Try it on was the counsel a friend’s son gave her as she day dreamed out loud about other things she could do to earn a living that would bring her more satisfaction. After decades of working in marketing communications and retail, her deep seeded love and talent as an artist was going undernourished.
A beautiful water colorist, her talent was yearning to find its expression in a book of sketches or perhaps illustrations for children’s stories. “I wonder…” my friend wondered out loud like so many of us. “Well, just try it on”, her son said, “and see if it fits. If it doesn’t, try something else.”
We chuckled at this care free perspective. Spoken like a true Millennial we thought, who doesn’t have to worry about the mortgage payment or health insurance – just yet.
But as we chuckled some more, the wisdom of the neophyte began to come through. Why not build out an idea and experiment with it? Why not test the waters and see what happens and what lessons can be learned?
Its actually very smart. For one thing, you don’t need all of the details in place to get started. The universe has a way of showing up with and filling in the blanks when you need it. but what you do need is an idea and the willingness to do the work. Willingness to do the work means willingness to put distractions aside so that you can concentrate and let ideas flow through to you. This is an important component, because what you focus your thought energy on, increases. What you focus on is what you draw to you. (Don’t take my word for it. Pay attention to what’s going on in your life and you will see patterns and correlations.)
What is it you always wanted to do? Have you written it out? What would it feel like to do that thing or accomplish that one thing? How will it feel if a year from now, you still have not begun working toward it? I’m not talking about quitting your day job and jumping in feet first. I’m talking about building out your vision, crafting a plan and chipping away at it a little every day.
We spend a lot of time watching other people living out their dreams while ours are stuck in the recesses of our minds. We are withholding our gifts and they are needed. But if our ideas don’t come through us, they will come through someone else. The universe will not be denied.
You have everything you need right now. Use what’s in your quiver to get started. Try it on. If it doesn’t fit, then try something else. One thing is for sure, you won’t know unless you try. And nothing beats a failure but a try. Says popular minister and author Joel Osteen, “As long as you have breath, somebody needs what you have. Somebody needs your gifts. Somebody needs your talent.” *
A little hint: That you have the idea is indication that it is possible.
Make it a good week and don’t forget. Believe and live forward.
Empowering question of the week: What idea or gift are you denying the world?
*Joel Osteen, on Oprah’s Life Class October 28, 2012-10-30