Ideas Are Worthless Without Execution

Elizabeth Dickerson Career Advice, Elizabeth Dickerson

Ideas are everywhere. 

It’s the execution that’s rare. 

I often hear or see so many people who complain about wanting something that other people have, or something they want done, or want others to do, or want to change something, etc… but they won’t do anything themselves to get stuff moving forward…

Can you relate?

Maybe you are one of these people?


Here’s a novel idea: stop complaining/protesting if you’re not going to do anything to make a difference yourself.

This goes for work life, personal life, side-hustle life, etc.

If you have an idea, speak up.

If you don’t like something, speak up.

If you want to seek changes in processes, or feel like something could be done better or more efficiently, have a chat with your leadership team to see if there is a solution.

Sitting like a bump on a log waiting for others to do something for you is going to get you one place… nowhere.

You’d be surprised at how open upper management might be to ideas—it’s their goal to make the business run smoother.

But maybe you have limiting beliefs or think that no one will take you seriously. No one will have the chance to take you seriously if you don’t take yourself seriously by communicating your thoughts and ideas.

Here are some steps to remove limiting beliefs from your mind and bring your ideas to life:

1. Take a week to think about what might be causing your hesitation or lack of confidence to speak up, and acknowledge those limiting beliefs.

2. Come up with a mantra that will shift negative emotions into positive affirmations. Ex: “I want to talk to leadership about a new team strategy, but they probably won’t care.” —> “I believe in this new team strategy because I see the day to day grind of our team, and I’m certain it will help us provide more efficient work product.” Repeat your positive affirmation to yourself daily.

3. Be clear with your intentions. What do you want to gain from sharing your idea with leadership? Be specific with a strategy plan, steps to execute, and expected outcomes. This will help upper management see you have dedicated time to provide potential value, and it will help you when it comes time to execute your idea.

4. Let go and execute. This is the most important trick—don’t worry about what other people think so much. Let’s say leadership approved your idea and wants to see how you can, for example, create a better data-tracking plan for recruitment metrics. Don’t worry about what your other coworker might say or think about you—it doesn’t matter. This is the MOST limiting belief—worrying about what peers think of you.

If there is an idea you believe in, take action. If there is room for improvement with something at work, speak up.

Or forever hold your peace…