Do you have trouble following through on your ideas? Do you tend to start things but struggle to finish them?
This is something many of us can relate to. You get a great idea or feel called to do something new. Feeling really inspired and energized by it, you start with lots of motivation and momentum.
But at some point your motivation drops off. The momentum slows. You abandon your great idea. You feel disappointed, defeated and guilty.
How to clear 4 common blocks and follow through on your great ideas
Why don’t we follow through on our great ideas? And how can we clear those blocks? Keep reading for four big blocks and how to bust through them!
1. Fear of failure
This is a big one. The fear of failure keeps us stuck, scared and frustrated. But there’s a simple solution.
The solution is to take action without any expectations. You don’t have to do everything. Just do one thing. If you want to start a podcast, record that first episode using whatever equipment you have on hand, even if it’s your phone, and publish it. Don’t expect anyone to listen to it. Just do it.
Do the thing you want to do and don’t worry about the results.
If you want to start a jewelry business, just make that first piece and put it up for sale on Etsy or whatever platform you like. Have zero expectations of anyone buying it. Just get it out there.
This goes for anything. Do the thing you want to do and don’t worry about the results. It doesn’t matter if no one sees it, hears it or buys it. What matters is that you get into the energy of creating. When you do this you shift your vibrational frequency.
Joy is the ultimate creator
Simply doing the thing you love puts you into an energy of creativity and joy. And remember, joy is the ultimate creator! When we focus on having fun and being in a joyful state, we attract what we want.
When you’re scared to fail, or even to not do as well as you hoped, follow this tip to get into action and then follow through. When you remove the expectation and just do what you enjoy, you can’t fail. Focus on just doing. Once you start creating, the next steps will be presented to you.
I’ve offered up this tip before, and I will continue to emphasize it because it’s really powerful!
2. Telling yourself “It’s been done before”
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard this. I used to say it to myself, too. “It’s been done before.”
Here’s my response….
So what if it’s been done before? There are FAR more people in need of your gifts than there are people giving those gifts.
Write that down and make it your mantra for the next 40 days if you need to. There are far more people in need of my gifts than there are people giving those gifts.
It doesn’t matter whether you want to become a full-time life coach or start up a side gig as a makeup artist. The world needs your talents. Yes, other people have done it. Other people are doing it right now.
But no one does it in your unique way.
So when you think, “So many people already do this thing I want to do,” recognize this voice for what it is: your ego. The fastest way to take away its power is to laugh at it and ask, “So what?”
3. Feeling overwhelmed by everything you need to do
Often we don’t follow through on our great ideas because we get so overwhelmed by how much we need to do to achieve the end result.
Again, the answer here is a lot more simple than you may think: Take lots of little right actions.
As I’ve shared before, this is the key to doing anything, no matter how big it is.
An example of how little right actions can add up
Here’s an example scenario to illustrate what little right actions look like. Let’s say you work 9 to 5 at a corporate job, but you want to become a yoga teacher and open your own studio one day.
In this situation, here are some little right actions:
- Research different yoga teacher training options in your area
- Read blogs by yoga teachers about how they got started
- Work out a plan to pay for the training you want to take
- Request vacation days from HR so you can take the training
- Ask 3 to 5 friends if you can teach them for free
Keep your focus on those little right actions and they will add up fast! This is how you follow through on your great idea.
Each day, commit to one little right action. The definition of “little” will vary from day to day. Maybe one day you can devote a few hours to it, whereas on another day you’re so busy that you can only spare five minutes. That’s totally fine. Completing one small action each day is far more powerful than starting and abandoning 10 different tasks.
One simple action you can take right now
One amazing little right action you can take today is to get on the waitlist for my Spirit Junkie Masterclass Digital Course! If you feel called to inspire others by doing what inspires you, this is a truly powerful step to take.
Enrollment is currently closed, but you’ll be notified as soon as it opens in June 2020. Get on the waitlist here.
The Spirit Junkie Masterclass Digital Course is an online course that helps you gain the confidence and tools you need to live your highest purpose, make an impact and earn for your great work.
4. Fear of stepping outside your comfort zone
We get comfortable with what we perceive to be safe. When you’re scared to step outside your comfort zone, you’ll never follow through on your great ideas. This is because as soon as you have to try something new or encounter an obstacle, you’ll get scared that your discomfort is a sign that something is wrong.
Stepping out of your comfort zone will require courage. But it’s much easier to do something a little gutsy when you have faith that you’re being guided!
From a spiritual perspective, your work is to strengthen your faith and practice surrendering.
You strengthen your faith by consciously coming into contact with a power greater than yourself every day. You can begin each day with the morning prayer from A Course in Miracles:
Where would you have me go? What would you have me do? What would you have me say? And to whom?
I suggest following this prayer with a meditation in which you quiet your mind and open up to receive guidance. A few minutes of stillness are all that is required.
Gather spiritual proof
Once your faith is strong, gather spiritual proof! Once we do something for the first time, we have spiritual proof that it works. By test-driving the thing that takes you out of your comfort zone, you will be able to know that it feels safe.
For example, early in my career I really wanted to give talks, but I’d never spoken before an audience so I was scared to get up with a microphone in my hand. I needed to test-drive it. I set up a talk at a community center in my neighborhood and invited everyone I knew. I rehearsed until I knew my talk well. And then I went out there and gave it. As soon as I did it once, I knew I could do it forever! My doubt dissolved.
As you strengthen your faith and begin to amass spiritual proof, you’ll quickly learn that discomfort is not a sign that you’re going down the wrong path. You’ll welcome it as a sign of growth and you will know you are being guided and supported.
You will also learn that obstacles are detours in the right direction. Your path may take surprising twists and turns. But as long as you stay in faith and take action, it will unfold before you.
Celebrate the miracle moments
For a long time I had a “What’s next?” mindset. I would work hard to achieve a goal, and once I did I’d immediately be focused on the next thing.
Not surprisingly, this mindset did me no favors and almost made me burn out. I didn’t take the time to celebrate the awesomeness! I have since learned how important it is to take time to celebrate the miracles and have fun along the way!
Acknowledge your miracle moments and celebrate them. You don’t need to throw yourself a party for sending an email, but the simple act of crossing it off your to-do list and savoring the satisfaction and joy of taking that step will go a long way.
Our energy creates our reality. Ride your positive momentum and it will multiply. Celebrate the big achievements and even appreciate the temporary slowdown that might follow them. During that slower period you can re-energize and clarify your desires. Having fun along the way is the fastest way to get what you want!