The Power of an Idea
Anyone (yep, you too) can take an idea, build some momentum, overcome a few challenges, deal with the obligatory crap that life dishes out and create something amazing and at the same time re-invent themselves.
Read this and remember it:
"Who we are, how we are and what our life becomes, is not pre-determined; it's a choice."
Both the refuge of the weak.
For some people, an idea is the beginning of something amazing; a life-changing, paradigm-shifting wild ride of fun, learning, adapting, skill development and personal growth. A catalyst for positive change; for the life and the reality we really desire.
And for others the word 'idea' is an acronym for I Don't Even Attempt.
For many, that's exactly what it is.
Their ideas stay just that; thoughts, possibilities, concepts, theories.
Often great ideas.
Pity they do nothing with them.
Plenty of potential.
In theory, they are creative and brilliant.
But practically, they're paralysed.
In their head, they're amazing.
Out here in the world, not so much.
Call it analysis paralysis.
We do nothing with our great ideas for a bunch of reasons but ultimately it's a waste of our potential and sadly sometimes, a waste of a life.
We are the kings (and queens) of... 'almost' and 'soon' and 'now-is-not-the-right-time'.
We tell ourselves it's about timing.
It's not a timing thing; it's a you and me thing.
You know that.
When we deny our creativity and our potential, a little bit of us dies; emotionally, psychologically, creatively.
And when we do it for long enough, we build a prison for ourselves.
Living somewhere we don't want to (I'm not talking about a house or a location here).
But then again, we don't really live.. we exist.
We 'get by'.
We go through the motions.
We're champions at simulating productivity while simultaneously doing nothing.
We're experts at wasting great ideas.
At 'nearly' doing stuff.
Dying a little bit each day.
Rather than taking our life by the scruff of the neck and shaking the crap out of it... we meekly hope that somehow we will succeed.
Fall on our feet perhaps.
We consistently do nothing with our ideas.
Daily we waste time and talent.
We slowly and methodically kill our creative selves by consistently doing nothing with our ideas.
We start to lose hope.
We become pessimistic and cynical.
What an unnecessary and unfulfilling way to live a life.
We constantly think about our life, our relationships, our body, our finances, our spiritual selves, our career. We have great ideas and create amazing scenarios and outcomes in our head... but sadly, it ends there.
We're here on this big blue ball for eighty years or so, I figure we may as well take that mind, that potential and those ideas of ours out for a spin and see what we can do.
There's an idea!
Take them out of the garage (take action on those ideas), get 'em out on the freeway (create some momentum) and see what they can do (turn your idea into a thing).
Yes, it's scary... you'll cope.
Yes, you might look silly or scrape your knees every now and then... so?
Yes, it might be uncomfortable or even painful at times... welcome to life.
No, not every body will be happy for you or support you... big deal.
And yes sometimes in 'that moment' you'll doubt, regret and stress...
But the rewards over the long-term are amazing.
Personally I'd rather die trying than 'survive' an existence I hate.
As I've said before... sadly, some of us will die with our music still in us.
- Craig Harper