The Reality of Sharing Ideas with the Inner Circle

Photo by Etienne Boulanger

If you’re passed that stage in your life when grownups look at you with empathy and tell you You can do whatever you set your mind to, you might feel like you need reassurance for every idea, big or small. But as we grow up and the reality of social norms and the expectations of fitting into the 9-5 pattern kick in, people who are emotionally invested might not be best fit to run by ideas.

You might be thinking – hang on a second, my mom, grandpa or loyal puppy have my best interest at heart. And although that might be the case, new avenues are always scary. Not just for ourselves, but for the people we care about (you can read more about limiting mindsets in the piece on How Much Can You Handle?). Being supportive of new ideas takes an openness that someone else’s judgement might also work. It also takes accepting that even if no one in the family or in the whole world dared to aim so high, that doesn’t mean that it cannot be done.

In the idea phase of a project, when our self-confidence is so fragile, why give an opportunity to nay sayers to deray us? What do we have to lose, ultimately? If it is time you are worried about, it will be time invested in learning. Money? Don’t invest what you can’t afford losing. Failure? You fail if you don’t learn anything from the experience and as a wise mind once said, if you don’t try, you fail by default.

Focus Means Saying No to Cool Ideas

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It was more than once that I was called an idiot which at a very young age was described to me as ‘a person with ideas’. It didn’t take long to understand that ideas are worth something, so I would explore every corner of my creativity trying to impress my audience. Only later to understand that ideas that are not implemented are mere entertainment.

Focus and creativity can make a great pair, but creativity needs discipline. To complete any piece of work we need focus. We need to take out our notebook and write down our ideas. Picture a child chasing a butterfly until a more flashy, beautifully painted one comes along. Chances are that the first butterfly that was chased is at a considerable distance by the time the child realizes the distraction.

Eliminating distractions can be painful in the beginning, which is why seeing our life through the eyes of our future-self numbs the pain and allows us to accumulate uplifting decisions and actions that will bring change and rewards. Become now who you want to be tomorrow.

How to Break Through the Idea Stage

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Breaking the idea stage doesn’t take much. It takes sharing. Sharing your thoughts and intentions with others in good faith. Trusting that through other people your idea will be complete.

When looking for a solution to an issue that you have it’s natural to assume that others might go through the same situation. But assumptions are not the equivalent to the reality.

Feedback nurtures growth. Challenging someone’s beliefs is just as important as acceptance. Dare to share your ideas and you will notice more depth and insight. You will access the Universal Knowledge.

When the Lights Are Off but Your Mind Is Lighting Ideas

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Have you ever experienced feeling tired, yet you put your head on the pillow and you can’t seem to stop thinking and producing great ideas? Even more, you come up with a solution and you see it so clearly that you think it will be just as obvious for you when you wake up?

Finding ways to relax your mind allows you to harvest ideas that a busy mind cannot produce. Going to sleep is the end-circle in the day: we reset, we allow ourselves to be free from mundane commitments. Without an influx of information being thrown at us, our brain makes sense of events that happened throughout the day and expresses ideas of its own – of our own.

Take a second and allow yourself to discover the power that’s within you. Ask the right question and the answer will reveal itself. It might be handy to have a notebook and a pencil nearby.