When my father and the rest of our family first created “The Town Sound” exactly one year ago, none of us could have guessed just how popular it would quickly prove to be, nor could we have foreseen its rapid growth. We had an idea and we ran with it. And we soon discovered that our efforts were not in vain.
New ideas are intriguing and exciting. You imagine all the great things that could happen when you act on your idea and put it to the test. Wouldn't it be wonderful to see your book published or your invention manufactured or your song recorded? It would not only bring in extra income; it would also prove that your hard work wasn't for nothing. Beyond this, it would benefit others by serving as a contribution to society.
You think about all the rewards your idea could bring if only you'd just buckle down and do it. Why not put yourself out there and set the wheels in motion to make your vision reality? Yet, this is where your idea starts to lose some of its shine. You realize that it will take time and/or money to fulfill your dream. You might be too busy for a new project. Or you may lack the necessary funds to make it happen. Even if you have the time and money you need to jumpstart your idea, you face another obstacle: a flood of what-ifs. What if nobody likes your idea? What if nobody wants to buy it? What if it simply doesn't work? What if your new venture lands you in debt?
Not only are you faced by your own misgivings, but you are also faced by the doubts of others. Your friends or family might tell you that your idea won't work because it's too ambitious, or because others have tried and failed, or because there's too much risk involved. Pretty soon, you're dealing with plenty of uncertainty. Do you really have a good idea – or are you setting yourself up for failure? Your plan starts to feel shaky. Should you go ahead with it or not?
It's important to weigh the pros and cons of any decision before you make it. It's smart to consider the things that might go wrong in your pursuit of your dream. And it's crucial to listen to the opinions of people close to you. As much as they may seem to be naysayers, they are (usually) looking out for your best interests and for your safety. And they often have insight that you might have overlooked. Consider the various possible outcomes of your choice and weigh the feedback you've received from others. (The decision might not be yours alone to make; its outcome might directly affect someone you love – a spouse, for instance.)
After you weigh the pros and cons, it's time to make your decision. Will you go for your idea or not? The answer to this question might not be black-and-white. You might decide to shelve your idea and come back to it at a later date. You might realize that before you take real action toward your goal, there are a few unrelated tasks that come first. You might decide to make things happen, only to encounter an unexpected roadblock.
Life is full of uncertainty. You never know exactly what lies just around the corner. But this doesn't mean that your best strategy is to avoid making a decision. You might always have that idea in the back of your head, thinking, “Oh, I can try doing that...someday.” The problem with “someday” is that it's never today; instead, it's always somewhere off in the distance – somewhere you never quite reach. Where would we be if the world's greatest inventors had remained mired in uncertainty and had never sought to make their ideas reality?
So go ahead and think things through. Then decide if your idea is good enough to run with. Is it valuable enough to risk failure? If the answer is no, then you can shelve, change, or even drop your idea. But if you are willing to go ahead with it, realizing that nothing is certain in life, but ready to take the chance, go for it. You might not receive the expected outcome. Then again, you might succeed beyond anything you imagined.