An Outside idea: Six impossible things before breakfast.

We were watching Alice in Wonderland, a few weeks ago. At one point, Alice tells the queen that, “One can’t believe in impossible things.” To which the Queen replies, “I daresay you haven’t had much practice. When I was younger, I always did it for half an hour a day. Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”

I don’t dispute the power of a strong imagination and the beauty of having an abundance of ideas but if you’re going to imagine six impossible things before breakfast, you might want to jot them down on your big idea board.

Many entrepreneurs (me included) suffer from a disease of distraction called the shiny object syndrome – the moment they have a new idea, they revel in its brilliance and focus on it at the expense of other more important things trying to make it happen, sometimes abandoning ongoing projects entirely.
They end up chasing one project after another and never actually accomplish anything.

I understand how important it is to stay focused on the things I need to achieve so to combat my shiny object syndrome, we have a BIG IDEAS board. When Sarah or I have a new idea, or dream an impossibility, it goes on our big ideas board. Mastermind9 has been sitting on our Big Ideas Board for 2 years now.

My idea board serves 2 purposes:

  1. it stops me forgetting the idea
  2. It allows me to quickly bring myself back to the task at hand.

A big ideas board can be an actual board, a journal, or a notes app on your phone where you record ALL of your ideas as soon as you have them. This way, you’ll have all your ideas in one place and you’ll be able to quickly identify those that are in line with your brand’s vision.

I love ideas and I love talking about them. If you’d like to talk about some of your big (or small) ideas, book a call, I’d love to hear them.

My questions for you this week are:

  • Do you have shiny object syndrome?
  • Would a BIG IDEAS board help?
  • Which would be the best way for you to store your ideas?

Onwards and upwards my friend.


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