I really think everyone’s capable of coming up with great ideas: ideas that can change their own lives, other people’s lives, or the world, even.
It’s just that sometimes, they come in the form of really ridiculous, out-of-this-world, crazy thoughts, that we shrug them off as foolish/wishful thinking. (Or sometimes we're just scared that other people will just laugh at us and think we're crazy!)
Here’s a tip: WRITE THEM DOWN. I have an idea notebook that I bring around everywhere. And a page on my Evernote app for random ideas, one that I constantly add to and edit.
It doesn’t matter how many or how stupid they are, just write them down.
When you write them down, chances are they become stickier in your head, and the stickiest ones — the ones you end up thinking about before you go to sleep or when your mind wanders off — are the ones you should really consider turning into reality.
And then we get to the harder part: doing it.
I’ve said it before and I will say it again: JUST JUMP. Just freaking jump.
‘Jumping’ takes practice and persistence, too: keep on doing it until you get so used to acting on your ideas, that what used to be anxious-fear (oh no, what if this won’t work) will naturally evolve into excited-fear (oooooh another project, I wonder what’s gonna come out of this!).
This is what “getting up and getting to work” means to me — always challenging myself with new ideas and projects, trying things out, seeing what works and what doesn’t. All that excited-fear? I deal with it every single day, and I really think that’s what I love most about my life.
A LITTLE Q & A
When was the last time you felt scared-but-excited to do something new? What keeps you from going from inspiration - to action?
Let me know in the comments below!