You often hear people say its not easy coming with a great idea. We want to refine that by saying, its not easy to develop ideas into great ones. Developing ideas involve a great deal of effort and above all, courage. The courage to fail repeatedly until you succeed. More importantly, you need to have a positive mindset if you want to develop your ideas into something great.
We hope our previous post on the Secret Art of Generating Ideas helped you started a habit of generating ideas. Now with your little notebook of ideas, your next question is probably, “What do I do with all these ideas?” Let us share with you some tips on how you can start developing your ideas over this post and the next.
Before we talk about which of your ideas should you start to develop, let’s talk about something more important. Let’s talk about the mind that generated those amazing ideas, your mind. Let us prepare you mentally before you start developing you ideas.
What about my mind?
The key to developing ideas or even great ideas lie in having a positive mindset. This may sound simple in theory, but that’s where most people fail. What do we mean by having a positive mindset? It is the ability to take in any bad situation, look at the lessons learnt, and move on.
Sounds easy enough? Let’s put you through some scenarios, escalate it, and we’ll see how you fare.
- When you drop a dollar coin from your wallet, and it falls into the drain. Do you,
- Tell yourself to be careful next time, forget about it and move on?
- Get angry at yourself for dropping the coin, and get bothered about it for the rest of the day?
- When you have your wallet stolen from you. Do you,
- Tell yourself to take better care of your wallet, be happy that you’re safe and move on?
- Get angry at yourself for not holding on to your wallet, and wish bad things happen to the person?
Its easy to recover from a small setback, maybe even a small failure. The difficulty lies in being able to learn from all your failures and recovering from them. The trick lies in knowing where to focus in times of failure. When it isn’t easy to focus.
There are two sides to a coin. With every bad situation, there is a a good one. We can always choose to focus on the negative or we could focus on the positive. The key word is “choose”. Yes, you have a choice in how you feel about things and what you focus on.
How does a positive mindset help me?
We’re glad you asked! Having a positive mindset goes a long way in helping you with many things including developing ideas. We will share more on how it helps you build a better work environment, relationship, and life in future posts. In this post, we will focus only on the how it helps with developing ideas.
The road to success is often will with obstacles and more importantly, failure. There may be many others who are able to generate ideas and develop them into great ideas. What they lack is, is often the ability to deal and recover from failure.
There are bound to be lots of people who are critical of your ideas. When you start casting doubt on yourself for each small setback you encounter, failure then becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.
The key is for you to see each setback and small failure as an opportunity to learn from. We choose to believe that failures are the universe’s way of letting you know that you are unprepared for what’s ahead.
As a famous person once said, “the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.” We know insanity is probably not what you’re going for, so learn from all the small setbacks around you while they don’t cost you. Before you know it, you’ll soon be on the road to success.
Now that you have a slight idea how a positive mindset is beneficial, let us talk about why you should develop ideas.
Why develop ideas?
You might ask why should we develop ideas, and not just test out all the ideas we have? We should test out ideas. In fact, we should test out as many of them as possible.
What we are doing when developing ideas, is planning how we are going to test these ideas. Well, when you fail to plan, you plan to fail right?
Developing ideas involves mapping out not only the pros and cons of each idea. It also involves asking yourself a bunch of “who”, “what” and “why” questions:
- Who are you?
- What do you represent?
- Who is ideal your audience?
- What about the idea bothers you?
- Why do you want to do this?
- What are the skill-sets you need for this idea?
- What are the skill-sets you lack?
These are just some of the questions you should ask yourself for each and every idea you have. You may find the answers for some of these questions being the same, but do this over time. You will also start to notice some of the answers changing for the same questions.
How do we know this? We’ve been doing the same as well. Like we’ve said in our About Us page, MisterBitterSweet has been restarted many times. Each time that we’ve revisited this idea, some parts of it has changed. The answers to these questions is what have changed.
Now that you understand why we have to develop ideas, we will share with you how you can go about developing these ideas over our next post.
In this post, we shared about the importance of having a positive mindset when it comes to developing ideas and working on them. We also shared with you the reason on why there is a need to develop ideas. Essentially, we only have limited resources which we want to make the best use of, so its probably best avoid simply working on every idea without a plan.
So if there’s one key takeaway from this post, it would be having a positive mindset so that you can focus on the things that matter.
Stay tuned for our next post where we will share with you how you could go about developing your ideas by creating action plans.