How Committed Are You?
We all have that one friend in our life who is a dreamer. In my case it’s June, I call her my ‘if only’ friend.
“If only I had opened that vegetarian restaurant like I thought of years ago, I’d be making tons of money right now,” she said one year ago and just last week: “If only I’d listen to my instinct I would have started a natural hair store, see how well Tish is doing?”
She is referring to another friend who though not as creative as June recently secured a loan to open a beauty salon.
My friend June is a real ideas type but her thinking is not really logical. As I keep telling her (but lately have learned to shut up), having an idea of a restaurant has nothing to do with actually opening one. What you do is what matters, not what you think or say or dream of.
June’s idea of the veggie restaurant won’t go far nor will the idea of a natural hair store until she actually starts working with a plan. Of course the constraints are humongous but they can also serve as an impetus to make June work harder, make her see how far she can get with what she has.
My dad, who was a journalist, often told me: “Go write!” I was only 12 or 13 at the time and despite my groans and protests I would get back to him with reams of paper about silly things like how I spent my day or notes about how much I loved my grandmother.
I think in his directive he was really telling me that the most important thing in execution was the beginning, getting started. The second idea was to commit to the task, make the mistakes (which he would correct) and get better at writing. So if I got pad, pencil and started writing on just about anything I would develop a skill that I could later put to use.
To my ‘what if’ friend, ideas are cheap and plentiful. The real deal only happens when you begin to execute.