Monday, September 13, 2010

Ideas Come a Dime a Dozen

Sometimes I feel like I have entirely too much to do. Yet, in the midst of all that “doing,” some wild idea pops into my head and off I go, exploring whether it’s a valid direction, a worthwhile venture, something that could be fun and even profitable. One such example: a few months ago, while IMing a friend on FB, we came up with what could be a great idea for a book. Honestly, I think it could become a best-seller ... but isn’t that what most people think of their book ideas. Who would come up with an idea for a book and think, “This is stupid, it just won’t work. Okay, let’s do it.” Now, that would be ridiculous.
Okay, so this book idea ... well, I can’t really say what it is right now. However, I do believe that the vast majority of 9-to-5ers will enjoy it and be able to relate. I stayed up until 1 a.m. that night developing an outline, chapter titles, topics to cover and even some text for the intro and closing. I love that kind of energy. The challenge is to keep it going; keep it fresh ... and not put off progress on this grand idea when the next one comes along. Ahhh, the dilemmas of a creative mind. 

What would happen if you explored each and every new idea we think of? I don’t mean to suggest that you should pour all of your time, money and energy into every little notion that your gray matter creates. But what would happen if you gave it just a little thought; a small bit of attention; a few days to marinade so you could determine whether it could actually become something? Perhaps you could be wealthier, happier, more free. Okay, it could go the other way and you could find yourself in the “poor house” or the insane asylum, but let’s not think in that direction. 

Give yourself permission to explore -- even for a day or two -- some of the ideas that come to your mind. Journal the possibilities, what resources you think you would need to make it happen and whether it is something that would bring you joy, feed your soul and lead you to the life you dream of ... or if it would be just another thing on your "to do" list. 

What do you think would happen if you did this with each new idea?

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