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Why Your Ideas Don’t Lead to Action

by bevbarnes on July 17, 2013

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You are creating your life’s work. You get an inspired idea that you can’t shake.

But you don’t do it. It doesn’t happen.


Most people have one of the following reasons that they don’t follow their inspirations:

1. I didn’t know how. I got overwhelmed with the details. I got confused about how to do it and what to do first. I didn’t know anything about the technology.

2. I changed my mind. I thought some more and then realized that the idea wasn’t as good as I’d thought initially. It wasn’t a unique innovation and it probably wasn’t feasible, so I decided to scrap it.

3. I’m waiting to feel good about it. I’m feeling scared and anxious and I’m waiting until my fear diminishes and it feels “right’ to go ahead.

4. I don’t know if I can. I don’t know if I have the ability to do this. Who am I to believe that I’m actually capable of doing something so amazing?

Do you recognize yourself?

In most situations, in order to create lasting change, you can’t just change your behaviour you have to eliminate what is blocking your action. If you just change the behaviour without eliminating the blockage, the problem recurs or the solution doesn’t last.

Think about people who go on crash diets only to regain more weight than they lost. The action (crash diet) didn’t work because they haven’t addressed the blockage (why they overeat in the first place).

But there’s an exception to this rule (like French conjugation).

When you are creating something that is based on your heart’s desire, then focusing on removing your blockage is just a delay tactic.

If you know what heart’s desire is, even for a millisecond – before you begin to doubt yourself, you’ve already removed the blocks that need removing.

If you place your attention on the reasons why you aren’t moving forward, then you are actually increasing the gap between the idea and the action, and you won’t move forward.

If you are a heart centred, mission driven unexpected entrepreneur, then the longer the gap is between the idea and the action, the more likely that you will find a way NOT to take action.

This is resistance.

Expect it to show up. It’s normal. Expect resistance to be cloaked like logic. It tells you that you need to be cautious, rethink, re-evaluate, re-consider, slow down or stop.

The people who succeed at creating their life’s work aren’t smarter, more outgoing, more creative or more business savvy than those who don’t.

They. Choose. To. Act.

They have learned how to shorten the gap between the idea and the action.

They choose to act even before something is perfect.

They choose to act expecting to make it better when it doesn’t work.

They know that creating their life’s work is a creation and that they won’t know what it will look like before they act.

They do before they know.

Here are some ideas that might help you to reduce the gap between your idea and your action:

1. Get help. You can Google anything these days. You don’t even have to leave your house.

2. Get support – from someone who “gets” you.

3. Break your task down into tiny baby steps and start taking small steps.

4. Get a partner – someone who likes to act more quickly than you do.

5. Announce your idea to the people who need it. They will encourage/pressure you to get going.

6. Expect resistance. Recognize how yours shows up. Expect to feel anxious – but do it anyway.

I LOVE hearing from you. Let me know below on the blog, how you shorten the gap between idea and action.

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{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Janelle July 18, 2013 at 7:35 pm

Another great post Bev! And a fabulous question. So, I shorten the gap between idea and action by creating a deadline that involves another person, and asking them to expect my work at a certain point. If I know that someone else is expecting me to show up in that way, then I show up. I also completely embrace Woody Allen’s belief that “Eighty percent of success is just showing up.”


Bev Barnes July 19, 2013 at 1:05 am

That’s a fantastic strategy Janelle. Now I think of it, I’m starting to use that method too – with my VA. It totally works.


The Journey to Joy Coach July 18, 2013 at 7:53 pm

Thanks Bev! Exactly what I needed today. ( :


Bev Barnes July 19, 2013 at 1:06 am

Happy that this message was at the right time for you Joy.


t'diggle snapps July 20, 2013 at 1:07 pm

ahhh… delivered right on time. thanks for the encouragement and excellent insight, Bev.


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