its desired altitude, it’s smooth sailing.
How about you? What color is your dream? Have you made a decision to get your Big Idea, dream or goal “off the ground?” Have you started the process of getting everything ready to fly your idea high into the sky where others can see it and want to be a part of it either as a customer or a support system? Plato, the Greek Philosopher said, “The beginning is the most important part.” Getting a new idea “off the ground” is exciting. The beginning is a time of creativity and designing your product or service that is unique to you. It’s important to realize the amount of effort it takes to realize your own unique Big Idea, dream, or goal. It requires a lot of energy and commitment.
Here are a few solutions that can help you get it “off the ground” much easier.
Develop the right mindset. Remember: Mindset first, details later. Make a commitment to yourself that this is important for you and that you are going to manifest this dream. It’s essential that you share your commitment with the most important people in your life so that you can gain their support. Take some time to write out a detailed plan of everything that needs to be done to make this dream happen. As you look at the list, decide where you will need the expertise and support from others. You cannot do it all by yourself. The key to a successful outcome is to have people around you who are excited about your dream and have the expertise you need to make it happen. I have two smart women who are a great support system for me. They work on the technical side of my business. Not only are they experts in what they do, they are enthusiastic about my mission and purpose in my work with women.
I invite you to begin thinking about your Big Idea, dream or goal and ask yourself these questions: “What will it take to get my Big Idea off the ground?” “How high do I want to go with it?” “Who can help me accomplish this goal?” And knowing that in the beginning, it will take more than 50% of your time and energy to realize this Big Idea, take the steps to make it happen and get the support you need. Keep me posted and let me know how it’s going. I’ll be looking for you high in the sky.
© 2008 Joy Chudacoff
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