Wednesday, February 10, 2016

You’ve got an idea. You’re pretty sure it’s a good one, after testing it according to part one of this series.

What now?

You need a game plan.

Yes, I have another printable. I’m calling it your Good Idea Game Plan. I can’t tell you how, exactly, you’re going to map out the road to making your idea a reality, mostly because I don’t know your idea or its context. But I can show you the components of a good Game Plan...and really, that’s all you need.

The first thing you need to do is figure out what your idea is and why you’re acting on it. This is the most basic stuff, but sometimes it’s the hardest to figure out.
What is the basis of your idea, at its bare bones? What is the purpose of your idea?
Why are you choosing to act on this idea--what makes it stand out from the others you’ve had? Define your idea. Define why you’re doing it. Is it a creative outlet? A piece that’s been lying on your heart? Something that’s been tickling your fingertips?
Define what, exactly, makes your idea your good idea, and your motives for pursuing it.

Some people can wing it and get away with it. Others, like me, have to plan. What do you want to achieve through this idea? What is your goal? Is it to inspire people? To thank them? To create something you’re proud of?
Say it’s a business. How many sales do you want to make in the first year? Or maybe you're a music artist. Who do you want to collaborate/write with?
Create a list of goals for yourself. It doesn’t matter how many of them, just as long as you know the general direction. It’s always good to know where you’re going before you start your journey.
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You have your goals. You have your purpose. You know what your idea is and you know where you want to go.
So how are you going to get there?
If you’re painting a flower, you’ll need to buy the paints, the brushes, and the canvas. You’ll need to figure out which day you’re going to paint the flower and what time. If you’re painting outside, you need to check the weather forecast to make sure it doesn’t rain. Or, if you want a nice drippy effect, you need to check the weather forecast to make sure it does rain.
How long is it going to take you to accomplish your idea? How often are you going to work towards this idea--once, twice, three times a week? Every single day? Once a year? Who is going to help you, and how are you going to contact them? What supplies do you need? How much money do you need? Do you even need money?
The “How” is the very essence of your game plan. You can know what you’re doing, why you’re doing it, and where you want to go, but if you don’t know how you’re going to get there, you’re probably never going to get there at all.

Make room for improvement. Look for people to look up to. Keep your mind open to all ideas, find the good ones, laugh about the bad ones. Read books. Google things. Ask people for advice. Always make sure you’re trying to get better at what you do. An idea is nothing if it’s not executed properly.’s the printable!

This printable is honestly just the tip of the iceberg. If you're writing a book, you need WAY more than a worksheet with basic questions. But hopefully this worksheet will help you see your idea in a more practical light, and I hope this little two-part series helped you with how you approach your ideas :)

What do you think? More printables? More series? Let me know what you thought of all this in the comments!

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