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

Embracing Uncertainty

I’m sitting here writing this a little delayed in a parking garage of The Domain in Austin. It’s beginning to cool down and my windows are open for a breeze. Outside, the rush-hour traffic slowly rolls by. Two girls are standing nearby discussing their favorite spots in London. If you were to ask me a year ago if I saw myself in this exact moment, the answer would be no. A month ago – no. A week ago – again, no. Hell, 24 hours ago – nope! Life threw me an unseen plot twist – I ended up driving from Houston to Austin last night within an hour of receiving a phone call asking me to help the team by teaching some SoulCycle classes in the neighboring city, beginning this morning at 7AM. I have to laugh when I think of what led to me this exact point – because I saw just about none of it coming but am embracing all of it.

My day didn’t go as originally planned. But remember – we’re not sticking to the plan, we’re sticking with ourselves. Plan A, y’all. We gotta let that go. It’s a constant practice to do so – after all, Plan A is our security blanket. It’s an idea that we cling to when uncertainty finds us. “I have to make Plan A work! It’s familiar and I’m comfortable with it.” “I’ve worked so hard on Plan A, it would be a shame to let that go to waste.” “It seems like a lot of work to divert from Plan A.” 

Or how about this one: “If Plan A doesn’t work out, I don’t know what else I would do,” followed by thoughts of doubt and fear. Why is it that something as simple as a lack of new direction can stunt us from stepping into our purpose? It’s because we cling to original direction because it’s comfortable and gives us a sense of stability. There is a huge misconception out there that the more “direction” we have, the more stability we have. Let me ask you this – what is more stable than your purpose?

It’s not our job to understand everything. This is a human experience that we are a part of – that means we’re going to have to trust a lot more than we’re going to understand – that is, if we’re doing it right.

Think of it this way: You are where are you today (the present) and you have everything that has brought you to this point (the past.) Everything in your mind is extremely finite up until this moment.

Everything that is yet to come (the future) is full of infinite possibilities. We must lose our finite mindsets when thinking about infinite possibilities. Yikes – that sounds uncomfortable. It is – trust me. But it’s so necessary. We subconsciously think about the future and find ourselves in doubt, worry, and anxiety because we are trying to understand everything that is to come – but what basis do we have to understand? Only our past. 

If your brain is hurting trying to digest this, picture this: A caterpillar is meant to be a caterpillar for a short amount of time. One day, being a caterpillar just isn’t good enough anymore so he finds himself in a bit of a struggle, in a dark cocoon having no idea what’s going on. “Where am I?” “How long am I going to be in here?” “What is going to happen next?” This is the scary part – the transformation! A short while later, he emerges as a beautiful butterfly. Talk about an upgrade – not only is he majestic, but now he doesn’t have to crawl anywhere – he can fly! The caterpillar’s purpose was always to be a butterfly. Can you imagine if he would have tried to resist the transformation because he couldn’t see the big picture as a whole?

Lose the need to understand everything and begin to trust yourself. Uncertainty is not a bad thing – it is a good thing! It means you are opening yourself up to growth and opportunity – even if you can’t exactly see what that looks like just yet. It means you are defining your future with your future, instead of with your past.

Believe me, I’ve tried more times to fit a square peg into a round hole, forcing things to work – refusing to let go of a past version of myself that once fit. We need to be aware of the things in our life that “feel forced.” We force our present (and future) selves into our past because it’s familiar. Because it might feel like a failure if we abandon it. Because we’re uncertain what else is out there. But perhaps it’s not the best fit anymore…

The traffic outside is dying down and the two girls talking about London have left. I sit here about to go teach a class in a new city to fifty people I’ve never met. I have no idea what the next few moments of life are going to feel like – and I can’t wait to see what happens.

Think of the next 24 hours of your life. Can you see how everything is going to play out? Now think of the next week. Month. Year. 10 years. How much room are you willing to leave for growth?

What is one thing that you constantly battle with “not knowing?”

Why do you think it’s so hard to trust yourself versus trying to understand everything?

What feels “forced” in your life right now?

What are some small steps you can take to stop forcing these things?

My friend, Alanna, sent me this excerpt on a butterfly as I was about to publish this post – I found it to ironic not to share.

Final thought: “Embrace uncertainty – some of the most beautiful chapters in our lives won’t have a title until much later.”

Grow Into Your Dreams

I was flying back to Houston after a week long visit to Pittsburgh to see family and friends. I hadn’t been home since the beginning of the year, and what a year it had been. I spent the first few months of 2019 really focusing on myself, and not what society expected of me. I spent a lot of time cracking myself open to myself – really training myself to be vulnerable with just me! 

