We live in a noisy world and all that noise can drown out one of our most precious commodities as business owners… our imagination. We all have creative minds and imaginations, but when we get so busy running our businesses, we don’t take time to turn in and listen for those great ideas deep inside of us. Or when we do have sparks of creativity, we quickly nip it in the bud and tell ourselves, “That would never work.”
Walt Disney, one of the most creative people of our time said, “If you can visualize it, if you can dream it, there’s some way to do it.” Whether you want to create a new online course, product or service offering, write a book or some other creative moneymaking endeavor, it all starts with your imagination, that’s where the magic begins.
Here are five strategies to help you unleash the power of your imagination as you create a moneymaking product or service for your business:
1. Tune-In to Your Imagination Station
Take some time every week to be quiet, turn off your phone, stop all the internet noise and just tune into your inner self. Ask yourself: What would I like to create that I know would help people improve their current situations and attain their desired goals? What do I feel best suits my purpose in life? What excites me enough to carry me across the finish line despite obstacles?
The best idea is to write these ideas down daily for over a week. At the end of the week, look at your brainstorming notes and see what tends to comes up frequently. That’s usually a calling that lives deep within, so listen to what your heart is telling you to do.
2. Make the Commitment
One of the questions I encouraged you to ask yourself had to do with having enough excitement to fuel you through the hard times. That’s because you need commitment. There’s a big difference between being interested in creating a new revenue stream and being committed to it. Being committed means you are willing to do whatever it takes to complete it, market it, and sell it.
Successful consultants are successful because they made the right choices along the way. If you’re committed and excited, and your intuition is saying go for it – then do it. Realize that feeling a little scared is normal when you are launching into something new, but tune in and listen to your intuition– is it a red light or a green light? If it’s green, it’s time to move forward at a rapid speed.
3. Create a Plan of Action
While it all starts in your imagination, there comes a time when your great idea needs to move out of your head and into the real world. For many, this is the point where they stall out, which is why a plan of action helps!
Here are a few key things your plan should include:
- Articulate your overall goal. Think about what it is you want to accomplish and write it down as succinctly as possible. What will this new product or service do? How will it be organized and packaged? And most importantly how will it help your clients attain results?
- Break down all the components. This is where you figure out what it’s going to take to get this idea out of your head and into the marketplace. Write down everything you can think of that’s involved. Include tasks in content creation, client delivery, and marketing.
- Get your steps in the right order. Take the list of components you created in the last step and organize them in the right order. What needs to be done first, then what’s next? Having this in order will help you stay on track.
- Line up your resources. Are you going to need funding to make this idea a reality? How about time? Can you schedule time to work on it or do you need to outsource tasks to others?
- Get started. Don’t get bogged down with perfection. You have a list of steps, get started on the first one. You’ll create momentum and can fine-tune your strategy as you go.
4. Embrace a Predictable Success Mindset
You must believe in this idea, so much so that in your mind it’s a predictable success! Because most likely you’re going to run into obstacles including major project setbacks. At some point, you may have to deal with negative people who will tell you, “Why do you want to do that?” “I don’t think anyone will buy that,” or “You’ve got a thriving business, why try to recreate the wheel?”
None of this will derail you if you have the right mindset. When you run into setbacks, you’ll view them as set-ups, because you’re resilient enough to land on your feet and keep moving. And you’re so committed to your personal growth, that you’ll ignore the naysayers who don’t see the big picture like you do.
5. Get Input, Accountability, and Support
It’s hard to go it alone. This is why I’ve always had a supportive coach I can rely on for honest feedback and encouragement. Make sure this person is creative, constantly pushing their own boundaries, and isn’t afraid to take risks. You want someone who will stretch you out of your comfort zone and has enough experience to help you avoid pitfalls along the way.
Have you ever been blown away by someone’s new product or service? Maybe you thought to yourself, “I wish I had thought of that!” It’s your turn to blow away your clients by unleashing the power of your imagination.
Sarah’s Predictable Results Insights
- How often do you spend time tuning into your imagination? Can you schedule time this week to begin brainstorming new ideas?
- How committed are you to your next “big” idea?
- Do you have someone you can rely on for input, accountability, and support as you create your new product or service?
If you need support from a private coach to help support your creative new idea and make it a predictable success, reach out to me at 800-267-3245 for a complimentary strategy session to see how we may be of service to you.