Self-Care Challenge (Day 57): Exploring New Possibilities

Seth GodinMy entrepreneurial spirit does not have an “off” button. It seems I’m always thinking about “what if” scenarios. What if I did it this way? What if it looked like this? What if I focused all my energy on just this one thing? 

And that’s where the trouble starts. For those who experience similar thinking patterns, you know that it can be extremely difficult to stay focused on just one project, one idea, or one possibility. It’s like trying to catch bubbles: Just when you think you’ve landed one it bursts and you’re already setting your sights on catching the next one. 

For me, ideas flow non-stop. I wake up at 2 AM with ideas that I scribble down in the dark. New ideas come to me in the shower and I find myself drawing images with my finger on the shower door.  Ideas arrive at stoplights, at the grocery store, in the middle of a workout, on hikes in the woods. All. The. Time.

Fortunately, exploring new possibilities is good for our health. When we find new ways to do things we’re using our brains the way we’re supposed to. We’re using our potential. 

I love the excitement I feel the moment a new idea emerges. I can envision it actually happening, and it’s so vivid that it might as well be real. When you think about all of the inventors, innovators and visionaries throughout history, it’s comforting to know that they too had many ideas–most of which never made it out of their head. But some of their ideas did make it out alive–and they made a difference. I am excitedly working on a project that I’ll be sharing more about soon. I can’t wait to see what happens next.

Possibilities lead to contributions, and each of us has at least one significant contribution to make in our lifetime. What is yours?

 

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