Discard The List

Things We See and Hear by Marvin Thompson, Jr.

Have you ever had a thought or an idea of something you wanted to do, only to come up with a list of reasons why it wouldn’t work?  Join the club.  As I churn out this blog, I’ve come across a relatively new concept for a concert.  It would be fun and innovative for my band and I, but without thinking, I’ve already come up with a few potential roadblocks; some are realistic, most I’ve simply created in my head.  You know you’ve done the same thing; don’t judge me!

I heard Joyce Meyer recently say, “Don’t think your dreams and visions to death.”   What a revelation. How often do we kill our ideas with our own negative thinking?  Of course, common sense means weighing the pros and cons of any new venture, but a lot of times we’re sending distress signals before the ship even sets sail.  This weekend I was channel surfing (okay, I watch a fair amount of television, but its for research – again, don’t judge me!) and I caught a program on the History Channel called The Men Who Built America.  It focused on such pioneers as J.P. Morgan, Andrew Carnegie, Henry Ford and John D. Rockefeller.    These men all had one thing in common: they had an idea and vision for something that didn’t exist.  J.P. Morgan wanted to run the largest electric company in the world, yet electricity was still a new concept.  Henry Ford desired to create an automotive assembly line during a period when no one knew what an assembly line was, and cars were something people could only dream about.  To conceive an idea from nothing requires a lot of guts, but the end result is surely rewarding.


Discard the list that says, “That won’t work” or “I don’t have the money to make it happen”.  With determination and work, your idea – no matter how far off or outlandish it may seem, can be just the thing you need to propel you to the next level of happiness, financial security and purpose.

We all know the results: J.P. Morgan became one of the richest men in American history, and Henry Ford is heralded as the greatest mass production innovator of the 20th century.   I’m going to work on my concert project, and I’ll only focus on why it will work.  What about you?

Images courtesy of: http://fineartamerica.com/images-simple-print/images-medium-5/the-men-who-built-america-peter-chilelli.jpg; http://www.thinkchristianly.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/doubts.jpg; http://www.tiffanystaples.com/2012/04/insecurity-and-self-doubt-just-say-no.html



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