Holding onto a Good Idea
It seems counter intuitive but what if I let go of the 'good' ideas? Up until recently, whenever I had a 'good' idea I have had the tendency to try and hold onto it with all my might. I would often write it down in my Notes app so I wouldn't forget it. When I reflect on my feelings in those moments, it is generally feelings of lack, want and desperation that come to mind. Surely this isn't the energy that I want to be putting forward a potential solution with.
But, what if I let the idea go? What if I believed that the idea that comes into my head is like a boomerang, if it is something I need to work on then it will come back to its master.
The Neutrality of Ideas
Instead of looking at my ideas and thoughts as being 'good' or 'bad', what if I perceived them as being neutral. What would happen then? Would the thoughts lose their charge and therefore their hold over me? When I reflect on my concepts of 'good' and 'bad' thoughts I start to notice the feelings that accompany each category of thought. The 'good' thoughts I need to hold onto in sheer desperation and the 'bad' thoughts I want to ignore and cast away as much as possible. However, what is happening is the 'good' thoughts are moving further from my reach whereas by default I am left with the 'bad' thoughts that I so desperately want to disown.
Building a Framework
On reflection, all this concept of 'good' thought, 'bad thought' leaves me with is a mind full of irrelevant thinking and less energy to live in the real world, where ironically the problem I am trying to solve exists. What if I turn the problem on its head and focus my attention on building a framework instead. The thoughts and ideas are not within my control but the intention of building a framework is.
The framework is simply the areas I choose to focus on in life. I can find this framework by working out what is within my control and what I choose to prioritise. When I choose goals and areas of life to focus on then I obtain new filters to look at the world with. Filters that will be more in alignment with what it is I am trying to achieve.
When I have a framework I have a foundation where I can let the thoughts flow through and so my thinking around my thoughts can fall away more and more each day.
Did this blog post help you? Can you think of an area where building a framework would help you? Would you like to have a clearer head? If you have any insights, questions or recommendations feel free to leave a comment or drop me an e-mail.