"Write blog post about life bubbles when I get home." says the message in my Google doc.

Only by the time I get home, I’ve forgotten what life bubbles are, and also forgotten where to find the note in my Google doc.

Are you like me? An ideas person? You've got notebooks, real and virtual, filled with reams of ideas, half-started books, plays, projects, notes about chapters, outlines of topics, collections of lists of all the things you’re going to do in your business. Here’s one of mine:

  • Coaching
  • Mastermind groups
  • Live events
  • Online courses
  • HYL summit
  • A Hell Yes Life by Norman Bell (the international bestseller)

And so on. These are all things I want to do, but often I find myself writing about what I want to do instead of actually doing what I want to do. Staying in IdeaLand is one of the ways I’ve found that the fear in me keeps me stuck. I’m like a deer in headlights inside a bubble, the Idea Bubble. And in a way, I’m safe as long as I keep spinning around in that bubble, coming up with more and more new ideas, ideas that I’ll never actually pursue because they’ll be blotted out by new ideas, pushed down the page of my Google doc, lost on an obscure Evernote recording, jotted on page 87 of a notebook like the one I’m writing in now.

Staying in IdeaLand is one of the ways I’ve found that the fear in me keeps me stuck. I’m like a deer in headlights inside a bubble, the Idea Bubble. And in a way, I’m safe as long as I keep spinning around in that bubble, coming up with more and more new ideas.

What’s the solution to the problem of being stuck in an IdeaLand?

It’s simple, obvious, and unromantic: Take action.

Did you hear the idea-making part of your brain right now when I read those two words?

"Take action? Oh blah blah, that old thing. Anyway, boy have I got a great idea for a tent that float down the river! Oh shoot, someone already came up with that idea..."

Take action.

Will any action do? Yes, but to find the best action, ask is this a "planning-to-do" action or is this a "doing" action.

"Planning-to-do" actions are necessary - as are ideas of course! - but doing actions are the ones that will make you feel like you’ve accomplished something, and with doing actions there’s an opportunity to get into one of the most blessed states of consciousness you can experience: the Flow State (more about that in another blog post.)

For me this blog post is an example of a doing action. I’m not jotting down the name or topic of the blog post, followed by the name or topic of 100 others I’m someday going to write. I’m writing it. And then I’m going to post it. And then I’m going to send it to my email list. And if you’re reading this it looks like I’ve already done the last two.

"Planning-to-do" actions are necessary - as are ideas of course! - but doing actions are the ones that will make you feel like you’ve accomplished something, and with doing actions there’s an opportunity to get into one of the most blessed states of consciousness you can experience: the Flow State.

In 2017 I did a lot of doing. I launched the Hell Yes Life podcast and interviewed dozens of amazing entrepreneurs, artists, adventurers, authors, and speakers who all have one thing in common: They’re living their Hell Yes Life.

This year, I’ve been focused on starting my coaching practice - HYL Coaching - so I can help other people move out of IdeaLand and take action so they can start living there Hell Yes Lives.

I currently have space for two new clients, so if you’re currently stuck in IdeaLand and not sure how to move forward, or need help and accountability in taking action then schedule a complementary 30 minute strategy session so we can see if it makes sense for us to work together.

Whether it’s with a coach a mastermind group a mentor or an accountability buddy, I have found that having some kind of accountability helps me get out of IdeaLand and in the action.

Whether you choose to work with me or someone else, I encourage you to take some kind of "doing" action today towards your dreams.

Anything. Just stumble forward. Let go of doing it right, or doing it perfectly, and take one of your IdeaLand ideas and just run with it.

If you want some accountability, then drop me a line at norman@hellyeslife.com and tell me what you’re going to do today. Or just leave a comment in the comment section below.

Good luck! 🙂

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