Doing Something Different? Do This.
When you are rocking the boat and making changes, there can be a lot of excitement and a lot of fear as well. You’re nervous you’ll screw up or perhaps you might think of an easier route to do things.
While some ideas may seem quite appealing, I encourage you all to not think of those easier alternatives and head straight on with your idea. I’m not talking about only the small little ideas that you have from day to day, but also the big ones as well.
But why exactly would you do something like this?
After all, you could come up with a better idea to replace those plans that make more sense. Or perhaps it’s something that you feel isn’t going to go well.
While that may be true, what’s to say that your second, third, or fourth idea is better than the original?
And if you’re already doubting the plan, you can always expand on the idea further and flesh it out.
Sticking with the original plan when you want to do something different is key because it teaches us so much more. Let me explain.
The first idea, especially a big one will typically be harder than the other ideas. If you feel uneasy about the idea you’ll work to find the source of it and try to smooth it over. You show concern and worry over it and in the end, the second idea looks more appealing because you made it more comfortable to think about.
The thing is though, comfort is the enemy of progress and growth. Your first idea may be exceptional and we would never know unless you planned it out and executed it.
We will always be left in the dark about where ideas will take us, so why not go with the idea that’s the least comfortable?
As people, we all know that comfort is not going to get us anywhere. Every discovery and product out there in the world is due to someone having an idea and not backing down from it. Whether the product or service was a flop or not is beside the point. At least in terms of failures, now we know it doesn’t work.
Only by this point should we be allowed to go back to our idea and make adjustments.
On top of that, by following your first idea you are forced to learn about something. If there is something that I don’t know I’ve taken the time to go and google it and read articles. I watch videos that talk about it and I get a grasp of the subject. All of this is after I commit to the idea.
This act reminds me of a quote from Richard Branson:
“If somebody offers you an amazing opportunity but you are not sure you can do it, say yes — then learn how to do it later!”
And he’s right. Say yes, take the leap, and then learn more about it later on. Even if you are the one offering this idea to yourself. Regardless take the leap.
And if you fail, you can learn and that’s all there is to it.
To your growth!
Eric S Burdon
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