Three days of reflection

Being able to think of new ideas on a regular basis is both a curse and a blessing. This state of mind is a similar problem to “Shiny Object Syndrome”.

Without wanting to sound arrogant, I have a tendency to think of new project ideas almost all of the time. Most of my random insights crash and burn within minutes of their first inception within the bounds of my sometimes chaotic brain. Any idea that survives beyond the normal first round of internal cross examination might bubble to the surface and trigger a level of excitement enough to instigate some form of action.

The first mistake easily made with a new born idea is to ignore any imperfections and ride the wave of elation for as long as possible. After all, why would you want to wake from a great dream if you could avoid doing so?

After getting the initial rush of a seemingly unique idea or invention, the reality starts to get a grip. Firstly of all one might share the idea with family or friends, the sooner the better to rekindle the initial high. Assuming the idea holds up to the friendly fire of rubber bullets from friends and family, the next thing to do is look into how unique the idea really is on Google.

The Google search is the junction point for most ideas. Depending on what is revealed at this stage can either sustain the fantasy if there’s no apparent competition, or it has the power to annihilate the dream in an instant.

If there are an abundance of similar offerings then the reaction could be perhaps it’s not such a good idea after all which evokes an abrupt decent from cloud nine back to earth. On the other hand, if the search results are interpreted as a level of popularity and validity, then the precious concept remains alive for a while longer.

If the Google axe falls in a manner we deem favourable and assuming the idea is not destroyed by a ricochet bullet from a family member or friend from early on, then we are left with something we are eager to develop straight away. This is when self-control and reflection is required. I say this from experience and the trail of started and incomplete projects I have behind me so far.

What I have learnt from my journey of developments to date, is to give an idea some time to validate itself, let the dust settle a little. I have found that even in only a matter of three days of thinking about an initial idea can often be enough to filter out what might otherwise become an ineffective, costly distraction.

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