What is an idea? Is it tangible? How is it that some people can come up with an idea, bake it in their mind, and out comes this thing? This morning I want to take you through what I consider to be one of the most powerful skills we as humans have. Creation.
The 4 Elements of Turning Nothing into Something
- Start with your imagination and ideas. Are imagination and ideas nothing? How tangible are ideas? Is the idea to build a home nothing? What about the idea you have to create a business? How about the idea of having better relationships with people? These are all ideas I’ve had. Yesterday, I wrote about the set of your sail. You have to know where you want to go though, right? You have to use your imagination to think about what you want to build, create, achieve, learn or do. Super achievers are doing this all the time. I was watching a show about NASA and I remember seeing the moon lander simulator at NASA Langley Research Center. Astronauts are the ultimate super achievers. They achieve so much by using their imaginations to practice things like moon landings. Gymnasts carefully go through routines in their mind’s eye–over and over again. These people are simulating the things they want to do. So, start with developing your imagination so you can see your ideas clearly.
- Once you have your idea captured in your mind. Now you have to believe what you’ve imagined is possible for you. You have to believe that your idea can become a real thing in your life. You have to find the evidence, sometimes based on your own experience. Think of it like this, “I did it before, I can do it again.”, “I started from nothing before, I can start again.” Maybe you have more specific evidence, or you need to read about someone else who did something like it. You need to find evidence so that it can begin to have substance. Then you have to have the faith to believe. Faith adds to the substance. Having the faith to believe in your idea is the next step in making it real for you. You have to convince yourself that what you’ve imagined can happen to you.
- Now comes the fun part. Make it real. Pull it out of the ether and lay it down. Build that business. Make that new product. Do the actions that you need to do to create that thing you’ve been dreaming about and build it. This is where you apply work. Goto work making it tangible. Breathe life into the idea. Take it from your mind to paper to the object that didn’t exist before you imagined it.
- Finally, appreciate the creation process you’ve used to make it real and do the work. Appreciate the disciplines that make it real. If you’ve got your home, do the work of living in your home, the way you’ve designed it. Enjoy it. Do the work.
Have a great morning team!