How To Turn An Idea Into A Reality

I was leaving my Lagree studio and heading to meet my business partner, Chichi, for our normal weekly Monday meeting dedicated to our start-up company, which provides networking and consulting services to fitness professionals. 

Instead of jumping into “meeting mode”, we decided to get pho for lunch. So I picked her up and off we went. Perhaps it was the mindset we were finally in – perhaps it was the synergistic energy that had been building. Or maybe, it was just knowing that a bowl full of carbs were on the way. But she hopped into my car and our ideas just began to soar.

2020 Vision & Goals in January

“You know what would be really cool? If we did a Vision & Goals Workshop for a big group of people.” That’s how it started. I can’t remember the exact flow, but it went something like this:

“We can pair it with a yoga flow.” “Ooh, we should do it around the beginning of the year so it can be a great start to 2020 for everyone.” “We should offer this to fitness junkies too!”

What started as an idea on the drive randomly to get pho for lunch on a Monday ended up turning into our next huge event two months later – 2020 Vision & Goals – a workshop for the Houston fitness community at a beautiful yoga studio, with support from national brands like sweetgreen, SoulCycle, and Barry’s. Just like that, our idea became a reality. 

Do you have any ideas that you want to make a reality but are a little lost on where to start? Perhaps you’re wondering, “But how exactly does this happen – just like that?” Grab a notebook and let’s break it down.

Note: I’m fresh off of listening to Gabby Bernstein’s Super Attractor on Audible – a highly-recommended book about manifesting and attracting the life you want. It really spoke to me. I actually started writing this post in December and never finished it. Being a firm believer in timing, I know that this post was meant to include some of Gabby’s wisdom from her book, so if any of this speaks to you, definitely pick up Super Attractor to expand on all of these thoughts.

How To Turn An Idea Into A Reality

Step 1: Allow yourself to believe in the idea. (Even if you feel like you have no idea what you’re doing.) If you have an idea in mind, write it down. Now look at that idea on paper – do you actually believe you are able to do it? (Note: I didn’t ask you anything in regards to how you are going to do it.) Do you believe you can do it? If so, write down: I believe I can [write in your idea.]

Brutal truth: Sometimes you won’t believe you can do it. Your mind will trick you into thinking you can’t do something, when really, your mind just can’t fully envision how you are going to do it. There is a huge difference between the two – don’t let your mind fool you. It’s okay to not know all of the answers – actually, that is a very good thing! It means your idea is BIG and is going to get you out of your comfort zone. Accept that you don’t know all of the answers, but trust yourself enough to allow the idea to stay in the forefront of your mind.

Final thought: Whatever “it” is, it typically works better if you actually think you can do it.

Step 2: Keep thinking about your idea. All of the time. By thinking about your idea constantly, the Law of Attraction will pull people into your life who can help you, inspire you, and guide you – even if neither of you know it. Surround yourself with these people – even just by surrounding yourself with like-minded people who believe in you will begin to change the way you see things. You’ll find yourself in conversation and “randomly” coming up with small solutions and ways to progress your idea, even if you weren’t even talking directly about it. This is actually not so random. This is a mindset change. With this mindset change will come more answers on how to make your idea come to life.

Brutal Truth: This means that some people in your life gotta go. Maybe temporarily. Maybe forever. But the people who aren’t cheering you on will not help your idea turn into a reality. The people who are sucking the life out of you gotta go. The people who are small-minded and drama seekers gotta go. This might be hard for you – I know it was hard for me. When I began to focus on growing my dreams, I started to realize I was exerting a lot of energy on toxic relationships. I lost a lot of relationships (some expected and some not) when I started to shift my mindset and habits towards the bigger picture of what I wanted.

If you find yourself in a place where you can’t fully cut the person out (ex: your boss, a friend in your close-knit circle), you can begin to limit your interaction with them (in a polite manner.) Step away from conversations and activities that you know aren’t going to move you forward. Try to limit your emotional responses to small-minded triggers and tell yourself it’s temporary. Use that energy to shift your thoughts – that energy is powerful, and can actually fuel your mind to think more about your idea, especially if the idea will allow you to leave that toxic place or person behind.

