So you’ve got this truly brilliant idea of how you can help to make the world a better place.
You know the idea is totally stella but there are people in your life who seem to pride themselves on telling you “it’ll never work” or pointing out all the technical or logistical problems with making it a reality. And, if you’re honest, what they say gets under your skin.
You know what you need right now, and it sure as hell ain’t naysayers!
Let’s start at the beginning: what’s your big idea?
You’re a passionate person and you want to make the world a better place. Fundamentally you’re driven by the fact that you want to have an impact; to contribute to something positive. You know that your ambitions won’t be realised by small actions. And that’s where your idea comes into play. It’s ambitious and will help you to make the difference you are so badly called to. It might be something community based, or an environmental project, or something much bigger that spans countries and issues. Regardless, your idea is BOOTIFUL. It’s an inspiration, it’s powerful… And, (at the moment) it’s delicate, fragile even.
What you really need is to grow this idea so you can get a feel for what’s possible…but how the goose do you do that? I want to use cooking as an example here…bear with me!
Have you ever stood in front of the cooker with a big pot on the stove and just concocted? Really playing and experimenting. A dollop of this or a glug of that. A carefree cooking experience, just listening to your intuition as you blissfully blend the bountiful ingredients before you. Just sometimes, when you play like this, your concoction turns out to be sheer genius, absolutely undeniably pure heaven…
The really crucial aspect of this type of creativity is that it’s fearless. You have no attachment to the outcome and the genius just flows because you’re open to possibility. So that’s rule number one: you can’t expect failure, you have to anticipate only the very best. The second rule here is that you can’t be afraid to get a creative. Mad combinations of flavours can be the making of a genius dish, but it takes courage to bosh them together. Basically, awesome cookery requires gumption.
The overlap: big idea’s and cookery!
The link here is that big idea creation requires a similar set of rules in the beginning. The first stage of idea conjuring is, without doubt, the hardest. For one thing, you haven’t got any momentum or support to help you overcome any initial problems you may face. For another, you haven’t yet worked out any of the niggly logistics or inherent problems you’re aware your idea has. More than this though, chances are you might love the idea but you probably don’t feel that confident about it. There’s a world of criticism out there waiting to claw apart your idea and you’re just not sure whether to take that leap of faith.
That’s why these rules at this stage are essential. They will help you to be courageous and bold so that you can grow your idea to a point where both you and it are resilient enough to stand up to the outside world. So, without further ado…
Three rules for growing big dreams
- Say No To Negativity. You don’t make a genius dish in the kitchen by assuming it’s going to be rubbish from the start. Same rule applies here. Too much realism at this stage is really unhelpful, instead what’s needed are abundant dollops of positivity and enthusiasm. Ban all negative influences on your idea and keep away from negative people who insist on pragmatism at far too early a stage!
- Say No To Fear. In the same way that you need to fearlessly add flavours and ingredients together to create the genius dish a la kitchen, you need to learn to manage any fears you have around your big idea too. Probably, there’s a million and one voices in your head saying “this isn’t possible”, “it’ll never work”, “what if you end up broken or bankrupt” etc etc. These are about as helpful as a chocolate teapot right now, so manage them. It’s your choice to listen to them or not, they might be loud but they are most certainly not right. Put your chef’s hat on and listen to your intuition and wisdom. Ignore your saboteurs.
- Say No To Excuses. It’s easy to believe that there’s a million reasons why your big idea shouldn’t succeed: “I can’t do this until I’ve done that” or “I’m no good at the detail, I’ll never be able to make it work”. I don’t believe these excuses for one second and neither should you. You don’t have to be brilliant at everything to make this work, nor do you have to have all the answers. At this stage all you need to know is that you’re a powerhouse and you can do anything you believe. You are resourceful and where you don’t have the answers someone else will. Just because it’s your idea doesn’t mean you have to go it alone.
Over to you
So, you. Change-Maker! Your Big Idea for bettering the world isn’t doing anyone any good as it sits in your head. Marianne Williamson is famously quoted as saying “It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. … Your playing small does not serve the world.” And by God, she’s bloody right. Chances are you’re idea IS totally outrageous. Allow yourself these rules as you play around with your dream. Create space for the idea to grow and develop and believe in yourself and your own brilliance as you do.
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