Inspired Art and Living with Fiona Stolze

Take Action and Make it Happen

Everything begins life as a thought. All those amazing ideas we give birth to that float around in the ether are just waiting there, in seed form, not knowing whether or not we’re going to take them all the way. And indeed, many of them will remain there. In fact, the vast majority of them do.

A single snowdrop

How many times have you been completely relaxed in a total right-brain, creative space and suddenly you’ve had the most amazing idea? One that gets you so excited, you just can’t wait to share it with someone else or at least write it down on paper so that you don’t forget it. Everything else gets forgotten and this one idea just seems to consume you, pushing everything else to one side.

And then you get on with life, you sleep on it and in the morning, you get on with all the other pressing things that are in your life and need to be seen to first. What appeared to be so world-shattering the day before is now sitting there with a completely mundane air about it. So what happened?

Well first of all, let’s just get really clear on one thing. You are not alone. This happens to the majority of us.

A lack of follow-through on even the most world-shattering idea means that it’s not worth the paper it’s written on. Ideas alone are simply fairy-tale castles, without substance.

It’s when you take action and make it happen that the magic begins.

So what do I mean by taking action?

This is not about putting a huge plan into place and working through it in a fixed space of time. It’s much simpler and much more powerful than that. It’s about making a firm commitment to taking the very first step.Β  And this needn’t be huge. The importance in taking the first step, no matter how small, is that you are signalling to the universe that you truly want this to happen and that you are willing to do what it takes.

So how does this look in practical terms? Break it down into bite-sized chunks and do the smallest possible piece that you are willing

The Dream Grows

to and capable of doing right away. If you’ve had a fabulous idea for a book, then write this down on a piece of paper and commit to spending 5 mins minimum that very day on expanding the idea further.

Some of you may smile at this as it may seem over simple. However, if you can break things down into steps that are very doable for you, then there is absolutely no chance that you will sabotage yourself. If I don’t want to do the ironing, but say I am committed to doing a minimum of 5 mins, I laugh with delight when I manage half an hour and pat myself on the back.

Set your 5 mins, achieve this and much more if you want. If not, that’s okay too. Then reward yourself for doing it. For doing it straight away and getting the momentum going. Because that’s what’s going to breathe life into your dream. And that is true inspiration.

Don’t let another day slip away without doing anything, because that’s when the life force drains out of your dreams. And then, even the best idea in the world, slips away and is worth nothing.

What first, tiny step could you take today to get the momentum going on a great new idea you’ve had? Please share your ideas here. I’d love to hear what you are planning.

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February 21, 2011 - Posted by | INSPIRATIONS | , , , , , , , , ,

8 Comments »

  1. Life is a series of “baby steps” and you described that process perfectly in this post, Fiona. I especially love your sentence “Ideas alone are simply fairy-tale castles, without substance.”
    I can so relate this post and your process. I actually have the “10 minute” (not 5) start point. just start small and continue to grow πŸ™‚

    Heidi & Atticus
    http://www.atticusuncensored.com
    “commentary to give you paws…”

    Comment by heidi alberti & atticus | February 21, 2011 | Reply

    • Thanks Heidi, I appreciate your feedback. Lovely to hear that you have a 10 min system in place. It is such a motivator as you know without a doubt that you can do it and the important thing is that you’re doing something.

      Comment by Fiona Stolze | February 21, 2011 | Reply

  2. I was reminding myself of exactly all of this over the last few days …. & listening to some inspiring folks on the subject-

    reading your ‘perfectly timed’ post,has crossed the T’s & dotted the I’s πŸ™‚ well written Fiona πŸ™‚ xx

    Comment by tillycampbellallen | February 21, 2011 | Reply

    • Thanks so much Tilly. I really appreciate your comments. And glad it has been timely – that is always the case, isn’t it?

      Comment by Fiona Stolze | February 21, 2011 | Reply

  3. Hi Fiona,
    Good timing! So I am deciding to leave my security, money/job and possibly move to vancouver! why? because im so bored as is my partner with London. This is pretty crazy for the safe capricorn in me, however I don’t feel like it is the wrong thing to do. Perhaps it will simply be a year out, but in any case i will close one door to allow another to open, money is the big fear!
    Gxx love to hear your thoughts

    Comment by Grace Kelly | February 22, 2011 | Reply

    • That is so exciting Grace. Funny, we were all set to emigrate to Vancouver or perhaps Calgary and have been there a few times. We changed our minds.

      Will be in touch. Thanks for sharing this. Definitely go for it if it feels right!

      Comment by Fiona Stolze | February 22, 2011 | Reply

  4. You are so right….we can commit to 5 minutes a day….to expand and build on an idea. I am going to take your advice as I have so many things on my to-do list that I am feeling a bit overwhelmed. This will really help me focus on a few without feeling like I have to make a huge investment in time to feel I’ve accomplished something….thanks for breaking it down….motivation!

    Comment by Rita Brennan Freay | February 28, 2011 | Reply

    • Hi Rita, Glad this has helped motivate you to get to grips with some of those tasks. Frees you up to get started, doesn’t it? Good luck!

      Comment by Fiona Stolze | February 28, 2011 | Reply


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