Tuesday, December 27, 2005

How do you know if you are an idea person? Are you creative? Can you create ideas without trying too hard? What does an idea person do that other people don't?

Idea people look at what can be instead of what is right now. They look at the possibilities and opportunities, instead of the obstacles and problems.

If you present an idea person with a problem or challenge - they will immediately look for the opportunity that lies within the problem or challenge.

An idea person will look at the problem as an opportunity to do something different or to improve upon what's already being done currently.

An idea person can develop ideas rapidly, but rarely do you find one who stops at the first right answer. She will continue to develop ideas until she finds the best answer for the situation at hand.

Are you an idea person??


Saturday, December 24, 2005

Have you ever experienced idea overload? What the heck is idea overload, you ask?
You know - those times when you have so many ideas and insights, yet lack the time and energy to pursue any of them.

On one level, I am very thankful to have an abundance of ideas, on the other hand, how do I or you choose the right idea, at the right time, for the right reasons?

I don't know about you, but I am one of those people who is always looking for ways to improve the way that I operate and I am always asking the question - "What if.." or "Why does it have to be done that way?" or any number of other questions that seek to get to the root of an issue or to seek a different way to do a particular thing.

The key to avoiding idea overload is to develop a system to record your ideas - that could be something as simple as a piece of paper or elaborate a recorded tapes and CD's alphabetized by topic sequestered away in a top secret vault 10 feet below ground - ok, I am kidding, but you get the point.

Keep your mind clutter-free - don't try to remember everything, write your ideas down and more importantly, work on the idea that will be the most valuable use of your time at the moment. If you choose to work on all of your ideas, none of them will get done, which means you will continue to live in the land of coulda, woulda, shoulda instead of the land of results, achievements, and accomplishments.

Take action on that idea and persist until you reach your goal.

I wish you much success in 2006.

Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!!

Sunday, December 18, 2005

I am in the process of marketing my book, The Idea Journal, and I have read numerous books and looked at various marketing programs from SEO to email marketing and I am at a loss as to where to start besides the obvious stuff.

There is definitely not a lack of resources out there to help you, I am interested in the programs that actually work and are not just hype. I believe that I am selling a valuable product that will help people tremendously - I just need to find the right medium to get it in front of the person who needs it.

Isn't that how it is with any product or service you are selling? It really does not matter how good it is if nobody knows about it.

If you have ideas related to how I can market my book on a shoestring, please email me at ideajournal@ideamerge.net.


Monday, December 12, 2005

The hardest part of any creative challenge is just getting started. I know that when I need to get something done, I think about it for a while and then at some point I get to it by doing SOMETHING - it could be something as simple as creating a mind map of the challenge or opportunity or it could be that I grab a 3x5 index card and start to write my thoughts out.

As soon as I get my thoughts written down, the challenge begans to take shape and as I add more details - more information flows out of me and before you know it, I have enough information to get me started in the right direction.

How do you get started? Do you stare at a blank screen or blank piece of paper waiting for inspiration to come up and introduce herself to you - "Hi, I am your Inspiration, feel free to use me anyway you like..." - Not a chance, you must do something before the inspiration will show up to assist you in your endeavors.

What gets you going? Take a walk, listen to music stretch, write out the first thought that comes to your mind - using one of these techniques should get you started - try it!!


Sunday, December 11, 2005

I have just completed a wonderful book called The Idea Journal - basically it is a 115 page book that is all about helping people become more successful by combining the concept of journaling with ideas, creativity, and goal setting.

In the book, I ask you a series of questions and you write the answers to those questions. As you consistently and honestly answer the questions, you will see that you have everything you need within you to live the life of your dreams.

I called it The Idea Journal because I want this book to be a catalyst for people to pursue their goals and dreams. I don't know about you but I have all of this potential within me and while I am successful in my chosen career, I know that there is more out there for me - meaning more peace, more joy, more wealth, more prosperity, more abundance, more charity, more giving, more ideas, and more ways to make my life on earth really mean something.

That is why I created The Idea Journal - I am only charging $14.99 for it, but I probably should be charging more. That is ok because, I had learned just as much by writing it as I am sure you will - it was an enlightening experience and I look forward to writing many more books in the future.

Visit my website at http://www.ideamerge.net/products to find out more about The Idea Journal - don't pass up this opportunity to get a book that may very well change your life.

Think about this - the idea or concept that can change your life is already within you - you have to find a way to navigate through all of the other stuff that you are occupied with to find it and take action on that idea - good luck.


Friday, December 09, 2005

Hey there - I am looking for people to share stories with me about having great ideas at some point in the past and for whatever reason deciding not to pursue the idea and ...

One day you looked up and you saw the very same idea that you had, making some one rich or making a difference in other people's lives -

How did you feel when you saw your idea just as you imagined it?

Did seeing your idea come to life make you feel sad at the missed opportunity or did you marvel at the fact that someone had the very same idea as you and decided to pursue it?

If you have a story like this I would like to hear about it and maybe even use it on my website for people to learn from - you can help someone else by sharing your story, because you can bet someone is experiencing the same situation right now - help me to help others with your experience. Email me at: tellmystory@ideamerge.net.


I attended a networking session yesterday in East Orlando - I am blown away at the number of people out there making things happen and hustling to succeed in their businesses.

I met a person who is operating a virtual office concept - great idea for small businesses. I also met a guy who is not only a website/3D Graphics/Network Specialists.... - he will even help you chop down trees in your yard while your hard drive is being cleaned - talk about maximizing your time - that is amazing.

The key element to any networking organization is not "what can you do for me" or the famous -WIIFM - "What's In It For Me" - instead it should be "What Can I do For You" or "How Can I Serve You."

Have you ever heard the saying - I don't know who said it, but it goes - fuel drives the economy, but Ideas drive the world.

What world changing ideas do you have to contribute....


Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Have you every wondered where the really great ideas come from? I know I have, especially at those times when you need an idea. Sometimes you just want to go to an "idea bag", reach in and grab a great idea out.

That would be an awesome thing if we could do that. I mean, you need a million dollar idea - go to the idea bag and get one. You need ideas to improve your performance on the job - go to the idea bag and get one of those too.

I know it is not that simple but if you think about it - it actually is - that simple, because we all have in our possession the ultimate idea bag - it's called a BRAIN!

As a matter of fact, I need to reach into my bag and grab an idea for this briefing i have to give -- later....

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Well, this is my first post on my new Blog - Idea Pipeline. WOW!! What a wonderful idea. The founders of this company set out to do something else yet here they are providing a service that allows us to speak to the world- expressing our own originality and uniqueness - Thanks!!

I want to hear from people who have thought of great ideas in the past, only to see those ideas promote and capitalized on by someone else. I call this the Idea That Got Away. If you have any of those let me know - I would love to hear about it.

Anyway - that is it for now..

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