I cringe every time I stop to consider the number of great ideas that must go to waste simply because someone waits to launch their idea, business, work of art, or particular masterpiece because they felt that things needed to be perfect before doing so.
Take a moment to ponder the times in your life where you’ve thought of a good idea, but neglected to work on it, only later to see it magically appear for sale in some late night infomercial. How many people thought of “the clapper” (the device which turns lights on and off when one claps their hands) or the “sham-wow” before they achieved As Seen on TV fame?
We’ve all experienced those moments where we felt as though someone stole our idea. You know the one, where we think to ourselves, “I thought about that years ago.”
Of course our idea wasn’t stolen at all. Rather, we, like so many before us, never added the necessary ingredient: Action.
Action is what is needed if we truly want to grow our seedling of an idea into something real and tangible.
Instead of moving forward on our idea, we often convince ourselves that we lack the money, resources, or skill set to make things happen. And so we sit on it, as though it will magically work itself out. Before we know it, our great idea is a distant memory.
It’s easy to brush it off as we discount our abilities, but the sad reality is that we were likely just as capable as the person who ended up meeting with success on “our idea.” The truth is, whatever we might have lacked we most certainly could have learned or acquired had we moved forward in faith and remained open to the idea that we would attain whatever skills or resources were needed.
Life has taught me over the years that we don’t have to have all the answers prior to getting started toward achieving our endeavors. In fact, as you study the lives of many entrepreneurs you quickly find that many of them started working on one idea, and the very act of being in the journey opened their eyes to greater and greater opportunities.
One example is Colonel Sanders, who founded Kentucky Fried Chicken. When he first started, his idea was to sell his chicken recipe to some local restaurants and receive a percentage of those sales. In the beginning, he had not yet grown into the vision that would go on to become Kentucky Fried Chicken. He was turned down again and again and again.
Colonel’s persistence in following his dream is commendable…what’s often overlooked is that with each new rejection of his idea, his vision began to take hold. It grew from a small idea to a larger one.
Had he not started right where he was and taken some real action, even if he didn’t have it all laid out perfectly to begin with, he likely would have been in the same boat that so many are — caught thinking to themselves, “I thought of that years ago.”
Consider for a moment that more often than not the difference between the person whom experiences a sense of accomplishment for having achieved what they set out to do and the person who must live with the regret of “what might have been” … is often found in the person’s ability to set out in the pursuit of their ideas despite not having everything clearly laid out as to how they will get there.
Life has an incredible way of filling in the details for the person who is willing to set out in the pursuit of their goals and dreams. If you are willing to live your life in accordance with this idea, you will be infinitely better off.
Can you recount at least one time in your own life where your willingness to pursue something, even if you weren’t exactly 100% sure how you would achieve it, worked out for the best? Did you also pick up some valuable skills along the way?
We grow through the journey. To grow, we must be willing to take the first step and continue that path until completion.
Trust that the details, resources, and people necessary to help you along the way will reveal themselves … and that’s exactly what will happen.