What is the point of this? It’s that you just don’t know what’s going on beneath the surface. You don’t know what someone is struggling with. You don’t know if the person in line in front of you who is counting out pennies and dimes to pay for groceries is worried he or she won’t have enough. That person, for all you know, is mortified to be counting change. You just don’t know their circumstance.
Too often we have a big idea and sit down, right then and there, to work it out. What needs to happen next? What will I call the business - will I name it after the big idea or invent a new name and put the big idea in the ‘about’?
Truth is, getting serious means fully committing. And fully committing means not only answering those questions, but a boatload more. I have a new ebook coming out soon about this. “10 Questions for Making it Happen” outlines the 10 pre-launch questions you should be asking and answering, before you act on your big idea. That’s when you really get serious.
“If anyone could do it,” I might say to those who tell me anyone could do it, “why don’t they? Oh wait, it’s because you did it. It’s all you. It’s truly unique and special, because of you.” And they smile. Sometimes they nod. Often, the light goes on and they recognize the work of art they’ve created is one of a kind.
Is there any reason you can’t take five minutes a day to do a quick desk clean up? After a few days of five minutes a day, you will be able to see the top of your desk and your work life will be less chaotic.
I truly believe that desk cleanliness will lead to heightened effectiveness, efficiency and productiv
Nostalgia rings true in our ears, of late. The world is bombarding baby boomers with memories of those turbulent sixties and those flower power seventies and those years beyond, where we were suddenly adults and we had kids and we needed to be ‘responsible.’
The memories are as clear in our brains as yesterday’s lunch. (I think I had soup for lunch yesterday, or was it a ham sandwich?)
Isn’t that the core of everything we aspire to as human beings? You must be you, and I must be me and when we have big ideas about life and work and play, the product of those ideas is unique to a T.
I’ve always wanted to:
Write a novel
Start a business
Learn to knit/sew/do woodworking
Run a marathon
How To Move Beyond, "I've Always Wanted To..."
It is so easy to get stuck in the “I’ve always wanted to…” cycle. There are so many things you may want to do, but you don’t. Why? There are various reasons: You may not have the time, money or knowledge. Believe me, if you truly want to do something you can find the time, money (or a free or low-cost way to learn) or find someone with whom to have accountability or mentorship to propel your idea forward.
For example, there are times I have said, “I want to learn to play the flute.” I played clarinet in high school — because that was the instrument my mother liked and the one she said she and dad would pay for. She didn’t care for the flute, therefore I didn’t get to learn it. Our daughter, however, was in band and she chose the flute. If I wanted to learn to play it right now, at my age, I am certain she would teach me. I could also find a tutor (I’ll bet a high school music teacher would offer lessons) and get away from the “I’ve always wanted to” and on to “I AM doing it.”
I know from my own life that there are times I say, “I don’t have time to do XYZ.” When I take a cold, hard look at my lifestyle I realize that I plop my butt in front of the television for three hours a night. If I truly wanted to do something, anything, I could give up television, right? Right. I do also know myself well enough to know that I have no creative energy at night. I wouldn’t work on my novel after having spent a day writing. I could, however, take up knitting or work on a cross stitch project. There is truly no excuse to not move a hobby, dream or Big Idea forward.
What can you do today to go from “I’ve always wanted to…” to realize that dream — no matter how big or small? Keep in mind there are no small ideas — if it’s your dream, then it is BIG in your mind and that’s what matters.
Yvonne and I are working on a project that will kick off early December (we hope. All depends on my hand surgery and that’s a topic for another post!). We would LOVE your help, though in helping us hone our focus. Help us move from “I’ve/We’ve always wanted to host a mastermind group for baby boomers who want to take their Big Idea from thought to action and interact with like minded people.”
We’d appreciate your help. It’s easy. It’s quick. AND it puts you in a drawing for one of two Amazon gift cards we are giving away just for helping us out! Click here.