Are you afraid of your big ideas?

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[vimeo id="97653738"] Most of us want to have a significant impact in the world – it’s a part of how God divinely designed you. Because of this desire, many of us dream up some big ideas that we believe will have the impact that we want to have. This might be a career path, a business idea, a ministry plan or just about anything else, but the one common thread in your idea is the fact that it scares you.

It’s something much bigger than you think is possible. It’s way outside your comfort zone and something beyond your reach. Perhaps the most important element we fear is risk. We tend to shy away from risk because we like the comfortable environment that we’re used to.

So how do we become bold about our ideas?

First, identify the fear. We all know that famous quote by Franklin D. Roosevelt that says, “The only thing we need to fear is fear itself.” You see, fear is a paralyzing element in our world. It makes things appear worse than they really are. When you identify the fear, it begins to lose its power. Once you take a step back, identify what it is, then you will be able to see clearly and navigate through it. Fear will lose its power when it is brought to the light.

Second, know what healthy risk is.  Once you neutralize fear you can identify the risk with your big idea. No matter the idea, it will involve some element of risk in order to make it happen. In fact, if it doesn’t involve risk, your idea might not be big enough. Not all risk is healthy though, but you can learn to distinguish what healthy risk looks like. Healthy risk is always realistic, it doesn’t promise you the moon and stars. A good rule of thumb to keep in mind is that if it’s too good to be true, then it probably isn’t. If you find that the idea looks solid and you’ve done as much research as possible on your idea and found that it’s good – it’s probably a healthy risk to take.

Third, make a plan. Both steps one and two are precursors to making a plan. Once fear is eliminated, you can identify the risk because you’re no longer paralyzed. Once you identify your idea to be a healthy risk, you can create a plan to reach your big idea. This is the most intense phase because your plan will be the road map to the end goal. The key is to make your plan realistic, logical, measurable and achievable. For instance, don’t think you can save a million dollars in 3 months on a thirty thousand dollar annual salary – it just won’t happen. But make a plan that forces you to save a lot over time and in a few years you’ll be on your way to saving a million bucks.

I hope these thoughts have encouraged you to get over your fear and continue on the road to reach your big idea. I’d love to hear what your thoughts are – please feel free to respond below. Have a great day!