Why small ideas turn out great and big ideas don’t.
There is nothing like a big idea or small idea; our thinking made it so. It is not the big seeds that produce the big fruits neither is it the small seeds that produce small fruits.
What exactly do we mean by an ‘idea’?
Personally, I would define idea as the simplest unit of creation or innovation. Just as the cell is the simplest unit of life, so is an idea. An idea creates something new and also creates something different from something already created. Ideas they say change the world and is the only thing that ever has. And they say owners of ideas rule the world. It doesn’t really mean people who conceive ideas are the ones ruling the world but people who conceive and put the ideas into action.
There has been a common problem in our era where people have been made to believe that if the idea is not big enough at first, then it is not good enough. This is part of the challenges we are facing as individuals and as a nation which is actually affecting growth and development.
It is quite unfortunate majority forget to understand that our ideas are meant to be conceived inside of us just as the baby is conceived inside the mothers womb. When you conceive an idea, you can never tell how big it can become until you expose it. When a baby is conceived in the mothers womb, she can never tell if the baby is one or twin or triplet. It is today the scientist have made it easier to see what exactly is inside the womb through an X-ray. Just as we have an X-ray exposing the stomach of a pregnant mother, we have certain people in life God has destined to expose our ideas to us. Sometimes they can come in form of a family or friend or as a mentor. These people help us to discover and realize the potentials in our ideas, and sometimes help to incubate our ideas when they are not matured enough to survive. We have these people out there and we just need to discover them.
Coming back to the reasons why small ideas turn out great and big ideas don’t, I will highlight few pointers here as follows:
1. We don’t understand the potentials of small ideas : Our lack of knowledge or insight to our small ideas make us undermine the power of their output. We neglect the importance of small ideas and march on to big ones with little or no considerations. We sometimes feel if the idea doesn’t make one rich in a short term it is not a great idea. We focus too much on what our ideas can offer us in short term than what we can achieve with them in a long term.
2. We give up too easily on small ideas : When the ideas begin to flow and we start to write them down, we tend to shift focus away from the ideas that appear small to the ones that appear big to us. Doing this make us expend too much efforts trying to execute big ideas which sometimes end up to naught. We do this at the expense of the small ideas. Our small ideas ought to get much more of our attentions because they carry something big we can’t see with our natural eyes. It is always easier to start something with a small idea than have a big idea with nothing to start with.
3. We fail to plan on small ideas: It is when adequate plans and action steps are made that we can achieve something great with small ideas. Many of us ignore this fact and try hard without planning and fail repeatedly. A small idea with a big plan and action step will go a long way than a big idea with a small plan and action steps. We should know that when we fail to plan we plan to fail.
4. We execute our ideas at the wrong time: We sometime forget to understand that different ideas have their own season of execution. Irrespective of how small or big the idea is we must understand the time. This is why if we execute some ideas at the wrong time, they yield nothing. We need to understand how to incubate our ideas until they are matured for execution. When we suppose to execute our small ideas, we forgo them for the big one while missing the opportunities the small ideas could have offered us.
5. We procrastinate on small ideas: We take so much advantage of small ideas that we leave them behind to work on the big ideas. The bad news is that we fail to realize that executing small dreams can be a footstep towards realizing the big ones. We fail to understand that small ideas can open doors of opportunities for the big ones. This is a very bad habit we must stop if we need to achieve something great with our ideas. It is easier for small ideas to open doors of opportunities for big ideas than it is for big ideas to open doors of opportunities for small ideas.
My primary advice for all is to stop placing limitations to what we can achieve with small ideas that we have conceived or will conceive. God has a way of producing something big from small things. Whenever the ideas come either big or small, we must endeavor to make big plans and action steps towards achieving them.
Written by Abiola Sojobi
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