Every now and then I contact my friend with an idea that I truly believe he must act on immediately. He casually responds nearly every time with, “Great idea, but it’s not time for that yet.”
I’m blessed with Attention Deficit Disorder, better known to all as ADD. Blessed? Yes, because it is one of the muses that feeds me such creative, out-of-this-world ideas. I love it. One of the drawbacks, however, is of course the fact that I get so many ideas that I want to jump from project to project and then I don’t finish things. I never, ever, refer to my ADD as anything but a blessing. I mean that. It’s as much a part of me as my blue eyes. In fact, I try not to refer to my ADD at all. (I love it so much I feel it’s like bragging about how much you can bench press. After all, I consider ADD one of my super powers.)
When all of these creative ideas start flooding my brain and pushing out the project that I really need to buckle-down on and finish, I just need to remind myself that it’s not time for that, yet. And I do. My brain starts screaming, “Let’s do this!” I just say to myself, “It’s not time for that brain.” I take out my journal and I write down the amazing idea that just popped in there. I date it. Sometimes I even do a very quick sketch or two of what it’s suppose to look like or do. I give the idea a bold heading so when I flip through my journal I see it. Then I skip a line or two and write why I need to return to the project I interrupted and what it will mean to me and my family when I am finished.
It’s very important that you complete that last step. Once that new idea pops into your brain it steals some of the excitement and energy from the project you are working on. You have to invigorate that passion and energy into your project again. You will need to recapture that purpose and energy. Then immediately jump back into that project and make some real progress. Remind yourself of why you want to finish, what it will mean, and the date you want it completed. Being successful is not just knowing what to do, but knowing when to do it.
Here are the steps to take when your project gets interrupted by a new, wonderful idea:
- Remind yourself, “It’s not time for that, yet.”
- Take out your journal and write down your new idea quickly with a big, bold heading, and a quick sketch if needed.
- Reinvigorate your current project with a brief journal entry highlighting your passion, interest, and what it means to complete.
- Dive right back into the project you were working knowing the epiphany you just had is safely locked away and won’t be lost.
- Use visualization and self talk to restart the project and regain your energy and commitment.
Finish that project. Everyone loves and respects those who do what they say, and follow-through on their dreams and ideas.
Dream big, but finish!
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