There are many ideas that end up in the trash or garbage, and most never see the light of day. Why? Because many of us are afraid for one reason or another, we place a lot of weight on what those around us may say. We are so protective of our precious wild ideas that we hold on to them as if they were our children and need to be saved from this cruel and harsh world.
The reality, however, is just the opposite. Think of the process a caterpillar goes through to become a butterfly. There was a story of a caterpillar fighting its way into the next stage of life. An individual saw the caterpillar struggling on the ground to disconnect itself from its covering. The person felt bad and helped to free the caterpillar not realizing that the struggle was an essential part of the growth process. And, as a result, the caterpillar was unable to become a butterfly that could fly.
This concept is no different from hindering the birthing process of our wildest ideas and wanting to protect them from anything harmful or difficult! So, we keep them to ourselves as we’re fearful that the next person will not care enough about our beautifully different idea and wave it off as an impossible feat. The thing we should hold onto is that we stand on the strong, determined, and relentless shoulders of women like Harriet Tubman, Eleanor Roosevelt, Amelia Earhart, Rosa Parks, Shirley Chilson, and Mother Teresa to name a few.
If these women were able to be uncompromising, benevolent, and forward-thinking, why should we be afraid to share our wildest ideas? As these wild ideas may be just what the doctored ordered. When making a difference and leaving this world better than we found it, it’s not about playing it safe. We all have a responsibility to do good and to make a positive impact on every group we come in contact with.
One of my very favorite quotes is by Marianne Williamson, spiritual lecturer and author. This famous quote has been used in movies, books, graduation speeches, and in blogs like this one. “Our Deepest Fear” begs the question … who are we not to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous?
So, in your own special way of doing things … share your Wildest Ideas, and force the world to experience the very best that you have to offer, while embracing the possibilities that your wild idea may be someone’s saving grace!
I challenge everyone that reads this blog post to share their wild ideas with the world. Do so by posting your wildest idea either on Twitter or Instagram and tag @empowermee in the post. Feel free to post as many wild ideas as you would like, then two weeks after this blog is posted the wildest idea will receive a FREE gift from MEE. So, please share with all of your friends, family and colleagues … the wilder the better!
Tamara L. McMillan is an adjunct professor at SUNY Buffalo State. Her company, McMillan Empowerment Enterprise, is certified with the state of New York as a Minority-Women Business Enterprise. Her platforms include Student Development, Personal Empowerment, and Women. To learn more about her work, visit www.empowermee.com. Tamara can be reached at @empowermee or firstname.lastname@example.org.