New Ideas for a New Year

December 30th, 2010 by | Print

 

If you don’t already have your solopreneur strategy set for 2011, you are likely trying to come up with several new ideas that will help your business boom in the new year. But how can you come up with solid ideas that have a strong likelihood of succeeding?


Here are 4 tips to get you started:


1. Big results come from big thinking.
Do some research and you will find that roughly 80% of our daily thinking is negative. We focus much of our thinking around what can’t be, what won’t work, why something is a problem, and so on … This habitual shrinking thinking leads us to create ideas with a much smaller focus. We perceive the world of possibility to be much smaller than what it really is. Start by turning your thinking around and focus on what you do have and what you can do.


2. Get inspiration.
Sometimes hanging with the right people and reading about other success can inspire you to think bigger and take action. One reason why many of us think smaller (and thus, limit our actions) is we simply think the bigger ideas aren’t possible. However, when you network with other successful people who have overcome some of the current roadblocks that are obstructing your way, you can see that these are people who have no greater power than you do. They just have figured some things out that you are still struggling with … the primary one being finding the harmony of their strengths, their experience and their passion with a clear path to achieving their personal, professional and financial goals.

Take Oprah as an example. She is arguably the most influential woman in the world. Did she have some special powers or a leg up on other entrepreneurs? Let’s see … she was born into poverty, raised by a single mom, molested and raped starting at the age of 9 and became a single mom by the age of 14. Not the best start. What did she do that made it possible for her to become the megapower she is today? Go do your homework. Here’s some of her bio to get you started.


3. Ask questions.
You can’t get the answers you are looking for without taking the time to come up with a series of important questions first. And when you are asking questions, make sure you have your big thinking brain turned on. Let the questions flow at first. Then cross out any questions that are not in line with your strengths, your experience, your passion and have the possibility of helping you achieve your goals.


4. Scribble it out.
Get yourself a pencil or a pen and some paper. Don’t be afraid to make a mess. Think about the free form creation time you had in kindergarten, scribbling out, painting and coloring wherever your imagination took you. Creative thinking in business requires the same. You may not put the finger paints to use, but you can accomplish a great deal by scribbling out thoughts using just a pencil and paper. Don’t be afraid to make a mess.


Once you have your ideas, don’t forget to take the time for some research and planning before implementation. Without these critical steps, you will lack the commitment and vision to see them through.


My best wishes to you my solopreneur friend for a successful start to 2011.


Just a quick note to let you know that Maria, my Small Biz Break partner, and I will be kicking off a great new coaching program in the new year to help you go from cruise control to crushing it in your business.


All the Best,


Doug Dolan
The Solopreneur’s Guide

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