Your Greenhouse of New Ideas
How kind are you to new ideas?
I often liken new ideas to seedlings. Baby sparks of creativity, vulnerable and full of potential. You plant the seeds of your ideas not knowing which will grow. You nurture them with sun, water and kindness and protect them from hardship and frost and, over time, some grow healthy and strong. Some may not respond and may wither or go dormant for a while.
You might give selected seedling ideas special attention & invest in fertiliser that's just right for them. You might have many ideas on the go at once or just a select few. You may have limited space for fully grown plants but you can tend to many ideas in the green house and it can be a way of keeping many dreams and ambitions alive whilst in reality you are only able to commit to and pursue a limited number.
Over time, one strong idea might come to the fore for your next venture. Or maybe you'll want the variety and balance of doing more than one thing. Your seedling might look one way as one shoot but then grow into a plant that looks completely different. Maybe the ideas will cross fertilise each other and you'll end up with a combo.
These options are only possibilities if you are a good gardener. Seedling ideas are easily squashed by criticism and judgement, however well-meaning. Of course you will need to explore if your ideas are viable, evaluate and ask difficult questions but this can only happen once your Ideas have reached a level of maturity. Until then you need to protect them and treat them with kindness.
This means taking care who you share your ideas with and being clear what you want from those you do discuss them with. If you can give your inner critic some time off, great! But this isn't something to struggle with. In the same way you would be foolish to judge a seedling for not being a tree, know your critical thoughts are really not about your fresh ideas. When you don't listen to that critical voice, it has no power.
If you have ideas for a new business, my private Facebook group provides a safe space to nurture them. Visit www.facebook.com/deborahreeds.life and details of how to join are pinned to the top of the page.
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