I’m having a hard time getting this started (product birthing pains)

product-concept

product-conceptI have an excellent idea for a product I can easily and quickly create, sell and earn from. Really… It’s tailored for me ๐Ÿ™‚ Let me share something with you.

When you are being taught about product creation, what do they usually tell you? Mostly they tell you you can do one of two things: either create a product of your own, from scratch or get a ready made product and make it “your own” by modifying and improving it. Right?

Well, I like to use a third method which I like to call “product integration”. What does it mean? Simply put it means taking ready made elements and combining them together in such a way they will make a new, fully formed and whole, new entity.

I’ve used this method successfully in the past, several times, and created products that people really loved. In the last few days I was trying to get a new “integrated” product on it’s way. But I’m kind of stuck ๐Ÿ™

I have everything I need for this project:

  • I have a mental image of what it should look like.
  • I have all (or most) of the components I need.
  • What I don’t have, I know where I can get it (and it’s cheap, too).

Still – I’m unable to get it passed the first stage on integration. Somehow it does not feel “right”… The pieces do not fall into place like they should…

Do you know what I’m talking about? Have you experienced this kind of blockage?

What do you do when this happens to you?

Let me share with you what I do and you can add your thoughts in the comments below.

The MachineMy first reaction to getting stuck is simply trying it again. Maybe using a different combination (trying to fit the pieces together in a different way) but still striving to the same end result. Makes sense, right?

Sometimes this simply does not work and I need to do a “hard reset” (Ever had a Nokia smart phone? If you did then you probably know what I mean ๐Ÿ™‚ ). What I mean is, take a step back and examine the whole plan again. If the plan still looks solid to me, I take a second look at my goals and force my mind to focus on the steps that will get me there in the fastest, easiest way. Once my subconscious mind get a clear vision of the goal, it will take the necessary steps to get me there ๐Ÿ™‚

Another major roadblock for me is the fact I’m a perfectionist. I just can’t get myself to cut corners and produce something I’m not totally happy with. When that causes me to get stuck, I start thinking about the people who are going to consider my product and try to see it through their eyes. If it will makes good sense for them I put my hesitations aside and regain focus of the goal.

Why am I telling you all this? The last 2-3 days where very frustrating for me. I had an excellent idea, I already have all the components I need, I even told some people about my plans (nothing like being accountable to motivate you, right?) but I was not able to get this thing going.

So today I’m doing my “hard reset”. Wish me luck ๐Ÿ™‚

13 Replies to “I’m having a hard time getting this started (product birthing pains)”

  1. Hi Ely,

    Congratulations on starting your blog!

    Just a couple of thoughts.

    1) Why don’t you run your actual concept past your target market (or a focus group), eg. your Group on Facebook?

    – this is a form of Mastermind in action, where the product you will get will be much greater than the sum of the parts.

    – all it will take is one bit of inspiration from outside yourself to catalyze you in the right direction.

    2) Why don’t you run the concept past a cluey friend, who you trust, who is honest?

    – you’ll get a perspective that’s not your own. Hey, song writers do this and ofter take the song to completion.

    All the best with your product!

    Best regards,

    John.

    1. That’s a great advice John – thank you.

      I sort of did this with this one and certainly have done so in the past, with other projects.

      I’ll be happy to share my results (good or bad) when I have any.

      Thanks again,
      Ely

  2. Hi Ely, Hey why do you think you are stuck? you seem to be right on target with all your tasks… That’s a great optin form you’ve put up and thanx for the relevant gifts you’ve put in there. Will help me with my form for sure.
    Well, wishing you success in whatever that’s bothering you and also for the QSC. Hope to be back here soon,
    Nergis

  3. Hi Ely!

    When I get stuck with something big I’m trying to do I always try to take a step back to see the whole picture instead of focusing so hard on just the point were I’m stuck and usually that gives a more clear view of what can be done ๐Ÿ™‚

    Dennis

  4. Hi Ely
    Well done for having a product in mind and deciding to sort out your “sticking” point.

    I know a little but what you mean. I think the hardest part of having an idea is the first bit of doing it. Just get a piece of paper and write it all down. Look at it before going to bed and during the night your mind will be working on it. You might wake up with a light bulb moment!
    All the best
    Kay

    1. Hi Kay,

      Yes, you are right, it’s always a good idea to let the mind work things out without me interfering ๐Ÿ™‚ Sometimes I even let days go by without implementing if I feel it’s not fully “cooked” yet ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Hi Ely,

    An interesting slant on this topic, I can resonate with you. I too find it difficult sometimes to just decide on one particular issue. For example, I have looked at absolutely loads of themes, but still haven’t found one I am 100% happy with. I am sure you will get it all to fit into place in the end.
    I wish you much success in your challenge.
    All the best,
    Kevin

    1. Thank you Kevin!
      Yes, I was able to overcome the blockage and I am moving forward with the product. I’ll be sharing more details about it soon.
      Ely

  6. Hi Ely , i use the same system to create products for a while , talking about being a perfectionist ! I got mad all the time till i did not get satisfied. Now i use this method :
    I get a main product and i give same complementary , and useful , bonus products bundle .This way i can focus on marketing my main product better. Just my experience . I’m curious to know what kind of product you are talking about.
    Good luck
    Frank Moreno

  7. Hi Frank,
    Thanks for sharing. Yes, I know all about funnels ๐Ÿ™‚ and I have created some along the way – many with a free front offer and some related back-end paid products.
    The product I’m working on now is a bit different from other products I’ve done in the past. It’s not software (I did a WP plugin last year), information product (had a few of those as well), graphics (done that too), a service (yes, that too is in my resume) or stuff like that. It’s actually all of this combined ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ll reveal more in my next post…
    Ely

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