Final Thought: Grab your notebook. Are there any people you might need to give a little space? Write them down. Begin there. In addition, write down the names of people who you believe are like-minded and have your best interest at heart. If you can’t think of anyone, don’t worry! Again, just trust that they are on their way. Write down places you think you might find them or qualities in people that will help guide you – gravitate towards them.

Step 3: Embrace faith, not fear. You have to trust yourself. You have to allow yourself to be an amateur (“I don’t know WTF am I doing” thoughts are completely normal – trust.), give yourself grace when things don’t go as planned, and evolve your idea as you evolve yourself. I recently met a fellow entrepreneur who offered solid advice, when I didn’t even ask for it. (You’ll find this will happen time and time again if you surround yourself with like-minded forward thinkers.) He said, “Don’t fall in love with the product, fall in love with the process.” This mindset will help you to embrace changes as they come and will open you up to allow your idea to be even bigger than you initially imagined.

Brutal Truth: Sometimes you are going to feel stuck. You’ll feel as though you are in a forever waiting period where nothing is happening. You won’t see how you will overcome a problem and you will begin to talk yourself out of what you really want. (Again, this is why a close network of support is so important!) Do not let fearing the unknown take over. Instead of thinking, “I don’t know how I will figure this out,” shift your thoughts into a positive mindset of faith and trust in the process. “Wow, this idea is going to be bigger than I imagined, and I trust that the right people and right situations will help guide me to an even bigger version of my idea!”

My parter, Chichi, and at our event in January, likely laughing because we never saw this coming!

Our start-up company I mentioned before? That actually started as an idea for one event to bring fitness professionals together for one workout to network. One workout! That was it. We started surrounding ourselves with like-minded people who kept urging us to do more. Our idea has changed and re-structured so many times, and there were many times we could have felt stuck viewing our set-backs as failures. Instead, we continued to seek new opportunities and see our idea as evolving – and you know what? It continues to grow into something bigger and bigger.

Final Thought: You will always find what you search for. If you look for a way to talk yourself out of an idea, you will find that answer. If you look for people who will keep you small and safe, you will find them. But imagine this: If you search for people to help you figure it out, you will find them. If you search for solutions to your problems, you will find them. If you search for a way to make your dream come alive, you will find it.

Are you looking for the right things?

Below are some thoughts from people who inspire me on How To Turn An Idea Into A Reality:

“The most important step when turning an idea into a reality is actually taking steps each day. They don’t have to be huge steps, but all steps count. It can be really scary, but ask friends (especially entrepreneur friends) where to start.” Megan Eddings, Founder + CEO, Accel Lifestyle

“Vision- Trust your instincts; Consistency- take feedback but don’t compromise; Advocacy- Enlist experts to become advocates.” Bruce Franklin, Director of TOM FORD BEAUTY Education North America

“The moment you make any effort to express your ideas, you begin to make it a reality. Thoughts are spoken, words attract action, action creates tangible results.” Jaz Porter, Yoga Instructor + Entrepreneur, Co-Creator of Yoga Evolution TV

“Write it down on paper and look at it everyday until it happens.” Karen Maxwell, Senior Master Instructor, CYCLEBAR + Creator, Kinisi Performance CBD

“Take that idea and really break down what it means. Poke holes in it and flush it out!” Alicia Tillman, Yoga Instructor + Entrepreneur, Awkward Yoga Girl

Empowered Women Empower Women: Megan Eddings, Founder of Accel Lifestyle

Hello all! I am adding a new segment into my blog entitled “Empowered Women Empower Women,” where I interview a female who I consider to be a total boss, out there empowering everyone in the community. Each interviewee differs from the next and has their own unique story in order to inspire all types of readers. I decided to start this new segment by interviewing a fellow entrepreneur I met through the Houston fitness community. Let me introduce Megan Eddings, Founder + CEO of Accel Lifestyle.

Megan and her husband, Kyle, founded Fitness in the Loop – an organization that keeps fitness junkies up to date with workouts and events going on around town. She wanted to make a difference in the community while sweating in clothes that wouldn’t stink – so she manifested exactly that.

