begin it now.
Gerty's Advice Still holds.
Whether it was Goethe or a translator who actually penned the words;
“Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it; Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it.”
The words ring true. Read them again!
POW! Gorgeous isn’t it?
Our minds are wonderful hubs of creativity, magic, invention and endless possibility.
But if we choose to let our wonderful imaginings reside only within and do not take action to turn them into reality they do not exist in the world.
They are the intangibles; our thoughts, hopes and dreams.
It takes action to get them out there into the world.
That Sneeky Mind Worm of Self-Doubt!
There is always a point when we get an idea, or dream of doing something new, changing our career, building something, painting a picture, suggesting a new way, when we stop.
It is a pivotal point.
A moment when the rest of the story is decided.
For some that might be a brief moment, like the moment on the high board before you jump into the pool below.
But for some of us, it is the space where a little mind-worm starts wriggling.
A wriggling, niggle which becomes the voice of an inner parent who keeps us safe by clipping our wings.
And we stop ourselves.
Better the Devil You Know.
Who ever spouted such claptrap?
A devil is a devil. There is no good devil so how can the devil you know be in any way better?
Just get rid of the devil!
I love sayings, but this one makes me spit.
But fear of the unknown to the inner parent is very real.
Best not to change the status quo.
Hug the Inner Parent and Do It Anyway!
In the real world it is a rite of passage that at some point when growing up we do something, go somewhere that our parents disapprove of.
The same has to happen with our inner-parent from time to time.
So, we have this great idea, a project, a plan, a dream, a suggestion.
And the inner parent reins it in.
You do not share your idea, or start your project. You do not make your suggestion, or do that thing that you really want to because you have listened to your inner-parent.
Now feel you don’t have the right to, you’re not good enough, something will go wrong, someone else is already doing it better, it might offend, it might not work, etc, etc ad infinitum.
The voice of the inner-parent will point out every negative aspect of “but what if…” and how things can go wrong.
It’s safe, but at what price?
Having listened to our inner parent and decided not to act on our innermost creative wants, those thoughts and ideas don’t just go away.
We may be safe but we are not at peace.
Our wonderful thoughts and imaginings, our potential-full wishes are made of strong stuff.
So those creative thoughts and ideas continue to peck away. The wonderful ideas will not silence, they nudge at the corners of our conscience whispering “listen to me”.
Then self-recrimination kicks in and tells us that we’ve failed because we are not doing anything about our inner calls to action.
Well, let me tell you, not starting something that you want to do, does not mean you have failed. It just means you haven’t started it yet.
It doesn’t matter if you are still nursing an ambition from childhood, you have not failed, you just didn’t move in the direction of your dreams.
You haven’t started it yet.
But you can.
That something you want to do is half way there. It is already formed in your head but just isn’t out in the wider world yet.
I love that word… YET.
What if the thoughts, the plans, the wonderings of your mind are not just for you? What if they are necessary to inspire others?
What if the creation of your mind, that thing you want to put out there, what if once released into the world inspires one other person and transforms their life?
What if it inspires ten other people or a thousand?
What if that small creative thought is destined to ultimately change something small or something big in the world for the better?
When you think about it like that doesn’t it make you want to batten down your courage, dare to put your idea out there and seize the day?
Alternatively, what if, it just makes you happier?
Isn’t that above all else a perfect reason?
Be brave, be bold, be beautiful because that is just how your marvellous mind is.
Whatever that thing is, that you are holding in your mind and heart, do it.
Do it with boldness and bravery.
And then do it again.
Do it now.
With a smile and warm regards,