The idea for this post came as I was standing in a T.J.Maxx aisle. I found myself looking at those popular pieces of inexpensive art, the manifesto boards. Mantras on life. This decade’s version of the motivational poster. Holstee, an eco friendly clothing company, probably helped to launch this trend with their manifesto, which ended up being turned into a poster due to its success.
As I was staring at the manifesto boards in the store, I was inspired to create my own. In those moments, I was excited about the idea, but I found in the next few days, I was losing momentum. My idea ADD was setting in.
When you have a flash of inspiration, do you find after your initial excitement, you experience the following in the hours and days after?
- Is this idea _______? (boring, crazy, etc. You fill in the blank.)
- Will anyone be interested or buy this?
- Hasn’t this been done or said before?
Slowly but surely doubt begins to creep in and before you know it, you have talked yourself out of this idea that you once thought was pretty cool.
So, what do you do? Realize, there usually is a small window of time in which to start working on an idea before the inspiration goes. If you wait too long to begin, you might never start, but at least if you start, you gather momentum. The most important part is to begin.
Follow that odd idea. You never know where it may take you.