Since last being home, I had left my Instructor Manager role at my previous studio and began to teach Lagree. I launched a start-up company, embarked upon ambassadorships for some amazing companies, dated a guy, broke up with said guy (side note: shout out to all the people in life who designed for seasons…let em go, people, let em go…) I auditioned for SoulCycle and put my entire life on hold as I moved to New York City to train for 5 weeks, and I returned to Houston to teach 20+ fitness classes per week. Oh, and I launched this blog.

Needless to say, there was a lot to catch up on. It was a great visit. I don’t get to travel too often, but when I do, I always carry my journal with me – I love “me time” on planes, where I can disconnect from everything. I’m a window seat kind of person, so yes, “me time” typically means stuffed into a corner with no arm room with my journal on my lap trying not to spill my ginger ale. Regardless, I love writing down my thoughts and visions, and on this particular trip, I flipped back to the beginning of the year to see what my goals had been for 2019.

It was quite hilarious to read – I had maybe planned a solid 30% of what actually happened in 2019, and the majority of the stuff that had come to fruition was extremely vague. I had written down a lot of goals that didn’t happen – but I thought if we expected good things to happen, they would? Trust me, they did – they just didn’t look like what I had written down.

Allow yourself to grow into your dreams. What was good enough for you yesterday might not be good enough for you today. It’s really as simple as that. No explanation needed. Why we’ve been trained to feel the need to justify ourselves after we say “I’ve changed my mind” is outrageous. Let’s let that go, shall we?

We tend to freak out when plans don’t work out the way we envisioned. Goals are amazing – and we do need to be forward thinkers – however, we cannot get stuck on goals that a less-evolved person made days ago, weeks ago, or even years ago. Don’t stick with the plan – stick with yourself! What does this version of you look like? What do you want the next version of you to look like? Work towards that, even if it’s ever-changing. (That’s a good thing, by the way.)

Should I have stuck with the version of myself on January 10, 2019 when I wrote down my goals I would have missed so much.

I planned to stick with my (then current) company and help build it to succeed. Instead, I outgrew my own goal and ended up at SoulCycle – an absolute perfect fit for me, where I can grow and thrive.

I aimed to plan one event over the entire course of the year that would bring fitness professionals together. Instead, I started an entire company based on abundance that is able to build the fitness community consistently.

I wrote down that I wanted to do a three day juice cleanse – this happened, but also led to becoming an ambassador for Revolucion Juice, and a few other companies after that.

I did actually write down in January that I wanted to teach a new format of fitness on the side of my main gig “for fun.” At the time, I had never even heard of Lagree. Shortly into the year, I began to instruct the format but could have never predicted how impactful the method, the studio, and all of the people I would meet were going to be in my life.

It’s funny – after I wrote down my goals for the year, I bought this very website. I had no idea what I wanted to do with it, but here we are. You don’t always have to know exactly where your vision will take you, and you certainly don’t have to stick to a plan that a version of yourself made a long time ago.

Some of my visions completely changed. Some of them turned out to be much bigger than my January goals allowed. Most I didn’t even see coming! That’s why it’s imperative to stay open to change.

One mantra that has ruled my 2019 is “Break the Mold,” because I want to change the way things are, change stigmas, change what’s not working and pioneer a new way of thinking. What I didn’t know at the time I decided to live by this mantra, was how important it would be to break my mold. Break the vision of myself I had on January 10, 2019 and allow for growth and new goals. 

It’s uncomfortable not being able to see how everything is going to pan out. But this is what I constantly tell myself: If the version of myself that I’m in right now can see everything that is going to happen in my future, that tells me from now until [x spot in my future] that I will not have changed, grown, or evolved at all.

Have plans, sure. But more importantly, have visions. A general direction of what you want in life. I was lucky enough to dream build with my SoulCycle team at Southern Flow Yoga last week. The girl who led the session, Jordan, referred to vision as “a launch point.”

A launch point. The beginning – where anything can happen. Where anything can grow and change. And when it does change, please don’t worry or apologize. Go with it. Will it be scary? Yes. Will it be worth it? I’ll let you think about that one. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been scared in 2019. Being scared is a good thing! It means something is about to change…

When was the last time you wrote down some visions and goals for yourself? Grab your notebook, and write down a few ideas for where you envision yourself going!

Think back to January 1, 2019 – what has changed within you since then? How do you feel about that change?

Why do you think it’s uncomfortable for you to not see exactly how your plan might work out?

What are some things you can do to trust yourself more?

Trusting ourselves can be difficult. Being open to things we can’t see yet is even harder. But just remember: very few things in life actually require knowing all of the answers.