The Place and Power of Ideas_ Part 2

It has been proven beyond doubt that ideas have potential to cause a radical change in one’s life when correctly applied. However, there are certain factors which when poorly considered could lead to negative outcomes. In the first part of this article, we mentioned quite a few and while it is our prayer that they help you in more ways than we can imagine, we always believe that it is not what you know that counts, but what you do with what you know.

Continuing with our countdown on the factors to consider or points to note when conceiving and moving on to the implementation of your ideas, we have:

  • 1. Who you share your ideas with matter

Many ideas that had potential have been slaughtered simply because those to whom these ideas were given shared them with the wrong people. A good idea shared with the wrong person will either suffer persecution or immediate murder. (What qualifies someone as being wrong to share your ideas with? This will be answered in our subsequent article.)

You will meet this kind of people on a daily basis. People who are familiar with a particular line of business, and who are not creative or believe in diversity of ideas will always try to talk you out of a path they are not familiar with. Someone who has nothing more than past failed experiences will always tell you why they failed and why you probably might as well fail, rather than share with you the lessons learned or the real cause of their failure. Someone who doesn’t want you to move forward in life will try to keep you grounded by discouraging your efforts.

Categorize your ideas and share them with people you believe are well equipped and qualified in the subject matter at hand. Spiritual ideas will require specific spiritual mentors, as will business, family and even health ideas. The type of business too, for example, matters hence the business mentor you talk to or learn from when it comes to what type of business you are going in to should be taken into consideration.

In life, discretion is something the wise practice on a daily basis. Don’t go around sharing ideas just anyhow or with anyone. There are certain things not even your parents, friends or close relations should know at the onset. Be discreet and you will save yourself unnecessary troubles, setbacks and backstabbing.

However, that you should carefully choose whom to listen to, doesn’t mean you should discard valuable information simply because it is not from someone you thought was qualified. Also, note that the feedback you will get from these mentors might not always be positive or a go ahead. Don’t discard them simply because they are not in line with your already predetermined plans. Counsel can be very valuable when analyzed objectively.

  • 2. Expect Challenges and Opposition

We just spoke about our founding Fathers; people who led us on the course of innovation and advancements as we now know it; the likes of Noah, Abraham, Moses, or present day figures as Isaac Newton, Henry Ford, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Edison, Albert Einstein, Napoleon Hill, and business magnates like Sam Walton, Rockefeller, to name but these. Imagine they gave up because of the challenges and insults they faced? And be rest assured that you will get your fair share of challenges, hard times – where giving up will seem like the most logicL thing to do – opposition, criticism and insults. Most of them being discouraging words and slangs, often from people close to us, given in an often joking manner; asking questions like: “So you really think I will spend my money on that?” Well, thank God we didn’t consider them as part of our clientele to start with. That they are close doesn’t mean you can’t do without them and that they may not be interested doesn’t mean it holds same for everyone; but again, you never will know unless you try. Just keep them out of your mind and space and move on.

Some people will even be downright mad at you for wanting to proceed with your ideas. But what if the innovators of our time had given up due to such? I doubt there would still be a human race to begin with or cars today to ride in, clothes to put on or electricity and the light bulb. These men didn’t give up and today, the world can’t thank them enough and I reckon even those who stood in opposition are at the top of that list; the list of those who are immensely thankful. Yes, they opposed them, but later rejoiced and thanked God they didn’t give up because of their opposition. It is often said that the greatest discoveries and innovations came from men and ideas that were most criticized and opposed, and history holds this true. Expect challenges, but don’t let them keep you from action.

There however is a fine line between opposition or criticism and objective counsel. Remember we said earlier that not all ideas must be acted upon. It would be best we leave some as they are, though they might seem to be great ideas. Some may be good ideas coming at the wrong time, or ideas that are really not good, but have a gold coating on, and if someone genuinely observes them as such and presents his counsel, don’t ride them off.

However, beware of good opinions that come at bad times, after a definite decision has already been made.
And remember that if all someone tells you are the risks and fears of failing involved in doing something, just go right ahead and do what you have planned to do, of course, after carrying out more research. Those who are always afraid of failing will never do anything. And remember that your failures are just as important, if not more, than your successes. If you are not to proceed, fear or the risk of failure should not be the major reason.

