Many projects and businesses start on the back of a good idea. There’s nothing particularly problematic about that. However, hidden under the hood of this statement are a few things that could have a big impact on the success of the project. It’s a good idea to take a look at what these are. This blog gives you a little insight in some areas that will help you to ensure that you don’t fall for your own rhetoric when thinking about your project or enterprise.
“It’s a God idea!”
This is a great leveller of a statement. The fact that God has told you what to do may well be the truth as you see it, but is to be used with a health warning. To say ‘God has said’ is to categorically state that the final word on the matter has been given and that’s the end of it. While the seed of the idea may well have come from God (no one is questioning this) the outworking of an idea needs a lot more work and detail than you are likely to get from a broad word from God.
Unless you are Moses you’re unlikely to get an inch by inch blue-print for your idea. It takes input and work to get an idea to launch and beyond. The Bible says that there is wisdom in a multitude of counsellors. If God has said, then if you’re not too careful the voice of wisdom can be crowded out. The fact is that we don’t see the full picture from the start. We get a rough sketch. Joining the dots requires the following:
- Stakeholder involvement
- Market research (not just close family)
- The input of people who you know can give you good advice
There is an old proverb which says ‘fools rush in where angels fear to tread’. Too much analysis can lead to paralysis but the right amount can build confidence and buy-in as well as giving you the opportunity to test your assumptions ‘in the lab’ where learning is less painful.
Thinking about your next project and need to get a sounding board from someone who’s been there and learned some vital lessons, why not talk to one of our team here at The Genesis Foundation.