The Fastest Way To An Idea

The bar is low.

Most people are boring, uncreative, and have a hard time thinking of others’ needs.

But not you.

You work harder than that.

You can go out of your way to make someone feel welcome.

You can go out of your way to stand out.

You can go out of your way to make people remember who you are.

All you need is to start.

You don’t even need the idea.

How? Try this . . .

2 Minute Action

The fastest way to get an idea?

Google it.

I’m not kidding. Someone else has probably thought of this before and has written 10 articles on it.

The best part is that this generally helps spark other ideas.

And that’s the punch line.

The hard part of getting something started isn’t the idea . . . it’s usually getting past the thought that you can’t come up with an idea.

Once you can outsmart or outwork yourself, you’re really onto something.

The Reason I’m Not Crazy For Loving Monday

Now, wait and hear me out . . .

Monday is special because it does something no other day of the week does.

It gives  you a fresh start.

Even if you know you have a new start everyday, we all still feel how Monday is the psychological starting block for the week.

Today is the day!

It’s your chance to be a slightly better version of who you were last week.

It’s your chance to experiment and try something new.

It’s your chance to recalibrate your goals.

Today is the day.

Let’s roll this into action.

Most peoples’ goals center around 3 things:

Fitness, Career, Travel/Bucket list.

Here are things you can do to move toward any of those in 2 minutes or less.

2 Minute Action

Do pushups, burpees, or lunges for 2 minutes.

Set up a meeting with your supervisor (or mentor, or colleague, or professor, etc.) to talk about your future and how to get where you want to go.

Look at your calendar, pick a date in the future (it can be really far in the future, that’s fine) for your bucket list item. Create a savings plan, invite your friends, and make it real!

Today is Monday!

Get out of the gate strong, today.

Wait, Why Do The Minimum??

Okay, so lots of people don’t know what they’re doing—but that’s no excuse.

Thinking through every problem and trying to solve it perfectly before you start will only prevent you from ever starting in the first place.

What is the minimum amount you can do to get your point across, deliver on the promise, or get into the market?

Do that.

Start.

Now consider this caveat . . .

Fields where this approach works: business, marketing, manufacturing, event production, software development, and many others.

Fields where this approach does not work well: surgery, rocket development, neuroscience, quantum mechanics.

The point is, unless your work requires a rare skill set that takes years to develop through academic and professional training, you are probably just getting in your own way.

2 Minute Action

If your goal is to get fit, do 2 minutes of burpees. That’s enough to start.

If your goal is to build software, just wireframe up your concept on a PowerPoint presentation and demo it on a sales call. That’s enough to make a sale.

If your goal is to write a book, write a blog post or an article first. That’s enough to get feedback from others.