  • 3. Avoid Distractions

Sometimes, too many ideas popping up at the same time may rather derail us, as we make the mistake of trying to execute them all at once. If not properly prioritized, these ideas may serve as distractions, especially if they can’t be handled at the same time. To solve this, prioritize your ideas; always starting with the one that will most likely help you progress to the next. Stop trying to do everything at once and once you determine to focus on a particular project, let nothing else come in between that. I say this because most of us are fond of saying we are saving for so, so and so project and then something else comes up and before we know it, we divert all the funds we had been saving for project A to the new one. Remember that if they can’t be handled at once, you may end up everywhere, but with nothing tangible to show forth in the end. Focus on one till it is established and grounded, then you can get to the next.
This is why goal setting is very important as it helps you classify your ideas in various easy to tackle categories: immediate goals, short term and long term goals.

One idea can change a whole lot
Ideas have been likened to seeds in so many instances. This is because they have the ability to grow into something really big if we feed them with the right nutrients and give them as much attention as is needed. They equally can wither away into oblivion if we neglect them or focus on their present size rather than on their potential to expand.

While reading a book about ways to build a successful network marketing business, the author stressed on the fact that a network marketing business was like any other traditional business, which when neglected will definitely crumble. Ideas, in the same light, are valuable gems that must be treated based on their potential. If you treat them right they will produce, but if you treat them wrong, they will die.
If it’s going to be, it is up to you
Most people have resulted to folding their arms while expecting something to happen in their favour. Well, it doesn’t work that way. There is no magic wand that you can just use to wave your ideas to fruitful realities. As Religious people too, praying only won’t do us much good, not that praying is not like one of the most important lifestyle patterns we all should adopt, but that we can’t use prayer to replace the need to work. No matter how well you pray, you just can’t expect God to bless a field you haven’t planted. For there to be a time of harvest, there first of all must be a seed time or planting time and who does the planting and catering? You are right… You are!

If it is going to happen, you must go out there and make it happen. If you keep doing only the things you normally know how to do, you never will become more than you already are. Remember that it is not about what you know, but about what you do with what you know that will change your story. Ideas have tremendous potential. But this potential is only exploited when these ideas are acted upon. It therefore means that failure to act on these ideas renders their potential useless.
Stop folding your arms and stop waiting for perfect weather conditions either. Stop procrastinating, on the excuse that the time is not right or that you are still too young or too old. Some say their jobs or academic obligations take all their time. These are just excuses because you can study and still exploit your ideas on a part time basis. And if you were given the idea, it means you were considered old enough or still young enough to act on it.

To Conclude…
What is the one thing you will do today if you knew you could never fail? In order words, if you were told that you will succeed at anything you decided to do right now, anything, what will you do? Approach your ideas this way. Better still, if you were promised complete funding of your ideas, on the condition that you presented a detailed plan of how you were going to go about executing them (some sort of business plan), what plans and information will you try to acquire just so that you are completely certain and funded? That is probably the amount of information you will need to get right now, in order for your ideas to succeed.

This is so important because without ideas, man won’t make any more progress. The reason why the aforementioned innovators stood out and still do today is because they refused to conform to the mediocre default pattern of thinking like others or reacting to challenges the way they did – giving up at the slightest sight of something uncomfortable. Thinking like the ‘others’ and doing things the way they did wasn’t going to get them anywhere different from where these ‘others’ had gotten.

Thinking and acting like others will get you to where they got and further in that direction. This holds both for innovative thinkers and cynical thinkers. Just make sure you choose whom to think and act like correctly. In order to be different and get different results, you must do things differently. If everyone were to believe in your ideas, then there is a problem. Don’t let counter opinions prevent you from forging ahead. If anything, let them help you alter or readjust your plans, not completely forgo them. If someone genuinely tells you why he or she thinks your idea won’t work, objectively analyze their reasons and see how you can make the necessary adjustments to counter their predictions. In this way, you would have listened to them, but rather than give up on your ideas, would have taken necessary measures thanks to the points they pointed out, to ensure you avert their predictions.

Seek ideas; you will get a great deal of them from reading books, listening to tapes, going on seminars and most importantly during quiet reflective or meditative moments; spending time to think about problems around you and ways to solve them. Whatever you do, seek new and creative ideas because the world today runs at the pace of innovation, creativity and flexibility. If you lag behind you will be trampled under. And when you do find that one idea, which doesn’t necessarily have to be a perfect idea, always remember that the foolish idea is the one that is never acted upon. Get relevant and adequate information and then step out.

It is not what you know that changes your story, but what you do with what you know.



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