I recently came across this great article, “Imagining Your Future Projects Is Holding You Back” by Jessica Abel.
Jessica talks about “Idea Debt”:
Idea Debt is when you spend too much time picturing what a project is going to be like, too much time thinking about how awesome it will be to have this thing done and in the world, too much time imagining how cool you will look, how in demand you’ll be, how much money you’ll make. And way too little time actually making the darn thing.
Bingo. How many times have we all thought of big, epic plans, that just ended up as an excuse for long-term procrastination? The unwritten novel. The unmade film. The un-started business. They all looked spectacular in our minds, didn’t they?
Compare those “epic dreams of greatness” to say, to something more manageable.
Take Aaron Franklin of Franklin Barbecue, who turned a simple food truck in East Austin into probably the most famous restaurant in Texas, who refuses to expand beyond the current single location, simply because to do so “wouldn’t make it better”.
You’re much better off, breaking your dreams down into little, manageable bite-size pieces and getting things done, doing what matters in the moment.
I know. Right?