Today, my Gmail Inbox reminded me of an important idea coaching lesson. As I frantically clicked on it, looking for my new mail, a message box came up with the words in bold, “You can always change your mind.” When I clicked on it again, the headline changed to, “Try them all, keep what fits.” The underlying text urged, “Try out all of the new inbox styles to see what fits you best. You can always switch back if you change your mind.”
I find as an idea coach that there is no shortage of great ideas, especially in a vibrant, creative community such as New York City. Our clients come to us excited about their projects and their big visions. Some even appear “fearless” and immediately start taking the necessary steps to fulfill their dreams. However, most have at least one thing that is holding them back. They come to BE AN iDEA LEADER to be transformed- to get past their obstacles.
There are many fears that are commonly cited: fear of failure, fear of success, fear of commitment, fear of being out of control. In the end, it all boils down to one thing though, and that’s UNCERTAINTY. They are afraid of what they don’t know. They don’t know if they will be financially rewarded for their efforts. They don’t know if they will still be passionate about their idea in 6 months. They don’t know if they will have the time for their idea in the future.
I’ve got news for you. The ONLY way to know is by DOING, or at least “trying” as Google says. Doing does not have to be a scary thing if it is done in small, manageable steps. Think about how Google operates. They introduce their major products, such as Gmail and Google+, using small, invitation-only test groups. They are constantly adding innovations and tweaks to their existing products, keeping the things that work and tossing the things that don’t.
I believe Google has it right when they say “Try them all, keep what fits.” They don’t mean ALL in the literal sense, because there are actually only 5 different inbox styles to try. But the initial stages of an idea are all about TRYING- coming up with 3 to 5 possible markets/approaches for your idea and testing them out to see what fits. The result will never be what you predicted, but that is where the infinite possibility lies.
This blog post is written by an iDEA COACH Jessica Pearl