One evening when my son was young, he was playing by himself in his room. I called to him that it was time to come to dinner, and he yelled back, “I can’t right now, I’m busy!” Curious to see what could have him so wrapped up, I went to his room to see. I found him sitting at his desk with a puzzle nearly completed in front of him. When I told him again to come to dinner, he looked at me very seriously and said, “Mom, this puzzle isn’t going to do itself.” He was right, puzzles don’t do themselves…and neither do ideas.
Have you ever had an idea for a new product or service? One you felt could be a real benefit to people and also make some real money for you? But then because of a lack of time, capital, fear or simply not knowing where to start, you let the idea slip by, only to see it on the market a few months or years later and doing well? That is a common story. Many people are struck with inspiration but then for whatever reason fail to see it through to manifestation.
Ideas are in many ways like that puzzle. Without you to take action, they are inert. Knowledge and ideas are just tools. You can have the greatest idea in the world, but if you don’t DO something about it, it’s no more use than a hammer sitting idle on a workbench, or a mixer sitting unplugged on the kitchen counter. Until you do something with it, it is just static, potential. When you take the step of action, it becomes dynamic.
As I’ve said before, you don’t have to see the whole path in order to take the first step. Even if you have no idea how to get from where you are to the completion of the idea, just take the first step. All you need is a belief in yourself, that the idea IS valid, that it WILL work, that it CAN be done, and that YOU can do it. Then take a deep breath and take that first step.
Sometimes you may fool yourself into thinking that you aren’t sure what the first step is. This is a product of fear, insecurity, and old programming that wants to keep you in your comfort zone. To get through it, ask yourself, “If I assume the thing is possible, if I take for granted it can be done and I can do it, what is the first thing I would do?” It may be a definite action step, or it may be simply to do a little research.
The main thing here is don’t be your own worst enemy. Don’t let ungrounded fears of vague problems that will probably never even manifest keep you from taking a chance on your idea. Don’t worry about not being able to see the entire path from start to finish. You will find that, if you will simply maintain the attitude that the thing can be done and you can do it, each successive step will become obvious to you, and the means of taking that step will become available.