"There isn't a shortage of ideas. There is a shortage of execution"
- Seth Godin
Have you ever been sat there doing your thing, like writing a blog post, designing or making something, and an idea just hits you - BAM. You stop and think, wow this is an amazing idea, I've got to tell someone about it!
Then you start to write it down or talk your friend through it. And as you're explaining it you start to think...
"Is this actually a good idea, or am I just completely, utterly losing my mind and this is the stupidest thing in the whole world?
It seems as soon as we come up with a good idea we instantly talk ourselves out of it.
Because really, the idea isn't the problem, is it?
That sounds really harsh when you're reading it, friend, I'm sorry. What I mean is that the real issue isn't about the idea - it's about actually doing it.
And that usually comes down to fear.
So today, I wanted to encourage you and show you how you can have complete faith in your ideas and DO something about them.
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Remember - You Have Ideas For A Reason
Isn't it amazing how passionate and excited you get when you talk about or do something you really enjoy? Like when you're writing an epic blog post and you think, my audience is going to LOVE this, I can't wait to teach them this! Or when you're talking to someone in person or over email, helping them out with something and you're completely inspired.
This is what sparks ideas in you and you have them for a reason. Without ideas, how would we create anything? And that warm feeling you get when you just feel completely alive is a sign that you’re meant to take action.
A sign that you’re meant to follow through on these ideas.
You’ve got unique talents and special gifts for a reason. You have a specific purpose where you’re supposed to use them. Why wouldn’t you take advantage of this?
Sure, you might have the same job or same blog type as someone else. But your ideas won’t be the same.
If you’re always talking yourself out of your ideas, why is that? Why are you determined to make these ideas not work for you? Why are you searching for reasons why you won’t be able to do them, rather than figuring out a way to make them happen?
Remember that you have ideas for a reason. That will help you to have faith in them and take action.
Believe In Yourself & Other People Will Start To Believe In You Too
Self-belief is hard, I know. But nothing truly good can start with other people. It has to come from you, your confidence and your belief. If you think you can’t do something then it won’t happen, will it? It’s all about your mindset.
I can relate to this. At the moment, my piano teacher is teaching me some really difficult jazz and blues riffs. They're really unnatural things to play and they have to become part of your muscle memory for you to be able to do it. It’s like you’ve got to force your body to work in this way.
I can be sat there trying and trying to get these riffs right, stop suddenly and think I can’t do this. Right there, I could stop, get up, leave the piano and not carry on. But I don’t – why? Because I know I can do it. And with that belief comes the belief from others that I can do it too.
You’ll notice the difference in how much you believe in your ideas by how passionate you are about them. It’s like when you’re coming up with an idea for your next blog post. If you don’t feel excited about it, then do you really believe it’s a good idea? Whereas, if you can’t wait to get stuck into it, then you should have belief in that idea and others will too.
If you fail at something once, twice or even three times, that doesn’t mean you should never try again. You should be sure that you’re going to try again, even if you feel as if everything is against you.
Sometimes you need to get to the lowest point for the magic to really happen.
You could have all the strategies, all the money and all the resources in the world to be successful. But that’s not what you need.
To be truly successful isn’t about strategy or knowledge. It’s about believing in yourself and believing you can get to where you want to be.
Action Beats Thought
Wouldn’t it be better to try something out and know if you want to do it, rather than just think about it and never know?
I mean, what if you put your thoughts into actions and started playing with the idea that you couldn’t make a mistake?
There’s no right or wrong way to start an idea. You just do it. You can plan, of course, but you never really know how it’s going to work out. And at first, you might think you have no idea what you’re doing. But as you progress and get further in, the consistent action will allow you to gain knowledge, learn fast and carry on.
Here’s a little secret – it’s so much easier to change direction when you’re already taking action on something, rather than when you haven’t even started it yet.
We think it’s a cliché when someone tells us we only need to take the first step of the staircase. But actually, Martin Luther King was onto something when he said that quote:
“Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase. Just take the first step.”
At least you’re taking the first step – not just thinking about it.
Having faith in your ideas isn’t something that comes naturally to a lot of people. But you’ve got to have the belief that you can make this happen.
Whatever you’re working on or struggling with right now, ask yourself – how good is it going to feel once I get going with this? How good is it going to feel once this idea is complete and a finished thing?
You need to give your ideas a chance because I bet they’re great. And once you start sharing them with the world, other people will start to think that too.
I’ve definitely got faith in that.
How do you develop faith in your ideas? Do you have any tips for working on self-belief? Share your thoughts in the comments below