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Ideas are beautiful

Once in a while we get ideas that seem like rare gems. Because of this, we sometimes hold on to these ideas so intently that we inhibit them from thriving.  This behavior is sometimes due to a lack of understanding concerning the true nature of an idea.

Ideas are not meant to remain the same from inception to maturity.  They are designed to transform, grow and blossom.

Ideas are not meant to remain the same from inception to maturity. They are designed to transform, grow and blossom. Click To Tweet

In truth, ideas are meant to lead you on a fun—and sometimes scary—journey of exploration and experimentation. When we place expectations on how ideas should manifest, we’re essentially stunting their growth potential.

Failure is Good

So, how do we know when it’s time to allow our ideas to level up? In short, failure.

Sometimes, we can be so dedicated to an idea that we continue to pour energy and time into it, even after noting that there aren’t any signs of growth. 

To avoid going down this path, it’s important for us to create a plan for our ideas. We should also establish growth timelines that are reflective of the energy and resources that we’re pouring into the development of our ideas.

This will make it a lot easier for us to track our failures. The quicker we are able to identify our failures, and change our methodologies, the faster we can bring our ideas to successful maturity.

In essence, failure is a not a red light— it’s a green light for pivoting.

Failure is a not a red light— it's a green light for pivoting Click To Tweet

Pivot, Pivot, Pivot

The book, “Fail Fast and Fail Often”* offers some solid business advice. However, instead of failing fast, it is much more useful to “Pivot Fast and Pivot Often.”

In fact, the more radical our ideas are, the more pivoting we have to do—this is especially true if we’re working within an innovative field, where we must create our own pathways.

As soon as failure is detected—usually by a missed checkpoint on our growth timeline—we should move into pivoting mode.

Pivoting calls for us to reassess our growth methodologies, tweaking a few processes and taking note of the results that are yielded due to those changes.

Calling it Quits

When we’ve done the testing, market research and pivoted countless times with no viable results, is it time to call it quits? Not quite.

If our idea has failed to reach a notable point of maturity after multiple rounds of pivoting, we should consider moving the idea to a back burner. This will ensure that we do not allow frustration, resentment or low-energy to fester throughout our work.

Here’s why we shouldn’t quit just yet:

Some ideas are so ahead of their time that even after doing all that is possible to stimulate their growth, the timing might just not be ideal.

The good news is that, ideas love company. So while, our amazing ideas is simmering on the low fire, it’s important that we stay open because another idea will be bestowed upon us in due time.

Share your thoughts. Have you been struggling to breathe life into an idea without pivoting? Share your story in the comment section below.

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