An idea can be a great source of your success if you know how to make it work. Conceiving brilliant ideas is not as hard as making them a reality. Oh yes! In fact, one of the hardest phases of idea implementation is the Point-of-Action (POA). The POA represents the rough part of any idea breakthrough where you will have to deal with all kind of frictions and experience bitter moments on your conceived goals. At such point, you become less passionate compared to how great you felt when you first conceptualized the idea. All you probably thought at the beginning was a rosy engagement. The POA determines whether you become incapacitated by the unfavorable odds that tie around the success of such idea or not.
In this piece, I explain 7 ways an idea can remain futile despite its brilliance and how you can overcome these flaws.
1. Inability to manage scorching criticism: In any idea, there are possible pitfalls and loopholes that can make it appear as lacking intellectual content and value. When you share an idea with people, there is every possibility that only the impossibility that ties around the idea will be seen by them. They are likely going to criticize you and point out reasons why it will not yield a good result. Most times, it hurts and when you are not strong enough, that could be the end of the idea. These reasons pointed out by them may be the pitfalls and errors you need to take a look at. Indeed, that could be the vacuum you need to fill to make your idea work. In fact, these criticisms may be the opportunity to break the unusual grounds in your environment.
When this happens, don’t be unhappy with yourself. Your idea can still gain momentum if you can accentuate the flaws around it and consider overcoming these pitfalls in your strategies and communicate your idea effectively in the next time.
2. The fear of rocking the boat: Fear is the incapacitating father of failure with many grandchildren with the worse names ever. It may not turn as bad as you are thinking. It may not be very worse for you to rise even when you fail at the first execution. Building this confidence is hard but you must navigate the tsunami by building capacity, effectiveness, and efficiency to be able to deliver. Don’t allow yourself to be delayed for too long. Your idea may be staled if not acted upon for many years because of “fear”. Idea moves with trends and you must put things to work on time.
3. Clouding the sense of your vision: Don’t ever step into the game if the vision is not clear to you. You may probably be suffering from vision blindness if your idea is on the ground of fanatical belief rather than the realities of things. There must be clarity of purpose even as you use your inventive capacity. Have a clarity of purpose as you set out for the experiment.
4. Inability to fix a problem: Your idea is nothing if it cannot fix a friction. Problem is everywhere and everyone is seeking a solution to something every minute. The ability of your idea to provide a solution is the timeline between idea generation and selection. You must be able to determine the friction-fixing idea. If it doesn’t provide a solution, you will be betting on a bad idea and you may end up giving up on starting again. However, your idea can receive a warm welcome if you know the difference between idea generation and selection. Learn how to select the friction-fixing idea.
5. Rejecting partnership: One of the best ways to enhance idea is your ability to work with a team. Your inability to involve others may limit capabilities and innovations. A partnership is not bad, the illusion of doing it alone is worse. Your idea can gain momentum if you partner with others that believe in the vision and not just anybody.
6. Sticking with the old hypothesis: In launching idea, there is no static hypothesis. There is always a place to improve based on responses gathered and these responses are not meant to be shunned, they should be gathered for innovations. You can always test and give room for improvements.
7. Annihilating small beginnings: You don’t always have to get everything set at the beginning. And most times, you do less when everything is complete and this places friction on your capabilities. Starting small is not a problem, consistency and commitment will definitely make it big. You can start in a very little way, embrace a little beginning.