From “To Do” to “Done”

Every great adventure begins with a great idea, but not every great idea becomes a great adventure.  Why is that?  If the idea was truly a great idea, then it should be able to overcome, or at least circumvent, any objections that arise before it.  So what do these great ideas fall prey to?  Are they so grandiose that one just doesn’t know where to begin?  Are they so larger-than-life that they overwhelm at every level?  How are these great ideas so easily tamed by some but not by others?

Planning; those who want their great ideas to grow into anything more than just another idea plan for it to happen.  Easier said than done, right? WRONG!  Planning is the easy step.  It takes a lot of thinking that won’t happen on its own – that’s where you come in.

First, you need to figure out what a successful great adventure would look like.  Then you imagine in reverse the process it would have taken to get from idea to adventure.  Keep asking the question “What did it need to get this far?” and try to get as many different answers as you can because a lot goes into every great idea at every step of the way!  Ask “Where would it have been before it was here if it didn’t have X?”  And X would be whatever the different answers were that you came up with in the last question.  Each place it was when it didn’t have X or Y or Z or anything else you came up with is just one more step along the way.  Keep asking both of those questions until the only place left for it to have been at is “Just another Great Idea waiting to be found.”

Now you have a Great Idea and outline of what needs to be done in order to take it all the way to Great Adventure.  There’s still a lot of work to be done, like figuring out how some of those steps were reasonably achieved.  Ready?  Repeat the above process until those overwhelming or absurd steps have been broken down into something more reasonable and manageable.  Hey, now your outline is really starting to take shape!  Not so scary anymore, now is it?

Motivation is never a problem, great ideas are exciting and great adventures are even more thrilling – that’s motivation enough.  But if you get stuck on a step, don’t hesitate to brainstorm solutions or bounce ideas off of someone who isn’t involved.  Usually, a fresh set of eyes can find some new choices or a new approach that maybe you haven’t yet considered.  And if your usual suspects are tapped out of ideas, go meet some new people and tap them for ideas.  It never hurts to make more friends and expand your personal network!

Now go plan your adventure and don’t forget to send a postcard!


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