Bridge the gap between what you want to pursue, and what you actually do

Friend, make a point to bridge the time gap between how long it takes to think up your idea, and actually begin it. Most of the people I see who fall short of what they want to see show up in their lives, miss out not because they lack what it takes to achieve it, but rather, they fall prey to the “law of diminishing intent.” In other words, they never actually get started. They were well meaning, but they never allowed the rubber to meet the road.

Certainly, you want to plan, but you really do need to be careful not to get stuck, as so many do, in the eternal planning phase. Life moves so fast, and pulls us in so many different directions that unless we get into the activity we deem worthy of our time we are far less likely to ever begin. If you want to get more done then cultivate the mindset that you will be a person who puts action to work in your life and bridges the gap between what you want to pursue, and what you actually do.

An amazing thing happens when you get into the activity — the details begin to come together and your own productivity kicks in. Keep in mind the following saying, “what we give our attention too, gets done, more often than not.”

To better keep your attention where it needs to be make use of action lists — using 3×5 index cards, or even reminders on your phone if you prefer, and write down the things you want to give your attention to. Make sure you see those reminders and you’ll have far greater odds that you’ll take action on those items, which will lead to more of your goals becoming a reality. It sounds like simple advice, because it is. Make no mistake, life doesn’t have to be difficult.


It’s Your Life, LIVE BIG!
Josh Hinds

-Anything you would like to add or share about the ideas above are welcome in the comments below.

  • This is so true. And how many others start and then leave some of the best ideas on the table, unfinished?

  • Glad you enjoyed the article Skip. Sadly, there are far to many people that have plenty of ideas, but fall short of making them a reality. The willingness to get started and stick to it once you do are huge.

  • Michele C. Rodriguez

    I have a family Member that has some absolutely incredible business ideas, and has had them for years. They never seem to make the first step in seeing them come to fruition because they battle greatly with perfectionism. So, it’s always about getting everything and everyone and every step perfect before making the first move. They even are hesitant to share their amazing business ideas with some potential investors or those that may be able to educate them on where to start for fear these people they confide their business ideas in, can somehow run with their idea and/or steal it. This has been such an unnecessary delay in what can potentially be life changing for them. Please advise on what I can do to help them!! Thanks. 🙂

  • Michele, you bring up an interesting point. I see a lot of folks who deal with a similar situation, to varying degrees. It is really easy to get caught in the idea that the details have to be “just right” before setting out to truly get started. There is a lot of reasoning why a person would not want to just jump out half cocked on an idea. I get the reasoning behind that in theory, the interesting thing is though, my real world experience (and observation) shows again, and again, that those who, may not have the specifics figured out perfectly prior to launch, ended up doing just fine, and at the least were able to adjust as needed. And the other side of the coin is that, far too often, the person who opts to get as close to perfection as they can, tends to always find something else that needs to be addressed before they can launch. It’s kind of like there’s always going to be something that needs to be worked through, even for the most prepared people, so that being the case, it is just better (in my humble opinion) to be working through whatever those things are in real time. Again, that’s my line of thinking anyway, based on my experience (and hey I’m the first to admit that my experiences may, or may not fit for everyone). I think it’s always worth coming to grips with the fact that we all have different strengths. Here, I’m talking to myself very much as well 🙂 Instead of trying to control every aspect of an idea, and not working with, or partnering with someone who may have had a strength in different areas, folks will end up just having idea, after idea that never gets off the ground. I have probably have a funny way of looking at this, but I don’t put near as much weight on ideas, as I do, ideas that are being worked on. In other words, ideas, are far more common than the ideas with action behind them 🙂 That’s why I think there are so many what I call, “clapper moments” — years ago there was this infomercial product that you clapped your hands and a light turned on. Clap twice, and it turned off. I call them “clapper moments” because we can all identify with one time where we saw some product idea, or business idea, and immediately thought to ourselves, “I thought of that years ago.” We may very well have, but that is the whole problem, we didn’t do a thing with it. It was the person who added action & execution on the great idea that made it real. Ideas, even the most amazing ones float in and out of our mind all the time. That’s why bridging the gap is so very important.

    I did a whole lot of rambling in this But it’s something I am really passionate about.

    The main solution I think is to really grasp the idea that ideas are not real, until they are being worked in some capacity. I also try to remind myself that in the end, I can’t get caught up in the idea of “protecting or keeping someone from stealing an idea I have” and more on just trying to get it out there to others. I also, like to keep a notebook where I will collect my ideas, etc. Not so I can keep them for myself, but rather because I just want to make sure I’ve always got something new I can get to work on whenever I find myself with some extra free time.

    I think one of the best things to do to help is to realize it’s a mindset more than anything I think. Also, that it’s less about doing every aspect of the project, and more about building a team around it, if necessary. Also, they don’t have to be “partners” per se’. One could certainly outsource the idea about to others. I think it’s also worth noting that even if someone does your idea, it doesn’t mean it’s going to be as successful, or exactly the way we happen to do it. In my own life, when I first started with the first site, the motivational community website, there really weren’t that many websites serving that niche (of course this was and since then, many others have taken the same idea, some have done it far better than I do it now. There are always ups and downs, and I think that’s where you want to understand you’re running your own race. Another example that just came to mind. A friend of mine’s brother has the patent on a very popular product, that you see on infomercials all the time, in stores, etc ( I won’t say what it is, because I’m sure he’ll see this, and besides that I want to respect his privacy), but he pointed out to me that the specific product had been knocked off and duplicated countless times. And I see the knockoffs myself all the time, some of them selling in major stores right now. And that’s with his brother having the patent. So while they defend the patent, and eventually stop the knockoff products. It’s an uphill battle. But guess what, they continue to sell it themselves. I still see his brothers infomercial for the product all the time. I’m assuming it does very well just the same. So I think that’s illustrates why it is so important to run your race to the best you can. Look at it as the opportunity to breath life into those ideas. Even if that means that falling short along the way.

    Hopefully some of the ideas above are helpful Michele 🙂