Inspiration is romanticized by the media, but the truth is inspiration is not enough. If you never take action on your inspirations, then they will forever remain in your mind until someone else has the same idea and does something with it. Inspiration can be short-term, so it will take a level of determination and process to follow through on a good idea.
The first step in becoming better at taking action on your inspiration is to develop the habit of writing your ideas down as they come to you. It doesn’t matter whether you hand-write, type a quick note on your phone, or write on the back of a receipt. I’m constantly scribbling ideas down in my planner that I can hardly read! When you have a moment to yourself, you can then add the idea to a document or notebook to stay organized. It’s no good if you throw out the receipt before transferring your idea to where it can be recovered.
The next step is to look over your list of ideas and highlight the best ones. From your narrowed down list, pick an idea that you would like to take action on and think will push you closer toward achieving one of your main goals for the year. This will take some work. Feel free to be critical.
Once you know which inspiration you will take action on, the only thing left is to actually do it. Create an action plan to accomplish it and follow through. Don’t allow yourself to fall off track if you lack motivation or have doubts. Motivation is short-term and can be sparked again through different media when necessary. Everyone experiences doubts sometimes, so push past those.
Acting on your inspiration is a good way to boost your career success because it sets you apart from the rest. It can even establish you as a thought leader in your field. Some ideas will turn out well, whereas others flop. Learn from the failures and keep pushing forward with new inspirations. It’s what you do today, that sets you up for tomorrow!
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