You’ve likely heard the saying, “Don’t take ‘no’ for an answer.” But if you did take it for an answer in the past, it’s possible you never saw your idea or plan through to a successful completion.


Change Your Reaction to Take Action

No matter where you travel in life or what you accomplish, there are always roadblocks that keep your ideas stuck in your head and naysayers ready to shoot them down. While you can’t change that, what you can adjust is the way you react to those roadblocks, so that you are able to keep your eyes on the prize - bringing your idea to life. Let’s take a look at 9 effective ways to do just that - plus a bonus tip at the end!

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“WIIFM” is your “What’s in it for me?” statement. Keep your “WIIFM” written and visible. It is your inner reason for why you want to bring your idea to reality. Let your inner reason statement – your WIIFM – remind you of why you’re taking action to implement your idea.

2. Accountability Partners

If you have someone else to whom you feel responsible for your idea progress, you are more likely to follow through with your intentions. Accountability partners can be just you and another person like a Coach, a group of like-minded individuals, industry masterminds, or executive advisory boards. Choose a partnership that lends expertise and positivity to your idea. It is rare to find a successful entrepreneur who hasn't had multiple coaches. It is one of the greatest ROI's you'll ever make. 

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3. Vision Board

Create a vision board and keep it visible. A vision board is any medium you use to display images that represent what you want to accomplish in your life or your profession. The medium may be paper, cardboard, poster board, or cloth. There are online tools that enable you to create a “virtual” vision board. You find pictures and words that represent your dreams and goals in life and secure them to your vision board. Once created, make sure you mount your vision board in an area you see regularly (if it’s a tangible physical board) or that you can access regularly from your computer or mobile phone.

4. Don't Tell Everyone

Your friends and family love you, but they don't always know what's best for you. Only YOU do. So, you'll have to make some hard decisions about what you tell them and what you don't. What you want them to help you with and what you don't. When they say, “Oh, but you could get hurt!”, consider that they say this out of concern for your well-being. By weeding out exactly what you want your loved ones to know, you will eliminate  detours and dead ends on your path to implementing your great idea. Doing so may allow less room for hard feelings later. Be prepared to let someone go or place them in the background of your life in order to take action your idea.

5. Associate with People Who Support You

Associate with people who will support you – emotionally and otherwise. The journey from idea conception to implementation can be a lengthy one, but it doesn’t have to be a lonely journey. Make a conscious effort to network with others in your industry or area of interest. Form project partnerships and alliances with those who have been down your road before or are passionate about your idea. If you can benefit from additional education in order to implement your idea, sign up for a class and interact with other people with similar mindsets.

6. Get Away from Familiar Surroundings  

Whether you take a vacation or just a day to have some fun, engaging in something other than working on your idea allows you to come back refreshed and with new perspectives.

7. Listen to and Read Positive Messages

There is a never-ending supply of inspiring and motivational web sites, podcasts, and self-help books that can help you move forward with your idea. Read, listen to, and watch regularly to feed your mind, keep it nourished with positive messages, and maintain your success mindset for idea journey.

8. Get Rest, Eat Well & Get Check-ups

In order to persist with your idea for the long haul, your mind and body must be able to perform. Keep your physical and mental health tuned-up and detailed for maximum performance throughout your journey.

9. Ask a Kid

Let the knowledge and perspectives of younger generations guide you in accomplishing your goals. Ask a kid if it can be done. With their exposure to new technology, youth can help you discover the potential value of using the next best thing as tools in your toolbox of resources. They feel valued in the process.


Look within yourself. Return to your “WIIFM” to see if it’s still your drive and your passion. Then continue in spite of naysayers and roadblocks.

When you move to push your idea or plan to completion, roadblocks to your journey are inevitable. Follow these strategies along the way for encouragement and the “breaths of life” you need to stay energized, motivated, encouraged, and engaged in making your idea a reality.

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Author, Sylvia Henderson

Sylvia Henderson is the founder of Idea Success Network and CEO of Springboard Training LLC. Her passion is getting people to recognize their own brilliance and take action on their ideas. Sylvia is the author of Hey, That’s My Idea!  How to Speak Up and Get Recognized for What You Know and Think, as well as numerous other books and info products. Sylvia has been recognized as the EPNET Legacy Professional Speaker for 2011. She has received the National Speakers Association’s John Jay Daly and Chapter Member of the Year awards and is a DTM-level Toastmaster. She is a Certified Dream Coach(TM), a Certified Instructor of Trainers for the Girl Scouts of the USA, and is a Certified WHY Discovery(TM) Coach. Sylvia also hosts a cable TV program on MMC-TV Channel 16 called Think About It!, which focuses on professional development topics and idea implementation successes.

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