Why Ideas Are Overrated

March 19, 2017

Ideas transcend religion, culture, and ethnicity. They are universal and they bond us as a species.

Ideas allow us to evolve ourselves. They speak to our imagination. Tickle the creative inside us, the critic inside us, and best of all, they give us different perspectives so that we can learn.

Ideas make us strive for novelty. Because we always want to grow, and be a better version of ourselves every single day.

Ideas can be fascinating, and inspiring, and encourage you to do things you never thought you’d otherwise do. Ideas make you thrive, and they are an amazing tool you can use so easily to help others thrive, too!

But ideas can also put you off. Or maybe even scare you. They can provoke you. And if you’re not careful, they can get the worst out of you.

Ideas can set you up for failure, and maybe even embarrassment, or shame. They can turn your friends into enemies. And create a distance between what was once close.

But above all…

… ideas and the people who come up with them give us hope. They are like snowballs. Because ideas spark more ideas, and more ideas and more. Until they’ve touched enough lives and the novelty slowly but surely wears off. And maybe, just maybe, they gently settle in as the new norm and take on a life of their own.

Everyone has ideas. Lots and lots of them. We love coming up with ideas. And sharing them with the world.

But generating ideas is overrated. And there’s one big problem with most ideas…

…making them happen.

You see, it’s not just about generating ideas. It’s about showing enough grit, courage and perseverance to actually make them happen. Any idea without follow-through is like a car without an engine. It’s nice to talk about, but it doesn’t get you where you want to go.

Just last Sunday I was attending an amazing workshop organized by Rocking The World. It’s a workshop focused on promoting social change (I highly recommend you check it out btw).

The team I was in came up with a really cool idea that everybody was excited to work on right from the very start. We came to a pretty concrete plan that was very straight forward and easy to roll out.

But at the end of the workshop when we asked who wanted to take ownership of this idea and lead the team towards a good outcome, everyone took a step back and shied away.

I was quite surprised and taken aback by this. What happened to this team of 10 that was so excited about this idea just half an hour ago?!

It’s impossible that every single one of them all of a sudden completely abandoned the idea, or didn’t like it anymore.

Sure. It’s an option that some of them weren’t all that excited, but definitely not EVERYONE, right?

So, in my head there was only one possibility…

Fear is what’s holding them back.

Fear of the unknown. Fear of novelty, and doing something new. Fear of failure. Or, in other words, fear of what happens when they step outside of their comfort zone.

So, I decided to give an impromptu pep-talk to see if I could take away some of that fear, and get someone to step forward to own this idea and push to make it a reality.

3 minutes later Izham hesitantly raised his hand… “I think I can try to do this”, he said.

BOOM!

Inspiration: 1. Fear: 0.

It’s amazing how much of a difference 3 minutes can make in someone’s attitude towards something.

The point I’m trying to make here is simple, really.

I’m sure you’ve been in the exact same situation Izham was. You had this idea. You want to make it happen. But you allow (imaginary) fear to hold you back from actually doing so – whereas all you need is a little inspiration of people who have done it before.

Plenty of examples out there, all you need to do is be willing to listen. I assure you it’s not that scary after all. And once you’re out of your comfort zone, the magic that will unfold is gonna get you so hooked you’re never gonna wanna go back in! It’s simply how the brain works, the dopamine will keep you hooked 😉

Now go make sh*t happen!

Article Source: The Incitement

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