How To Execute On Your Ideas When You Feel Overwhelmed

So you know when you have an idea that you’re like “this is going to make me a bajillion dollars”?… and then you go to start putting pen to paper to start brainstorming your idea… but nothing comes out? You’re literally staring at a blank page and all those amazing ideas that were just in your head seemed to die when you picked up that pen.

The problem is the idea is super abstract when you first start thinking about it so your brain doesn’t know how to process and organize the thoughts. In order to accommodate that, you need to give yourself some structure and help your brain put the puzzle pieces in order so that you can see the whole picture.

For each of these steps, give yourself a set amount of time to do them. If you drag it out, you’ll end up in “analysis paralysis” — you know what I’m talking about! When you’re stuck in “research mode” and you never actually pull the trigger.


1. Get to Googling (and YouTubing and Pinteresting)

Recommended Timeframe: 3-7 days

YouTube and Google are the two biggest search engines in the world… and Pinterest is right behind them. Contrary to what you might think, Pinterest is a search engine not a social site (when’s the last time you were actually social on Pinterest?)

Google will help you get some basic info on the topic and you’ll learn a lot from blogs. Next, head on over to Pinterest. I freaking LOVE Pinterest…. There’s a ton of info there and you will get even more details on the topic you’re looking for (and no, it’s not just recipes and crafts). There’s content on Pinterest for absolutely everything.

Lastly, head on over to YouTube. You’ll find webinar replays, instructional videos and walkthroughs to help you with your topic. You’ll learn so much by just spending a few hours researching your topic and learning about other people who’ve done it before you.

When there’s a new project that I want to work on, I will literally spend a whole week researching everything that I can about the topic… It’s sort of obsessive to the point that I won’t sleep because I want to know everything I can about it. The more I learn, the more I want to learn. If I had to guess, I probably read and listen to at least 50-100 pieces of content about that one topic before I decide how I want to implement it. If that sounds overwhelming, it’s easier to do than to sit in your brain and try to figure out how to organize your thoughts.

As a side note, just because it’s been done before doesn’t mean you can’t do it, too… and just because it HASN’T been done before doesn’t mean it can’t be done. I love to find things that people have used in different industries and repurpose it into something that I can use to give to you.

Make sure that you bookmark all of the stuff that you like — you may not realize it now, but that one little idea that you didn’t think was that big of a deal will be the one thing that reshapes your whole idea.


2. Read Five Books On The Topic

Recommended Timeframe: 30-45 Days

Next, pick out the one major topic that you need to learn to start executing on the idea. Go on Amazon and search for that topic. Find the top rated books and read at least five on the subject. This is my absolute favorite way to learn about a new subject quickly… and if you think you’re not a reader, it’s probably because you’ve been doing it wrong.

You probably haven’t been reading with purpose of applying the information that you’ve learned and you haven’t built the habit of it. It’s sort of like eating healthy or going to the gym… It’s hard at first and then it just becomes who you are.

Related: Reading Is The Cheat Code To Life

Reading just one book isn’t enough… You have to get a few different perspectives and opinions. This will also help you understand common practice, the language and you’ll start developing your own opinions about it.

I suggest you read 10 pages or 1-2 chapters at a time and every time you put the book down, write down the one thing you’re going to implement as a result of what you just read. Doing it this way will help you keep track of your idea and start putting some order in place for it.


3. Take An eCourse (or two or three)

Recommended Timeframe: 30-45 Days

This is something I just started doing recently and it’s been awesome. I truly believe in the saying “people have lived before you”. The people who’ve done it before you have been through all of the trial and error that you have yet to go through. During an ecourse, you’ll learn how to apply the information — not just learn the information. You’ll cut your learning curve by 100% because you don’t have to learn the hard way.

Before you hop into an ecourse, make sure that you verify the success of the person teaching it, go through their free content (they’ll usually have a blog or podcast so you can get a feel for their style and you’ll learn a lot there too) and look for reviews and testimonials of the course.

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14 thoughts on “How To Execute On Your Ideas When You Feel Overwhelmed”

  1. jessica says:

    yes! yes! yes! great list (:

  2. Evelyn Reese says:

    This is a very detailed list with good structure. This would certainly require some focus to implement. I will definitely implement this process as I often get stuck trying to write.

    1. Hi Evelyn 🙂 It definitely will take some focus. For the research parts, I would recommend reading more about the subject you’re writing about… It sparks tons of ideas for great content. Talk to your community and you’ll find that they’re FULL of ideas of stuff for you to write. As for the ecourse, I highly recommend Melyssa Griffin’s Blog to Biz Hive. She’s awesome!

  3. Pam Avoledo says:

    I love Pinterest! Sometimes fashion comes up on my blog and I don’t know certain things. Sure enough,, someone was nice enough to make an infographic for it. It helps so much. Awesome list.

    1. Hi Pam! Not sure what you mean?

  4. Kristin Eckhardt O'Ferrall says:

    I love, love, love this! Great information and insight — I totally agree.

  5. Anthony Ronald says:

    Excellent article, you spoke to me with this as I am an over planner anyway. Love the sequential flow and bonus points for the ‘required time’ suggested.

    1. Hi @anthony_ronald:disqus! So glad you liked it 🙂 The recommended time was definitely for the over-planner in you that wants to keep doing the research so that’s just a little nudge to get you to give yourself a deadline before moving onto the next thing. Otherwise, you end up suffering from analysis paralysis 😉

  6. Gary Savoie says:

    Great article! I find reading a few books or talking my ideas out loud to someone else really helps get me back on track!

    1. I couldn’t agree more! Because I read so much, the first thing I do when I can’t figure out something now is ask myself “who’s been through this before and has written a book about it”…. I call reading the cheat code to life because it gives you the quickest short cut past the learning curve.

  7. Jillian H A Schleger says:

    This is such a well written and informative post – and not dry?? Bravo! I’ve bookmarked so that I can return – cause I get blocks ALL the time lol Thanks for this!

    1. Woohoo! So glad you enjoyed. I know what you mean about those blocks… It’s like the idea is in your head, you just don’t know where to start or how to execute. Happy Empire Building, @jillianhaschleger:disqus !

  8. Andres Sanchez says:

    Excellent insights! I call #1 and #2 the double R (read and research)

  9. nk4eva says:

    Content writing is a crucial part and it plays an important role for increasing visibility of your site as well as for publishing content in blogs and more. Thanks for sharing this information.

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