I want to know.
What’s your big idea?
The one you’re itching to get into the world?
- Is it a new product or service for your existing customer/client base?
- Is it quitting your job to launch a community service organization?
- Is it a new initiative to improve access to healthy food?
- Are you hoping to downshift your business to focus more on your own pursuits and wellness?
- Is it the masterpiece inside you that you’ve not yet shared with the world?
What is it? What is your big idea?
And while you’re at it, tell me what stage of development it’s at.
Which of the following statements would best describe where you are:
This is “The Spark”, where you have the inkling of something you’d like to do and start to daydream about how you need to metaphorically weed the garden of your life and cultivate your soil to allow for the seed to get planted in the future.
This is when you get even more excited and you have what is like a really detailed, full-color “Visual Picture” of your idea in your head. You imagine your idea as being real, out in the world, and where you’re further along in the metaphorical weeding and cultivating stage and have ideas about the seeds, tools, soil conditions, and nutrients you’ll need to plant and cultivate – but if you’re planting, you’re still in the greenhouse.
This is the “Co-Creation” stage, where you’re planting in your metaphorical greenhouse and inviting others to come in and take a look and see what tools and expertise and supplies and nutrients they can offer up to help bring your seeds to life.
You’re deeper into the “Co-creation” stage, not only tending the metaphorical seeds you’ve planted in your greenhouse and using the support that’s come your way, but preparing the site where you’ll move your seedlings or more developed baby plants into the field outside.
You’re even further along in the co-creating stage, planting your seeds in the outside field or transferring your starter plants to the field, cultivating growth. It’s exciting to be out in the world and have it be real.
Your idea is solidly planted in the outside world, and you are cultivating its growth, while you continue to weed and prune and water and add nutrients.
You are beginning to see metaphorical buds or flowers or berries or first bits of harvest-able growth in your beautiful plants, and further along in this stage you’ll be harvesting wholly formed flowers or fruits or yields and celebrating successes more and more.
Next week I’ll write more about the challenges and opportunities of each stage of growth in bringing your big idea into the world.
For a sneak peek at my mastermind incubator group program, Spring Into Being®, launching later this Spring.