Do you remember when you hit on a fantastic idea. Then after some research, began to doubt it’s greatness. But you kept at it, and then let others in on it. The feedback ran from lukewarm to cold, with just a few likes, and discouragement began to set in. You wondered if there was anything worth anything in this idea at all. You put it on the shelf, worked at other things.
Then you happened on something that made you think of that idea, reinforcing your belief in it. So you began again to work with it, adding, changing, expanding, regaining that enthusiasm you once had. This process may go through several more cycles until you have something you like.
By the time you feel done, that original idea might look very different from how you’d initially imagined it, but all that effort you put into it makes it feel like it was worth all that effort.
There’s a term – “originals”. It refers to people who are inventive, and are able to come up with ideas that are truly original. Originals have plenty of doubts about their ideas and about themselves, but they keep trying different things, running through failure after failure until they succeed in solving the problem they’d put before themselves.
You might not know that are one of those Originals. You’ve had ideas, worked with them, got discouraged, put them away. Maybe it’s time to brush a few of those amazing ideas off.
Quote of the Week
“You know, over the years, I’ve had my share of friends, enemies, lovers, losses, and triumphs. With time, they all begin to run together, but you will find the real moments are vibrant. The rest just fades away. Your pain will fade.”
― Klaus Mikaelson, author of Original Vampires
The surprising habits of original thinkers
Maryanne Nicholls is a Registered Psychotherapist. To find out more, gain access to her weekly newsletter, meditations and programmes, sign up at www.thejoyofliving.co .