Rhonda Maco, ESQ.
Your Little Mustard Seed
What is your little mustard seed of an idea that you would like to bring to fruition? Or perhaps you have two, three or ten tiny mustard seeds you've been carrying around in your head for years. Why are you carrying these seeds around for so long? What if you actually carried around one mustard seed for each bright idea you wanted to bring into the marketplace.....but all you did was carry around the seeds? Chances are the seeds would get lost. Or even worse, someone else would find your lost seeds and cultivate them into something the world will notice. Either way you lose! So why leave your idea to chance by carrying it around without cultivation?
We can all agree that bringing a business venture to life is not an easy process. The fact is, you will probably go through several changes, including tweaking the idea a few times, before it takes flight. That shouldn't scare you one bit. Any budding or experienced entrepreneur knows that perseverance is a key factor in success. However, what should scare you is the thought of allowing the idea to collect dust in your mind for years without any significant progress in growing the idea to its fullest potential. It's time for you to take the bull by the horns and grow your little mustard seed into the viable business venture that you know it can be. If you're having trouble crossing the bridge from thought to action, here's a few helpful tips on how to get started:
1. Buy yourself a Journal. I like to call it a 'Dream Journal'. Use this Journal exclusively for your business idea(s) and always carry it with you. When those bright ideas come to you when you're on the train or on your lunch break, put the pen to paper and write them down!
2. Make a commitment to write in your Dream Journal at least once a week for 30 minutes to map out and develop your idea. As you begin to get more organized (we all have room to grow in the area of organization, trust me on this one), increase the amount of time you write in your Journal, i.e., 1 hour a week or 15 minutes a day. Make sure you assess your life and other commitments before you commit to writing in your Journal. You must be realistic.
3. Do not attempt to edit the initial ideas you place in the Dream Journal. What you want is an unabridged, no-holds-barred Journal where you can write down all of your little mustard seeds (or business ideas). You will edit and cultivate these seeds later, not at this stage. Writing down these ideas will empower you to make them come to life.
The point is that we all have to start somewhere. A good first step is to actually write something down so that you are moving forward. The act of placing the ideas inside your head onto paper is liberating and it allows for other ideas to flow as well.
Don't let your little mustard seed blow away in the wind. Take that mustard seed and make it flourish! Start writing today!