I have lots of ideas, piles of them.
In the past two years, I’ve squirreled away 374 blog post ideas, while writing maybe 10% of them. They range from “The Most Important Things I Taught Our Toddlers” to “Being Optimistic is the Worst” to “It Never Hurts to Ask.”
I’ve recorded 41 big ideas, for books and products and projects. These include as diverse brilliance as a book called Human: Reclaiming Our Call to Be Creatures to an app to help busy dads use their limited time with their kids really well to a single egg carrier (for all those upstart hipster poultry farmers).
Once a couple years ago, I had a standard 30-minute meeting with two coworkers about some communications plans. At the end, we stood up, and one of them looked at me a bit bewildered.
I can’t believe how many ideas you have.
To which I replied in a whisper,
And that’s only the ones I say out loud!
A couple weeks ago, I was talking to my friend Jon. He’s a pastor and has a beard, so he’s super wise. I lamented my lack of time in pulling off one of my ideas. He replied by tweaking the cliche-but-still-kind-of-helpful “serenity prayer” into the quote you see here, riffing off my blog title.
God, grant me the serenity to accept the ideas I cannot execute,the courage the execute the ones I can, and the wisdom to know the difference. (Click here to tweet this.)
For “idea people,” this is a core competency to learn–which ideas to execute (i.e. kill) and which ideas to execute (i.e start, perform, do). And my boss has helped me see that a key area for growth for me is making this call. It’s really hard, as my “idea engine” is always revving.
And that’s what this blog is about, I suppose–“choosing and living the best ideas.”
How do you decide?