Ideas are like breathing. They’re vital to the creative life (without them your creativity would perish); but they are only a starting point. Just as every human around you lives and breathes, every human also generates ideas – continually.
Have you met those angry ‘idea victims’ in your time? You will recognise them by predictable expressions: ‘You know I actually came up with that idea years before the movie was produced / that item was made / she started that business. It was my idea.’
You don’t own the air you breathe, and neither do you own the ideas floating around you like electrons. So, you can reach up and capture one, but unless you decide to do something with it, it’ll slip out of your grasp, back into the universe for someone else to utilise. We are merely channels for ideas. The more aligned we are, the easier it us for us to channel. And the more we focus on growing ‘up’ in the pursuit of actualisation, the better the channel will be.
There are so many variations of the same idea that many may seem similar. The best ideas are combinations of a few existing ones. Creating a combination is a personal choice, so entirely up to you. What makes your idea unique is how you resolve to do it – that is, prepare, organise, ensure, look after, accomplish, complete and achieve it.
You need to execute your idea.
It’s highly improbable – almost impossible – for someone who has exactly same idea as you implementing the idea in exactly the same way as you. Your individual tastes, experiences, work ethic, passions, etc. would more than likely translate that idea into a singular, unique creation.
This in no way condones or makes excuses for copying others. Blatant and obvious intellectual theft is unacceptable. Copying is not the same as having an idea. Thankfully, we live in a time that celebrates originality, authenticity and integrity, a time in which copycats are easily exposed.
That first moment of inspiration – that ‘ah ha’ instant – is only the very first breath. Inspire literally means to ‘breathe in’, which you need to do before you take the first step in your journey. Anything of lasting value takes time to prepare. And the foundation needs to be strong to protect the fragile new idea.
Stop deluding yourself with the notion that it’s good enough to have so many ideas. It‘s not.
Most of the ideas will be weak, or will need to be combined with others before they can become relevant and worth the effort to pursue. Even then, lots will fail. But that’s okay! The important thing is that you do something about it. In the journey of success it’s the perspiration that counts, not the inspiration.
It’s lovely to be able to dream big, to delight in the fantasies of our minds and imagine how good life will be when our dream becomes a reality. Our Big Dream is usually a mixture of some of our best ideas. The more we dream it, the more we are able to enjoy it – almost as if it was already a reality. We live the experience in our mind and this can be extremely satisfying.
But we also know that coming up with ideas isn’t necessarily the most important thing we could be doing. How can we tell if our big dream is a true calling or a big distraction that actually prevents us from getting things done? Asking yourself the following questions is a good place to start:
Is your idea a big dream or a distraction?
Ask yourself the following questions…
- Am I running away from reality, preferring the comforting bliss of delusion – that is, lots of talking and thinking but no noticeable results?
- Am I spending hours imagining scenarios that play out in my head but never actually happen?
- Is there always someone else to blame for the dream being impossible?
- Do you have an idea that escalates quickly? In other words, it starts as something simple, but grows to huge proportions until it’s a massive business in your head – though nothing has actually begun in reality?
Those ‘ideas’ need to be addressed. Returning to tangible goals will show you what’s realistic and what’s delusional. It would certainly be easier to live in our heads instead of the real world, where bills need to be paid, groceries need to be bought, cars need to be serviced, bonds need to be covered and the often mundane realities of existence abound. Escaping into your mind is fine from time to time, but one cannot live there. There is a time for dreaming and a time for doing.
The sooner you take action, the sooner the dream becomes a reality.
By Lauren Wallett
Lauren Wallett has always loved seeing the potential in something and then cultivating the imaginable into a real and tangible expression. She believes that the purpose of life is to actualize into the best versions of who we are and that the same is true, not just for people, but also, for businesses, companies and all brands. She’s holds workshops and has even written a book about it too.
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