If you have not had the chance to read What Do You Do With an Idea? by Kobi Yamada, I suggest adding it to your to-do list (in case you missed it, last week we talked about making a creative to-do list). I can’t say enough good things about it. In addition to being beautifully illustrated, the author captured the exact emotions of having an idea – what to do with it, trying to live without it, the fear, and more. I found myself shaking my head yes to each and every page.
I am a huge proponent of adults reading and finding meaning in books that were clearly written for children. What Do You Do With an Idea? should be required reading for all adults. Below are of a few of my favorite quotes from the book accompanied by my own thoughts.
“I didn’t know what to do with it. So I just walked away from it.”
At first, some ideas are too big – or at least they feel that way. We often think something is a great idea, but aren’t sure if we are the ones meant to see it through, or if even know how to take it and run with it. Instead of trying to get rid of the idea or storing it away for another day, what if you just went for it? Just started.
“I tried to act like everything was the same as it was before it showed up.”
When we do this, we soon realize the difference between ideas that are meant for us and ideas that are not so great. We can’t get rid of the good ones. Even if we are thinking it will take a lot of work, or we might fail – we can’t get rid of it. You are driving in your car, and need to stop and send yourself an email with a new idea. You are on Pinterest and you see the perfect inspiration for your idea. No matter what you do, your idea always seems to be hanging around. What if you just went for it? Just started.
“I showed it to other people even though I was afraid of what they would say.”
This more than any other line in the book hit home for me. I’m usually a pretty confident person, but when it comes to my ideas for Greens & Blues Co. I have a ridiculous fear of sharing it with people I know. The point of it all is of course to share it with the world, but I have had a really hard time sharing it with people whose opinions I value. I know it is the fear of looking stupid, but I have been unable to get over it. But, what if I just went for it? Just started.
“It encouraged me to think big…and then, to think bigger.”
My idea for Greens & Blues Co. has been circling around in my head for the better part of two years. In that time it has changed dramatically. I have changed the types of classes I want to offer, who my targeted audience is, how I will teach the classes and more. I have been able to alter my course of action by constantly learning and consistently reflecting on my idea and what I want.
Read What Do You Do With an Idea? Read it again and again. Then I challenge you to do something with your idea. More specifically – tell one person your idea. Someone you know in person. Once you get over that hurdle, tell a few more. The more you say your idea out loud the more your confidence will grow, and the better your idea will become.
Start right now. In the comments, share your idea. What’s the idea you can’t seem to get rid of despite the fact that you have not acted on it? What idea follows you around because you know you want to do something about it? The idea that scares you a little bit? I can’t wait to hear from you!
p.s. This is an excerpt from my free course – Challenge Your Creativity. If you enjoyed this, click here to enroll in the course now.