Sometimes I feel like the creative universe throws ideas at us like darts on a dart board just to see what sticks. How many times have you thought of a great idea only to dismiss it and then seen it on an infommercial a few years later? I remember my Dad always talking about a corner in Kissimee, Florida within Old Town that he thought would be perfect for a Checker’s fast food joint. Sure enough, one popped up in that very spot.
When the universe sees a passion in you, I think it goes to its long list of creative ideas, finds one that fits, and flings it right at you. It’s up to you to catch it and do something with it. I was hit with one of these ideas this weekend and it slapped me so hard I had to text Dawn right away and say “What if we did THIS?!”
Where passion meets opportunity
Like we have talked about recently, Dawn has a passion centered around increasing literacy in her county and I have been volunteering to help raise funds for local animal rescue efforts. One of the most important things in both efforts is educating children and giving them the tools for success as an individual and as a productive member of our society. The idea that hit me was this:
What if we created a children’s book about animal rescue and got it into the hands of kids to educate them on animal care AND get them reading all at the same time!?
“Genius,” says the creative universe. “Why didn’t I think of that?!” Wink, wink!
Asking yourself the right “what ifs?”
There are always a lot of “what ifs?” that go along with great creative ideas and the challenge is to ask yourself the right ones. The wrong “what ifs” sounds something like:
- What if this is a dumb idea?
- What if someone has thought of this already?
- What if someone has done this better than I can do it?
- What if I can’t get anyone to help me?
- What if I can’t figure out how to make it work?
- What if this idea takes off and I don’t know how to handle it?
I’ve already run through all of these in my head! These questions can talk you right out of a good idea and scare you off before you even get started. Fear loves to put a heavy force field around you, deflecting the great ideas the creative universe throws at you before they get a chance to stick. Don’t let that happen! There are always tons of big and little details to work out when these ideas come to you, but breaking those details down into small, actionable steps is the way to ask the right “what ifs.”
- What if we ask our friends with young children and friends that are teachers how we can best reach this audience?
- What if we go to the bookstore and check out the children’s book section to see what is popular with kids right now?
- What if we partnered with local organizations with our same interests at heart?
- What if we looked into grants for literacy and animal welfare efforts?
- What if we raised enough money to get the book into the hands of all elementary kids in our county?
- What if we thought really big and took this program national?
- What if we changed the lives of thousands of kids and animals?
These are the questions fear does not want you to ask because they are positive, affirming, and motivating. They get us excited enough to push through the fear and try to make a difference.
Following our mission
I love this quote from Rory Vaden in Michael Hyatt‘s eBook entitled Maximize Your Message. Rory says that “Action cures fear. If we can help other people, then all the fear and the worry and the mistakes and all the things that we do wrong—they’ll just disappear, and we’ll keep moving forward.”
One of the main keys to our mission at The Pink Typewriter Project is to focus on service to others and Dawn and I are both excited (and a bit fearful) about the possibilities of this new idea the universe has thrown our way. We both have discovered that true happiness comes when we are helping others and we look forward to keeping you up to date on this latest adventure!
We would love to hear your thoughts on this project! If you are a teacher or parent and have ideas you’d like to share with us, we’d love to hear them in the comments below.