Surfing the web is dangerous for me; I find small business ideas everywhere.
The rush of discovering new information, a new tool, or service is like a drug to those of us who LOVE new stuff. One brilliantly titled headline and I am just like Alice in Wonderland down the rabbit hole begrudgingly finding my way back to the surface after an hour (or two) of exploration. Sometimes I end up finding amazing resources other times it’s a real time waster. And then there are times when the overload of new business ideas and information leads to mental paralysis and indecision.
Have you ever been there? I bet you have. I often have clients tell me they have so may ideas and interests and possible directions that it’s hard to choose which way to go. They spin their wheels searching for the one absolute holy grail of insight that will tell them which idea they should pursue. Maybe there will be a sign from an article they read, a conversation with a mentor, a serendipitous tweet that shows up in their Twitter stream – anything that will help them make a decision.
While it can be exciting to have so many options, it can also be overwhelming if you don’t have a system for choosing and taking action.
When too many business ideas have whipped me into a mentally chaotic state that keeps me from moving forward, I get clarity by focusing on two simple questions:
- What now?
- What next?
The answer to “what now?” focuses my attention on the next milestone I am working towards. Right now, my next milestone is publishing my book, Reclaiming Your Brilliance. This book is just a piece of the vision that shapes the question “What’s Next?” Armed with those two answers, it becomes easier to identify the next actions I need to take. It’s important to tie your answer to action – otherwise you stay stuck.
Are you having a tough time trying to choose which business ideas to pursue?
If you have a clearly identified, written vision for the life and business you want, it will be easy to pick out what your “Now” milestone is. If you don’t have a clear vision of your destination, confusion and indecisiveness about the path you take is inevitable: you can’t create a map to a place that doesn’t exist. My suggestion: hold on to your ideas – write them down in a sketch pad or notebook, and stop trying to make a decision until you’ve gotten crystal clear about what really matters to you and what the big picture is for your life.
Every day you spend distracted by idea overload is another day you put off creating the life and business you really want. If you are not sure how to answer those questions or take action to get unstuck, this is where a Brilliance Catalyst can help. Schedule a complimentary SHIFT Session and let’s talk about how I can help you choose the most profitable business ideas.
Tai Goodwin, is a marketing consultant who specializes in content marketing and online course design. She helps coaches, consultants, and small business owners generate more leads and convert more clients. For more tips on how to build a bankable brand or business, visit www.taigoodwin.com/blog.