I formulate a lot of bad ideas. It's true. And I try my darndest to flesh them out into prosperous results because I believe in persistence. But, sometimes, a bad idea is simply a bad idea and I have to cut myself off at the pass. If I'm finding that I have to think too hard and head back to the drawing board over and over then I'm taking the wrong approach.
However, often times I merely lack knowlege on the availability of tools that can help me solve the problem. That's when I head over to Home Depot. I stroll the aisles, looking, processing and absorbing all of the nuts, bolts, fasteners, clamps, adhesives, adapters and extractors. I poke and pick, sifting through pulleys, sash balances, hose fittings and electrical boxes.
But sometimes, it's still just a bad idea.
A good idea travels from problem to solution in the simplest way possible and with the least amount of resistance. Electricity is very good at doing that. So is water.
Sometimes, I have to stumble my way through all of the bad ideas before arriving at the good idea. I need to visualize the problem by starting with the first potential solution. And that's when I break it down, "No, that's too flimsy. No, that won't allow me to make changes if I ever want to. No, that's too ugly and I will never stand to be in the same room with it. No, that won't fit."
I think about my favorite good ideas.