So, you have this idea you could set in motion, but you’re just not sure… to create or not to create? Hopefully, this post will help you make that decision and get moving.
Remember how in college you had to submit assignments on time to get marks for the course? If you turn it in – you get feedback and pass, if you don’t – you fail the course. And higher level courses had prerequisites – you could only take them after you’d passed the specified courses on the previous level.
This pretty much describes, in a nutshell, how we advance in post-college life. Except instead of assignments, we often get to create anything we want, and instead of strict teachers, we have a whole lot of people around who will be giving us feedback on our creation (be it your boss and colleagues if it’s a work project, or art gallery visitors if you’re an independent painter).
But now that there aren’t any teachers pressuring us into doing assignments under tight deadlines, we find it hard to accept the control over our own creative process. We get tempted to postpone acting on our ideas, and our progress dwindles down to the point when we feel we don’t drive our life forth – instead, circumstances kick us forward.
The good news is that you can put a stop to the awful feeling of being kicked around at any moment – simply by making a firm decision to act on the most exciting idea you have at the moment that can contribute to a better future for you.
Basically, here’s the choice we’re facing at every crossroads in our life. The previous chapter has been closed (or is about to be, and you’re sensing it by how little involvement you feel with the current circumstances), so you can either start setting up an action plan to write the next chapter, or wait until the next chapter unrolls by itself from where the last one left off.
The only way to fail, really, is to give up before the fight when you have a burning, untameable desire inside to experience something. Do nothing, and you sure as hell will find yourself with nothing. The burning desire you had will become a dying flame inside, hurting you with disappointment of never having had the guts to go for it. This is truly a loss – both for you and for those whose lives would’ve been transformed if only you had done that special something…
The bottom line is this – if you decide to create, you’re guaranteed to get an outcome. Something tangible that you can show for the effort invested and time passed. New connections, ways of thinking, opportunities and experiences that wouldn’t have been possible if you hadn’t chosen action.
This is your reward for acting on your idea. If this way upstairs, getting closer and closer to the life you’ve always wanted to lead, seems a good investment of your time and energy, you know what to do. Create!
And enjoy your journey!