Hello & welcome to Leverage Your Spark – your bite sized source for less stress & more joy in business & life. I’m your host Brandy Lawson. In this episode we’re examining a concept that can transform how you approach both business and life. This isn’t about reinventing the wheel, it’s about understanding how to can simplify things, start small, and leverage efficiency.
I know it can be intimidating tackling new or unknown areas, places where we don’t have any experience or expertise. Are you an overthinker? Do you feel a sense of paralysis before massive goals? Don’t worry, you’re not alone!
I’ve met countless brilliant people who’ve mastered the art of reverse engineering their goals, they make a plan and take specific steps towards achieving them. But not everyone is gifted with the superpower of discipline. For some of us, myself included, it’s easy to get caught in a whirlwind of possibilities, and out of fear of wasting resources, we avoid taking action. Also, squirrel.
If this sounds familiar, I’ve got something that might help. Are you familiar with the concept of the Minimum Viable Product, or MVP? It’s a tool drawn from the Lean Startup methodology, an approach pioneered by Eric Ries in his 2011 book “The Lean Startup.”
Unleashing the Power of MVP: Simplify, Test, and Excel without the Silicon Valley Hype
Don’t get nervous, the way we’re using this concept doesn’t have anything to do with the Silicon Valley vibe. Here’s the secret sauce of the MVP concept – it’s about getting a first version that is just good enough to do the job while allowing you to gather feedback for future improvement. The beauty of an MVP lies in its simplicity: it enables low-stakes testing of those leap-of-faith business hypotheses, kick-starting the learning process without unnecessary frills.
From Overthinking to Action: Embrace MVP for Version 0.1 and Unleash Your Genius Ideas
But how does the MVP concept help those of us in the Overthinkers Club? It means we can define a first draft of a project or task, version 0.1, if you will. This structure keeps our genius ideas safe while preventing us from drowning in the ocean of possibilities. So yes, you can still dream about version 5.0, but let’s get version 0.1 up and running first.
So here’s how you do it:
– Step 1: Identify your intent. Why is this project or task on your to-do list?
– Step 2: Use this intent to define what the minimum viable version of this would be. I often jot down an outline and then get a sanity check from my team. They help me keep in mind that we’re aiming for the first viable version, not the first all-the-bells-and-whistles version.
– Step 3: If it helps, sketch out the first few versions of the project to visualize where you’re heading. This will help everyone stay on the same page and be invested in taking the first steps because they can see where it’s going.
– Step 4: Get started! Remember, the whole point of MVP is to take action and bring your idea to life.
Embracing the MVP mindset is an effective way to navigate the labyrinth of big goals and complex projects. It acts as a safeguard against overthinking and being overwhelmed while taking meaningful action towards achieving our goals.
So next time you’re staring at a mountain of a project, remember, all it takes is version 0.1 to get started. As the saying goes, the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.
In the next episode we’ll be conversing about how to identify problem areas in your business & systems. We lovingly call this looking for leaks. I’ve found it is best to be proactive about leaks so you don’t have to deal with an unplanned flood later.
I’ll see you in the next episode and until then keep leveraging your spark to ignite possibility for ease & profit!