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how to get by the point of planning and realize instead? Answered



What Kiteman said.

I've got a dozen or so projects or project ideas which I've never followed through to reality :-(

Sometimes the barrier can be cost -- it may be cheaper to buy something than to build it yourself, despite the greater satisfaction. Sometimes the barrier can be complexity or lack of tools (which then feeds back to cost).

Often, the barrier is just fear -- fear of failing, of having the final product not be "as good" as the image you have in your mind, fear of taking too much time, fear of any number of things.

Okay, so I didn't actually answer the question...but sometimes if you can recognize what's holding you back, it's easier for you to move past it.

Great question because all lot of people have this problem in varying degrees.
Fact: You have already started by having the idea and what you see as barriers are only part of any plans creative elements . If you take as an example the cost factor If you see it as a Step, you can think of ways to finance it and organize that and your on your way. If you break your idea into small steps and address them each you are getting there, just by doing it. Of course it's possible that you have a fear of failure or some other "fear" but that's what being human is all about. Good Luck .

in an old episode of Kung-Fu with david caridine he was meditating with a pupil when the child ask "master how long do we meditate" to which the teacher reply's "untill done". The point is plan it, understand it, get up and take action! (Also- Bruce lee put it, to know is not enough to will is not enough we must do!) lay out your plan in steps and keep walking and dont get discouraged by set backs but keep walking.

Depends on the complexity of what you're trying to realize. I like Kiteman's response- sometimes you just have to make yourself start something. But for something bigger or more complex- say starting a business, you may have to revisit your plan first. Using starting a new business as an example... First, lay out all the MAJOR steps. Research the kind of business you want to start, develop a marketing plan, arrange finance, etc. Second, sub-categorized under each major step. Under marketing, you'll want to research a target market, research different medias, develop a marketing mix, etc. Third, under each sub-step, make a note of what you need to do to accomplish that goal and assign yourself a reasonable timeline. For example- to choose a location for your business you must a) talk to the zoning board b) contact your insurance provider and c) tour the location in person, and you will make all three of these calls no later than 10 a.m. Monday morning. Remember, a good plan should ENABLE you, because that is what a plan is by definition. A series of well thought out, chronological steps. If you break it down into small, easily attainable goals and give yourself a timeline in which to accomplish them, before you know it you will have realized the big picture. On the other hand... beware "paralysis through analysis." You need a good plan, but at some point, like Kiteman said... you just have to shut the computer off!

I realize revisiting your plan may sound counterproductive... so for those of you who don't believe in what a good plan can do check out http://www.2hourhouse.com/ and watch their three minute video!

Phil B

9 years ago

Are you talking about a specific project or about tasks in all sorts of areas of life? Alan Lakein (How to Get Control of Your Time and Your Life) advocates the Swiss cheese approach. That is, pick a small, easy part of the task and complete it quickly. Then do the same with another relatively small part of the task. Soon the project is partially completed and has holes where things have already been done, leaving a much smaller and more manageable task. This is especially useful for tasks where we are emotionally conflicted and procrastinate.

Prioritize. Identify constraints that must be planned. The constraints...work through. The other things, if not critical, build as you go. You can easily overplan a project. Keep it simple. If it seems like it's getting complicated, take a step back and see if you can simplify. Kiteman's response is right on. Execution used to be my biggest flaw. Now I execute like a guillotine

Meditate on the thought that everything you know... everything you've seen and heard, tasted, smelled, or felt, has been an illusion. Once you realize that nothing is real, nothing is impossible (or possible).

Switch off the computer, find a space to work, gather what you need and just get on with it.