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How to Kill an Idea

By: Michael Blankenship |

‘If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.”

– Henry David Thoreau

How many times have you had an awesome idea…

That just…

Went nowhere?

I’m not talking about your plan for the weekend or your houseplant that died.

I’m talking about an idea you could feel in your bones.

The kind that lights a bonfire in your heart and makes you do things you don’t normally do.

👉You buy a domain name

👉You call your mom

👉You quit your job

For a couple days the stars are aligned.

All the misshapen events of your past come together like the biography of someone who made something of themselves.

And then…

Almost as silently as the idea came to you…

A couple weeks later you’re hating your life again.

That awesome idea you had was not the lifeline you thought it was going to be. 

It was a tripwire you set up for yourself to fall.

But here’s a thought.

What if the idea really was a lifeline?

What if I told you there was a cure for this cycle of sabotage?

The ‘father of personal development’ Charles F. Haanel over 110 years ago now wrote this amazing line:

“We must plant the seed and leave it undisturbed.”

Do you know what it means to leave your ideas undisturbed?

Here’s what it means:

👉You’re not allowed to doubt

👉You’re not allowed to worry

👉You’re not allowed to lose faith for a second

If any of this creeps in you’re like a gardener digging up a seed to see if it’s growing yet.

In other words, you’re killing your own ideas.

I’m not saying this is easy.

I’m just telling you that if you felt an idea in your bones once, you’re gonna feel it again and again and again.

Nothing can extinguish the exhilarating feeling of purpose.

Don’t doubt it.

Keep on believing especially when no one else does and even your bank card says ‘nah’ on a $4 purchase at the grocery store.

A seed takes root in darkness.

Stop killing your ideas before you give them the time to grow.

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