Some of you might have noticed I’ve had a link to a site called Lateral Action in my signature line all summer. It’s taken us a bit longer than we expected to get launched, but I think it’ll be worth the wait.
So what is it?
I recently gave you 10 quick tips for building a business online. One tip in particular resonated with readers:
#4 – Work on one idea at a time. Never splatter out with many ideas. It’s overwhelming.
Easier said than done. We have too many great ideas, too many things to do, and only two hands and one brain.
Which idea is best to follow? This one? That one? All of them? What about time? There’s not enough. It all needs to be done now! But where to start? Here? There?
Oh, those dreaded ‘F’ words. ‘Finish’, along with ‘focus’ and ‘follow through’ are words that make creative types cringe.
Focus? Why? Living in the land of possibility is so much fun! I have so many great ideas, it’s really impossible to focus on only one.
Follow through? Groan. It’s much easier to entertain new and energizing ideas! I can’t get organized enough to follow through on project ideas.
Finish? Death! If I finish something, then I have to face the reality of whether it’s any good or not – will anyone want my work?
Do you want to know the real secret of success?
Okay, I’ll tell you. But first I want you to meet my grandparents. They lived in the heart of West Virginia. As a child, I spent many long summer days at their home, running in the wide green yard and splashing through the creek looking for crawdads. I’d play until my grandmother called me in for dinner.
The meals were never fancy but always fresh because my grandparents raised a lot of their own food, including corn, potatoes, green beans, strawberries, grapes, cabbage, tomatoes, carrots, onions, and a few chickens.
If you’ve researched your topic, you understand your audience and you know what you want to say, then moving to action and starting to write should be utterly straightforward and require no particular effort. Right?
Not so. All writers, whether scribing for books, blogs or whitepapers, know only too well that sometimes this just isn’t the case. Getting down to the physical act of writing can take a herculean force of will.
Have you ever had these thoughts?
Now for the big questions: