Dreambounded Leaders Flow From Idea Into Action Easily

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I was meeting with a coaching client (we’ll call him John) the other day and there were three of us in the meeting, the third being John’s associate (we’ll call her Gwen). Coaching meetings are mostly idea oriented with the action taking place hopefully before the next meeting. We typically come up with some ideas and things to do, and then during the week various tasks are supposed to be completed by the client. So, I and coaches in general enjoy working with people who execute well.

We can all come up with great ideas and lots of enthusiasm in the meeting but if those ideas don’t turn into action, well . . . that’s an incomplete experience.

In this meeting, my client, John was trying to come up with a way to price a proposal for a company that was a great prospect. The issue was that part of the work was easy to price but part of it was a kind of business development work where what to do wouldn’t be known until the process actually began and revealed various decision points. So, putting a price on work that couldn’t be known ahead of time was a risky thing to do.

We finally came up with a way to price the project that felt good to my client. I then shifted my attention to John’s associate Gwen, and began to talk about various things she was working on. While I was doing that John seemed to be busy working on his computer and focused on whatever he was writing.

After ten or fifteen minutes of talking with Gwen, John let out a small cheer (we were meeting in a restaurant). Gwen and I turned to John and asked what had happened. He said that he had emailed an updated proposal to his prospective client with the pricing approach that we had just talked about and the prospect emailed back that he liked the changes and they would keep moving forward in the negotiations. Needless to say, we all thought that was great.

My point in sharing this story is about transitioning from ideas into action. 

My expectation had been that John would go back to his office and work on the proposal and pricing language and send it out to the prospect within a day or two. I know that John is great at executing things he feels are important, so I was confident that he would be moving the process forward quickly. I didn’t expect that he would move the process forward while we were still sitting at the table in a noisy restaurant.

A couple of things are worth noting here. One, John is a person who is not only open to new ideas but he asks for them from me and others. And two, when he feels that an idea works for him, he puts it into play without delay. In short, John handles his own resistance to doing something new very well, i.e. he shifts naturally from a useful idea into action on that idea.

Transitioning from idea to action can meet with resistance.

You can take a look at my model called the Natural Cycle of Experience that I described in an earlier blog that I wrote called, Your Natural Cycle of Experience. In that model, you will see that Choose to Transition is one of the three possible resistance points in any experience (you will see it when you scroll down the blog to the second model). It occurs between Receiving Mind Consciousness (get an idea) and Organizing Mind Consciousness (Choose to Complete). Moving through this point of potential resistance is fundamental to execution and to the rich and rewarding experiences you want.

The point here is not that getting something done fast is necessarily better – it is about resistance to the unique natural flow of your experience from idea into action. Allow yourself to be aware of those times when you are resisting your own intuition that is telling you it’s time for action. Simply be aware of your resistance without judging yourself. Just by being aware, you will typically support your willingness for that natural transition to occur more and more effortlessly even when you are feeling resistant.

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