by Francois Coetzee
In the last year I have been working with creative people from all walks of life ranging from career minded individuals to innovators that help others develop better ways of working. And what is amazing to me is the low importance we tend to give to our own ideas.
A recent survey among Mindcampers and other creative thinkers uncovered some of the reasons why they abandon their own ideas:
- Not enough time
- Not enough money
- It’s been done before
- Too much energy
- Confidence in my ideas
- Don’t know what to do
And what stands out for me is how many of these creative thinkers will not give their own ideas the attention and love it deserves while tirelessly working on the (often inferior) ideas of others.
It is time to start focusing on the best ideas we will ever know – our own.
Too often we allow our ideas to disappear into nothingness instead of allowing ourselves to get to know it, fall in love with it a little, then a lot, and building a lasting relationship with it. And the miraculous thing is that if we spend a little time we will build the kind of excitement that makes it difficult to let go of an idea and before you know it a creation will live in the world, one of our own doing.
And the first step to building excitement around your idea is to envision a new world in which this idea is alive and benefiting someone. With this energy in mind the next step is to understand the world you live in and which needs to be transcended in order to create your glorious new world. And the path to crossing this chasm between the old world and the new exciting world is to know how much you love your idea and how far you are willing to go to bring about a world in which your ideas live.
So how can you start on this journey?
Set this intention for Mindcamp: “Every session I go to will take me forward one (or more) step towards the glorious new world within which my ideas will live and benefit myself and others.”
And see what happens. Write down that step, or steps, and build on it. Make this a world worth living in with passion and excitement. As Steve Jobs said:
“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.”
Have a great Mindcamp!
Francois Coetzee presents Destiny Starts with a Dream and co-presents Creative Play! with Tjitze Postma at Mindcamp 2015.