Too Many Business Ideas? Get Clarity With Two Simple Questions
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Too Many Business Ideas? Get Clarity With Two Simple Questions

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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.

About the Author Tai Goodwin

Tai Goodwin on a mission to help 10,000 women entrepreneurs create more joy and wealth in their life and business. She's the CEO of Aligned + Bankable and creator of the Bankable Brilliance Course. An intuitive business growth strategist and teacher, her specialty is helping clients create bankable business models that allow them to increase their impact and income without burning out. Tai is a former corporate trainer with a master's degree in instructional design and over 20 years of experience designing course, training programs, and certifications. She is also the author of Girlfriend, It's Your Time and founder of Brilliant Business Girlfriends.

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Asset says

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dialuz says

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srini28 says

Oh this is SO SO SO me. I feel paralyzed by my startup ideas. I have too many. I also know where I want to go in life – that’s not the problem. The problem is that every time I start heading in a certain direction (sometimes months worth of work), it takes me to a point where it’s not clear that I am headed in the right direction (competition, possibility of raising funding, etc. etc. – many reasons). Then I start doubting the whole idea and start retracing my steps (mentally) to where I started and try to head down a new path while putting the first path on hold. This goes on and on. I need help or my head will explode. I do believe I am very creative with ideas, very (over?) analytical, multiple-award winner so I know execution too, but I am struggling with the decision-making.

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    Tai Goodwin says

    Are you struggling with decision-making or commitment? It sounds like you are able to make a decision, but when things come up that you are unsure about, you see that as a sign that you are not on the right path. There is another way to look at it: Those things that come up are he growing phases of your journey that will help shape your purpose. Try this, the next time you fee, unclear, don’t change course; ask for guidance and answers to what you should do next. Seek out answers that will drive you forward rather than have you start over from scratch. You might also e struggling because you are relying only on things you know how to do or feel comfortable doing. Making progress will require that you learn a new skill or find someone that can help you get what you need, whether it’s access, funding, partnerships, or introductions.

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