I have nearly 500 ideas for blog posts. I have 50 ideas for books. I’ve got 100 pages of notes to tweak, refine, streamline or focus the organization I lead. I have ideas for 10 non-profits and then there is always that business venture…
I am not kidding. I love ideas! I get lost in them. I dwell on them. I write them out and keep lists of them. I always have. It seems I always have ideas. It’s weird. My ideas keep me up at night. They cover sheets of paper. I have them scattered on post-it-notes.
It’s kind of ridiculous. Am I really going to write all of this stuff? Am I really going to start all of these organizations? Nope. No chance.
But I still write them down. Still record them and file them away. All because I am convinced an idea is a…possibility.
Ideas matter because they point to possibilities.
World change starts when we take good ideas and do something about them. Great advancements in civilization have been made in this way. Social movements have started with an idea. Ideas into action make our lives better. They keep us moving together toward a better tomorrow.
Ideas are great but real change comes through action.
What are your great ideas?
- A book?
- A website to help connect volunteers to worthy causes?
- A seminar to help immigrants?
- A business venture to bring clean water to remote locations of the world.
- A solution to a social problem in your community.
- A non-profit after-school program?
- An invention that can help us mow the grass faster. (Someone please get on this one!)
Maybe it’s an idea that is more focused and personal
- An idea that might save your marriage.
- An ideas that could help your child gain more confidence.
An idea that can help a friend in need.
Whatever your idea, what do you need to do to make it a reality?
Here is the tension you and I live with: It seems too easy to give up on our great ideas. It’s too easy to say to ourselves – what’s the point anyway? Not all of our ideas are good ideas. (In fact, most aren’t.)
Yet, I believe that each of us has one really good idea in them. Each of us have an idea that can change things for ourselves, for the people around us – maybe even the world.
Ideas matter. Your ideas matter. You shouldn’t keep them to yourself.
I want to encourage you here. Do me a favor and TELL ONE PERSON about your great idea. We need to hear about your best ideas. If you need a place to tell someone about your idea, give it here. Comment and I will write you back.
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