How To Turn Imagination Into Results (In 9 Steps)

Having an idea is the easy part. But how do you make your idea a reality? Every project goes through three stages: imagination, strategy and execution. All three are equally important parts of the creative process. You don’t have to be a genius. You don’t have to be a brilliant artist. If you follow this process (and stick with it), your idea will manifest into reality.

Imagination:
The first step to every huge breakthrough is imagination. Hard work is important. But if you don’t start each project with an open, imaginative mindset, your hard work will not lead any place meaningful. “Imagination is more important than knowledge.” –Albert Einstein

Strategy:
Imagination is extremely helpful (for awhile). But at a certain point, you need to focus your mind and get to work. The first step of turning your imagination into results is laying out a strategy. It’s important to evaluate the world around you and understand the pros and cons of your idea. How can you tweak it to make it better? Is there any fat you can cut? Your strategy is what makes your idea more actionable.

Getting Sh#t Done:
This is where most people quit. There are many good ideas out in the world. Your challenge is to not give up on your idea when the sledding gets tough. The weight of ideas that never lived to see the light of day would sink the Titanic. The most important thing to remember is this: show up to work every day. It’s that simple. You don’t need to be a genius. You don’t need to have an amazing network. Just show up to work every day. The love you invest in your ideas will be seen in the end result.