Champions in every field are generally curious creatures. Curiosity unlocks a drive and enthusiasm to learn and grow. It is a precursor to discovery and innovation. A curious mind is a mind that doesn’t accept the status quo, instead it longs for change.
If you are a curious person, it is natural that you are a person full of ideas. You might come up with tons of ideas before going to bed. Being curious and having a lot of ideas is a blessing, but mere ideas without action don’t come to life.
One must have the guts to translate ideas into reality to surreptitiously leap-frog the proverbial ladder of life.
Ideas that compel you to work towards their realization can change your life, and the life of others.
There are two major steps towards living a truly fulfilling life. One is to live curiously, and the other is to be in action to manifest your curiosity into reality.
You’ve heard the saying as a child: “Curiosity killed the cat”. We’ve heard of legends where curiosity led Epimetheus to open Pandora’s Box, and it resulted in chaos. We are not talking about curiosity for the simple sake of it, we are talking about productive curiosity. The kind of curiosity that gives life to positive ideas to improve lives.
It is extremely important to have a curious mind to achieve things of importance in life, otherwise life’s greatest questions would remain unanswered.
Most problems facing humanity get resolved because human nature is thankfully curious. Curiosity is the only thing responsible for the evolution of human beings.
Curiosity is important but translating it into reality is the crux of success. Only the dreams remembered in history are those that ended up being translated into reality.
Translating Your Ideas
We have all gone through situations when we had an idea that seemed inspiring but never took any action towards it. We can also admit that there are people who are living their dream lives because they gave life to their ideas. There are factors that halt the translation of ideas into reality, and there are ways to get past those limitations.
If you want to make any idea a reality in your life, the foremost step is to fully acknowledge the importance of it. You need to calculate how that dream can add value to your life, and equally what you can miss out on if you fail to make it a reality. It has to have tangible meaning to you.
The next step is to acknowledge the potential benefit your idea can have for other people. Is it something that will dramatically improve lives? What problems does it solve in today’s society?
Finally, you want to be honest with yourself about who you are as a person. Is the manifestation of the idea important enough to you? Based on your personal values, would you consider it almost immoral to not pursue your idea? Is it important enough to be an example of excellence for your future family members to want to emulate? Does doing it establish your legacy, and conversely not pursing it rob you of your legacy?
It is crucial to align your desires and ideas. You can only put all your efforts into an idea if you clearly know the value of that idea for your life, and the life of others.
After you’ve established the importance of going into action, you’ll need a way to hold yourself accountable. The best way to elevate your performance is by making yourself accountable to someone.
You can ask a friend, a family member, or a personal coach to monitor your performance and alert you if you are diverting or staying on track. That person should be someone you value and respect, because you are empowering them to hold you accountable.
Be careful of the tests that follow when you commit to being in action. Avoid naysayers. They are those discouraging you by saying that the dream is unachievable, or that you are not capable of achieving it. These naysayers could be in your surroundings, or even family members, and at times it’s your own internal negative self-talk.
Your own beliefs, experiences, lack of self-confidence, or failures in life would also halt your commitment to move forward. Hence, it is consequential to your success to override these beliefs that don’t’ serve you.
To change your belief, mantras are best. A well-structured mantra rooted in neuroscience can change your belief in just 90 days. You can create a mantra that reflects your gratitude about having such an impeccable idea and your confidence in yourself to make this idea a reality. Set reminders of this mantra on your phone and post notes of it on your laptop screen or work desk to motivate you.
On my recent Rant & Grow podcast I had a coaching session with Laura Bernhard. Laura is a marketer by day and podcaster by night. She hosts The No Formula Podcast. Laura lives curiously and as a result has many ideas.
She often finds it difficult to focus and commit to manifesting them. In this episode of the Rant & Grow podcast check out how I help Laura have a surprising breakthrough toward the realization of her ideas into reality in only 30 minutes.
If you are one of those people who struggles to bring your ideas to life, you won’t want to miss this episode of Rant & Grow and learn what Laura discovered about making her dreams come true.
Listen to the podcast right here.
Originally published at tulliosiragusa.com.
Tullio Siragusa is an expert level Certified Life Coach, a pioneer of disruptive technologies, an emotional intelligence (EQ) thought leader, futurist, speaker, and author. For the past 30 years, Tullio has built world class leadership teams in technology companies and startups. Tullio currently serves as Chief Strategy Officer at Nearsoft, he co-produces and hosts DojoLIVE! a platform that gives voice to emerging technology luminaries. He also hosts Rant & Grow, an entertaining and heart-centered reality podcast where each episode explores people’s personal blockages and how to powerfully move forward with careers, relationships, and self-realization by developing healthy habits. As a founding member of Radical, a social justice movement, Tullio is a strong supporter of human-dignity in all aspects of life, including freedom in the workplace.
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