As creative women with an entrepreneurial mindset, your mind I imagine, finds it hard to ever quieten. Ideas will flow to you from morning to night, and so it will go on, as long as you are healthy and well.
At times when you need those ideas to flow, you'll be thinking "hallelujah!".
Even on days when you think you're stuck for ideas – suffering from writer's-block / designer's-block – it's often a case you're still coming up with ideas or thoughts, just perhaps not the ones that feel 'right'.
Other times, you'd like to find a way to switch off the idea-chatter, when you're away from your tech and business. So you can relax.
And, that's where I want to focus your attention.
First off, LOVE that your mind can pull out those creative goods!
I hear so often in coaching sessions, "sorry, that must sound chaotic or crazy to you!". And I always say, "it's absolutely normal, and you're exactly as you are meant to be...".
Trust that this pendulum of creative thoughts & ideas are all part of the natural creative process.
Our brains are designed to think and come up with ideas and solutions. So never apologise for the fact your mind is crazy and sometimes chaotic with ideas. Celebrate it!
But, our minds and bodies are also designed to rest too, and as creative, entrepreneurial thinkers, it's this challenge of how to 'switch off the ideas' when you need to.
The good news, is you don't have to figure it all out on your own.
Even if your ideas feel as if they've taken on a life of their own, remember you are not your ideas, and you have the power to control them.
If you'd like a simple way to keep your ideas in check, try this quick exercise.
- Write all of your ideas down on one piece of paper (I know – you may need a whole notebook, but for now, try this).
- When done, ask yourself, which of these ideas would I love to be done? By done, I mean completed, handed over, it's finalised, no more editing or revising. It's ready to be packaged up and sold, and impact in the way you want it to on launch.
- When you have that one idea that you're drawn to the most, your mind will most often still go 'but what about...', as it'll fear that the other ideas won't get birthed too. But just park those fears for now. Bring yourself back to centre, to the 'one idea'.
- Now, to make sure you really are focusing on that one idea, fold your paper (or rip it) so you only see this one idea on the page. Let yourself imagine what it would be like when this is completed, launched and it's successful. Really imagine what that success looks like for you, and how it's going to feel.
- Come back to the present, and now back to your one idea. What would it take for you to focus on this one idea only? Make a checklist of things you could do.
- Remind yourself why focusing on this one idea and making it quality is important to you and your business, and your life. Make a note of the why's.
- If you've got question marks about how to make your idea happen, how to make it in the first place, how to build a business model around it, how to get it to market, or anything else that feels out of your reach, write all those questions down too. Be clear on what knowledge you currently lack to make your idea real.
- When you've got your list of questions, ask yourself: Who could answer these? Do I have a mentor I could ask who has done something very similar? Is there a Business Coach who I could work with that could help me get a focused plan in place? Perhaps sense check that I've chosen the idea I'm most resonant about in the first place? Get a list of professionals you need to speak to.
In the meantime, all the other ideas you've come up with, are not going to go anywhere. Keep them in a safe place, and trust that it's ok, to focus on just one first. You still have them in your control, they're simply resting, while you focus on the golden one.
Remember, I'm here to help creative, entrepreneurial women like you, know that having ideas, & lots of them, is a gift.
I've also got private or group coaching progams available to help you feel supported to get clear on which idea to focus on first, and how to get your passion-project done but stay well at the same time.