This is part of a series on Good Ideas, Our Flirtations with Them, and Our Commitments to Them.
I’m a person who doesn’t know that I’ve thought until I’ve spoken it out loud, or written my thought down. This is why I LOVE friends, coffee, and fresh paper. Whether you’re my type of an idea-phile, or more of a reserved “just between me and my diary” type; writing, documenting, and listing the ideas that pop into our heads is essential to harnessing their energy.
Keep a List, and No “Pooh-Poohing”
When I used to work at Urban Concern, a co-worker would always remind us that there was to be no “pooh-poohing” of ideas that came up at staff meetings. Well, initially, at least. That is the sense in which you are to keep your idea notebook. It is a dumping ground for every idea that comes into your head: the good, the bad, and the “maybe you should see a therapist”.
Oh, and this is just the best for idea-philes. It’s absolutely guilt free day dreaming. How fun is that? Of course, though, none of us really aspire to be only dreamers. We are, after all, Makers. So what to do when this ongoing list keeps growing, and we still remain hesitant (fearful) to stop jotting and act?
Just Pick One
There are unlimited good ideas in life, but our lives themselves are limited – even if only by the 70 or so years we’re given. A very wise friend counseled my idealistic and driven- dreamer husband this way… She said that life is like a box of chocolates (no, I’m not going all Forrest Gump on you!), and that eventually you have to pick one to eat.
Once you choose your chocolate, you need to enjoy it, savor it, be grateful for it, and STOP wondering what it would have been like had you picked the one that may have had truffle filling!
(OK, I have to confess – I DID eat every. single. piece. of chocolate in that box after I took the photo. That doesn’t really work with my analogy, but I had to tell you anyhow. 🙂 )
This week, I encourage you to give your ideas a voice in a notebook. (Remember to work on your Yes List, too). We’ll wrap up with some thoughts on the value of counsel in the next few days.