“Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin…” Zechariah 4:10
On Sunday, January 20, 2013, I launched a Big Idea–my first book “THRIVE!” I have such a feeling of gratitude when I think about all that has happened from the time I started writing that book until today. I remember taking a picture of a sunflower at my desk in July 2012 (above). And I remember brainstorming with my friend, Johanne, from COOL Creative (CoolCreativeinc.com) about the THRIVE! book cover design. Since then, I have written a second book and embarked on many other exciting projects. One of those projects Children of Inmates (COI) recently received funding from the State of Florida to expand beyond Miami-Dade County into both the Tampa and Jacksonville areas of the State. Working on Big Ideas has been energizing, adventuresome, and filled with unexpected blessings every step of the way.
Here are three things I learned about launching Big Ideas:
1. Start Alone. When God gives you a Big Idea, He is talking to you. Don’t wait for others to completely understand or agree with your Big Idea before you take the first action towards making the idea come to life. Get started.
2. Fight Fear. You might not have everything you need when you start working on your Big Idea. You might feel fear and/or anxiety about moving forward. Remember that fear is just a feeling and feelings aren’t reality. Do what God has asked you to do. God will provide what you need as you move forward, often in unexpected ways.
3. Push Through. You Big Idea can never come to life by simply thinking about it or talking about it. You have to work at it. Push yourself to keep going.
Do you have a big idea that you need to launch?
“Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.” – Robert Collier
(I originally posted this blog in January 2013 and decided to repost/revise it a little with current events.)