Accel Lifestyle is a clothing line made from Supima®, the world’s finest cotton, and is enhanced with a good dose of powerful anti-stink science that Megan actually developed from scratch. Low on harmful toxins, high on technology, Accel’s silver embedded proprietary Prema fabric naturally inhibits bacteria, without compromising performance or comfort. They are revolutionizing a cleaner planet and creating clothes ethically and sweatshop-free right here in the USA.

More than just fitness apparel, Accel Lifestyle is a movement for positive change. As for me, I constantly learn so much from this inspiring boss babe entrepreneur – check out Megan’s story, solid advice, and thoughts on empowerment below!

Describe an average day in the life of YOU:

As an entrepreneur, there is no such thing as a typical day. Each day is filled with incredible things that happen, challenges for the company (sometimes pretty big ones), and I am usually slaying from my pajamas on the couch (when I am not going to a meeting or getting gussied-up for social media and events).

Megan in LA for the first week of production. Let the sewing begin! IG: @accellifestyle

What is a project you are working on or recently completed that you are super proud of?

Houston has been so amazingly supportive of me and Accel Lifestyle. I love giving back to the city that has been inspiring and kind to me since I moved here 15 years ago, from Rhode Island. The City of Houston recently named May 24, 2019 as “Megan Eddings Day”. We have raised money for wheelchairs for children, money for the Houston Council of the Blind, food for the homeless, etc. and I am immensely appreciative of everyone who has helped with our philanthropic work.

Can you describe any struggles along the way and how you overcame them?

I still cannot believe that Amanda Cotler, Accel’s Director of Operations, and I did this… We had 2 factories in LA for Accel, but one of them was extremely challenging to work with, constantly lying and being very difficult. I made the decision to part ways with them and we knew it would not be easy. We rented a Uhaul in downtown LA (I drove it), blasted some hip-hop and showed up at the factory (unannounced). We walked in and let them know we were parting ways and that we were there to pick up all of our fabric, patterns, trim etc. The owner “flew off the handle” verbally, but Amanda and I kept our cool and left with all of our items. If we can do that, we can do anything!

What does empowerment mean to you?

When I think of the word “empowerment,” I immediately think of the word confidence. It is important to not only be confident, but to inspire others to be as well. It definitely is not always easy to feel empowered, so I often say words of affirmation so I can feel confident and spread this feeling to others around me.

Megan & Kyle at the Supima Harvest Celebration

Who is someone who has empowered or inspired you to get to where you are now?

100% my husband, Kyle Eddings. I was working on Accel Lifestyle for about 8 months, while also doing my medical sales job. It was his idea that I quit my current job to pursue Accel Lifestyle. We both had no idea how long it would take to create Accel, but he believed in me so much that he knew it was time to really pursue my dreams with Accel Lifestyle. I will be forever grateful for his support and love throughout this entire entrepreneurial journey.

How do you continuously find empowerment and inspiration?

I surround myself with very positive, kind, loving and motivating people. I have had to limit my interactions with people who do not embody these characteristics.

Why do you feel it is so important for people to feel empowered?

She ain’t afraid of a little sweat and she ain’t afraid to lift weights!

Empowered people rarely feel “stuck”. They know that there is always something new to try, a community that will support you and the belief that we only have one life…so live it to the fullest.

What are some of your goals for the next few months or years?

Regarding Accel Lifestyle, we will be launching ethical and sustainable sweatshirts for guys and gals soon. We have worldwide goals for Accel Lifestyle and we are excited to share some big announcements in the coming months.

A personal goal is to continue to try to stay present in whatever I am doing. I tend to rush through things, in order to get to the next “thing”. There is beauty and meaning in everything we do, I am constantly reminding myself to stay present in everything.

To Megan: Thank you so much for inspiring us! You are one of the sweetest and most genuine humans I have ever met – your light-heartedness and good energy are both infectious, and I cannot wait to see Accel grow. Inventing something out of nothing else but an idea is truly admirable. PS: I can vouch for Accel – I taught multiple SoulCycle classes wearing my crop…no stink!