Sometimes when I have a new idea, I jump in head first …. Sometimes I let it percolate a bit before deciding to go forward … and sometimes I dabble in it – trying a little here and a little there – seeing how people respond – does this have legs – what will happen if I do this? All of that is fine and the truth is, the idea or program or project or business never gets very far if all I do is dabble. I have proof positive of this from my own experience and I bet you do too. However, when I have really committed to things, I have often seen extraordinary results – beyond which I imagined.
Where have you been dabbling? Have you been dabbling with a business idea? With a new program or product for your business? With the idea for a book?
When I get off the dabbling stool and decide to go for it, that’s when things begin to happen. That’s when I see forward momentum. It doesn’t guarantee me success. Some products and programs and ideas have certainly worked better than others. That’s okay as long as I learn from it and keep going. It’s my opportunity to see what to do different at the next step or stage or program or business.
The fear of failure or fear of success (or some similar derivation) can keep you in dabbling mode forever if you let it.
The key to remember is that if you keep on just dabbling, you are setting yourself up for failure – your idea can never achieve much success from this place.
If you have a fear of success, then it may be time to look at and get support in doing things differently then you have done them before (or watched others who worked too hard). Success does not have to look like working to exhaustion. As a matter of fact, the more I am willing to look at doing things differently, the easier and more enjoyable success gets.
No matter how successful you are, likelihood is there is some idea you are dabbling with. What is in the way of you committing to this idea? To really going for it? To playing it out to see what is possible? To see what kind of an impact you can have if you just get out of your own way?
I encourage you to make a decision one way or another but to quit dabbling. Either decide to go for this idea in a way that is exciting and fun for you or let it go. (or if you have too many ideas to work on at once, put this idea in a folder for later).
When you make a commitment you don’t have to know all the how’s – you probably know one thing you could do right now. Maybe that one thing is to get support. Remember no man or woman is an island. Whatever that step is, take it. And keep committing to taking one step after another each day. You will be amazed at what happens.