Too many ideas? Narrow down with this 60-second exercise

Too many ideas? Narrow down with this 60-second exercise

Do you suffer from TMIS? I do!

And no, it’s not the syndrome of sharing too-close-for-comfort details with those who aren’t ready to receive ’em, although I totally fit in that bucket, too. #thisonetimeatbandcamp #TMI

For this post, though, we’re talkin’ Too Many Ideas Syndrome.

Writers, creatives, entrepreneurs, aspiring entrepreneurs, dreamers and kids seem to be big sufferers of this. So, basically, we’ve ALL experienced this at some point, if not right now!

Recently, I stumbled upon an old article on how to overcome Too Many Ideas Syndrome. It’s geared toward writers and is packed with grrreat ideas on narrowing down. But something big happened for me when I read the following:

Award-winning screenwriter Cynthia Whitcomb, who has sold 70 screenplays and seen 29 come to the screen, puts on a chef’s hat [when she’s overwhelmed]. Her advice:

“Think of your ideas like pots on the stove in the kitchen of your creative mind. Lift the lids and look inside. One of them is always closest to being soup. Write that one first.”

Cynthia’s method for narrowing down topics is not only GENIUS, but it could be applied to *anything* that needs narrowing down.

And what if…instead of just visualizing, we put this to pen + paper?
And what if…we gave ourselves a limited amount of time to decide?

What if we gave our all-knowing, all-too-ignored intuition more of a chance?

Could a HUGE answer surface for us within 60 seconds?
Could it really be that simple?

It is.

Every. single. person. I’ve tried this with in real-time has had a BIG-time AHA. Whattt? Things like:

  • “Omg. Brilliant.”
  • “Perfect. It’s THAT simple. Wow.”
  • “This was SO helpful. I really liked the activity. Simple and easy to visualize, and makes things seem not so scary.”
  • “That was awesome.”
  • “YES! Loved this. Simple and easy.”
  • “So fun.”

So, if YOU have any form of overwhelm with ideas, tasks, thoughts, desires, [insert your plural thing here], I want you to try this, too!

(This is pretty geared toward those things you’ve been putting off, but you do you! Customize it if you want. Because you can!)

Ready?

LEZ do this!

  1. Grab a piece of paper and a pen.
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  2. Draw 4 circles on the paper like a stove top.
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  3. In each of those circles, write one thing you’ve been putting off/haven’t quite gotten to yet.
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    These should all be things that have some element of scariness to them — but in a good way. You know it would be good for you to do these things — but again — you haven’t quite gotten to them. It could be project-related or self-care-related. Write what IMMEDIATELY comes to your mind..
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  4. Pretend each of these four things are simmering in their own pot on the stove.
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  5. Then, visualize yourself peeking into each pot — one at a time — seeing which one is closest to a boil based on which one you DESIRE to move forward with the MOST.
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  6. Circle or underline that One Thing!
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  7. THERE you GO! You just narrowed down and got some clarity in 60 friggin’ seconds.
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    I hope this showed you that quite often, the answer is right in front of us, the answer is within us. Things are MUCH more simple than we THINK.

I’d LOVE to know how this went for you. Comment below, yeah?

And…if you’re feeling fired up and ready to move forward on that One Thing, join me in my next online program!

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