By Dawn Ellis
What do you do when you have too many ideas and not enough time to implement? Or perhaps you have to many work-related tasks to complete and not enough energy to tend new ideas?
Unfortunately, this is the daily struggle the majority of entrepreneurs and small business owners face when juggling their workload with many distressing hats. It’s natural for new ideas and potential projects to be introduced to a business, but there are only so many resources available. Yet the familiar feeling of disappointment and despair as great ideas crumple to nothingness is all too unbearable.
Ideas are crucial, brainstorming is fun, and creativity is alluring. However, ideas need to be pruned and trimmed, to make sure the ones with the most potential have the ability to blossom well. We all have twenty-four hours a day, and we need to utilise this time before we exhaust all available assets.
In order to be successfully innovative, you must allow for the potential ideas to blossom. Here are five ways to implement those innovative ideas.
Always Believe In Your Own Capabilities
You’re more able to implement an idea if you truly believe you can achieve the reality. To change your attitude towards your capabilities is to challenge the way you think. Begin to enlist and identify the benefits of your proposed idea. By strengthening your belief in the outcome, you will begin to obtain a new perspective on your limitations. Soon you will realise there is nothing stopping you from achieving this idea. Ask yourself: what ways are you innovative, what beliefs are preventing you from achieving innovation, and how can you change your beliefs to be more innovative.
Try Again, Fail Again, Fail Better
When you’re faced with obstacles preventing you from achieving innovation, be persistent and never give up. Don’t be afraid of failing. Failing allows you to learn from experience and progress onto better innovation. By learning what works and what doesn’t, you will learn how to overcome future obstacles and challenges. Persistence pays off.
If It’s Easy, It Wouldn’t Be Worth Doing
Whether you’re proposing or implementing innovation, you will encounter obstacles. New ideas are normally met with resistance because people have trouble believing in ideas they cannot visualise. You should be prepared to fight for your idea and do what is necessary to turn this idea into reality. Understand that resistance is to be expected and prepare for the worst.
Strengthen Innovation by Challenging Existing Ideas
Be willing to take more calculating risks. If you’re not failing occasionally, you’re not going to achieve anything remotely innovating. Be open to trying new things and taking chances. Challenge existing ideas and strengthen your ability to take risks.
Find Support by Pitching Ideas
It is easier to be innovative when you’re in an environment which encourages innovative thinking. Your workplace should support new ideas and allow for individuals to bounce ideas of one another. Look at attending networking events where other like-minded attendees will be open to sharing wisdom. After all, you never know where you may find that ‘eureka’ moment.