With the first cut of the wood, the idea for building birdhouses was out of my head and into the universe. Never mind that the initial foray was a mess. Ideas, resources, tools, solutions, and allies came flooding in once I took action. I did it for fun and the pure joy of self-expression. My only plan was how to get more materials and get my “real work” done faster so I could get back to the workshop –a.k.a. my garage. I had no idea of where this was going or what I would do with them and I didn’t care. It felt like I was along for the ride.
” Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves, too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. The whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material his way.” – from W.H. Murray, The Scottish Himalayan Expedition
Much to my surprise within a few months and with little intentional marketing effort I was invited to participate in five different shows. A supply I carried in my trunk sold like hotcakes. I met new neighbors curious about what was going on in my garage.
Two lessons from this experience became clear for me.
“Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.'” –Goethe
Whatever it is that’s been rattling around in your brain – whether it be a kernel of an idea or a full blown plan – get started. Pick a place, any place and take action. Start small and follow wherever it leads. Let go of any preconceived ideas of why you think you’re doing it or where you think it’s going. In fact, if your idea doesn’t make a lick of sense, all the better. Enjoy the ride.