building ideas

Making Your Big Idea A Reality

There are times when I talk a big game -- for example when I announce, "I'm going to cook dinner tonight!" The family knows that is rarely ever going to happen, but I have the idea to do it. I should get some props for that, right? 

Other than my dinner "big ideas" I am pretty good at stating, "I have an idea and I want to see what comes of it." Implementation is my main skill and is what I enjoy doing the most. I do have ideas and I have many that have come to fruition, but given a choice, I'd rather take someone else's idea and help them make it a reality. 

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I have a business colleague who is amazing at BIG ideas. It's usually my job to say, "Great idea! Now here are the steps to make it a reality." 

There are many types of people in this big wide world. I prefer to surround myself with those people who believe in the ideas they come up with, build that idea out into a fully realized state then build whatever comes of it. 

Since my breast cancer diagnosis I have embraced the Chinese proverb, "The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago." Why? Because I can talk about something -- a plan, a dream, a goal -- for a year (as an example). At the end of that year, if I am no closer to bringing it to life then I have wasted a year on the growth of my "tree." 

What dream do you want to bring to life? What is your big idea? What happens if two weeks, two months, two years, twenty years from now you still haven't planted your tree? How will you feel to look back and know you could now, right this very minute, be nurturing your tree if only you'd dug that hole and planted that seed twenty years ago. 

I don't want to let my dreams go without being planted any longer than they have to. Life is short. Dream it. Build it. Become it. 

What dream is rolling around in your head that needs to come forth as a fully realized idea? What are you waiting for? 

  • Time?
  • Money?
  • Inspiration?
  • Your life to "calm down"
  • The kids to be grown?
  • Retirement?

I urge you to plant your tree today. You will never know how mighty that oak/idea will become over the course of two decades! 

If you're struggling to narrow down your idea, let me know in the comments. Let's talk!