My love for the phrase ‘Food for Thought’ is enormous. (Yes, I used the word enormous because the word huge is overrated.) Is one of those phrases that are blasted out on a daily basis not only to my teenage son, who is going through the know-it-all phase, but also to myself. When I need to ponder deeply into certain thoughts the phrase comes out loud to my mind.
Probably you’ve heard the phrase “You are what you eat,’ with which I agree to certain degree. Because we are also what we think and what we do. In overall, we are what we constantly do, that includes eat and think. Where are your thoughts wandering off? What are you nibbling at all of the time? How are you spending your free time? Recognizing patterns in your behavior will allow you to better understand where are the areas you need to work on to achieve what you want.
Using the ‘Food for though’ phrase helps trace a mental map of what we need to spend more time thinking about. In addition, writing it down on a notebook or journal will help you clarify future references.
More than an Intention
Making mental maps or lists or annotations, help us organize our thinking. However, writing it down immediately or at the end of the day -if your mind is that super powerful, works too. The action of following-up on the though to make it real by writing it down, is an exercise that not only send a feel good message to your brain, it makes it think it is important and you will remember it with ease.
On the contrary, when we just leave a thought as thought, unfortunately, our brain forgets. It will deem the thought as non-important. And just as it came it went, the thought or idea you wanted to reflect more about just disappears.
In Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert, she explains how she captures her ideas and follow through them. Although it is specific to her, we can take some aspects and adapt them to our necessities. I love what she says about the ideas coming to you and leaving you if you are not ready for them. Again, I love it. How many good ideas we think on a daily basis and don’t take advantage of them, for whatever reason?
We need more than an intention to act on them. Food for thought, friends.
Have notebooks and pens around the house in key places, like the kitchen, living round, bedroom, or linen closet, so whenever an idea pops-up or you need to research on something later you don’t forget about it.
Ready, Set, Go
When we act on our thoughts, we move forward, we develop new things, we learn and we make mistakes. Remember when as little kids playing hide and seek, the seeker will scream “Ready or not, here I come”? The seeker in this case is opportunity. It will find us, ready or not, in a good Liam Neeson Taken style -with a vengeance. Opportunity is not our grandma coming to visit and bringing cookies, it comes blasting through the door.
Do we need to be ready for it? Yes and no.
If you can be ready, by all means do. Prepare and keep doing your best to grab opportunity by the horns when it comes through your door. But, if you are not ready, that’s okay too.
I do not believe we need to be ready, or at least completely ready, for opportunity. What we need to be is willing. Willing to take the chance, willing to risk everything for the opportunity before us. Some may disagree as some people want to be prepared for everything. I was one of them, but at the same time I like taking risk, I like exploring, I like chasing my dreams. And one thing risk will do to you is it will freeze you to your core.
Since we are what we constantly do, we need to stop freezing. We need to take opportunity with the same force it comes to us. Remember the patterns I talked about at the beginning? Well, by knowing how we structure our time and efforts we are able to make adjustments as opportunity kicks the door open. Being open to change and recognize it as our friend, we are ready to take-on opportunity because we will be able to adapt as the situations presents.
Making modifications to our habits is a hard thing to do, I know. Sometimes it may seem as a failure, but failure is not a definitive condition. It is just a stepping stone. Making changes is just moving forward, adjusting to change. We are making room for more – something
Keep a journal for ideas. Give each idea an entry and document the process you go through with it. Again, this will help you see patterns. Tip on a tip: Since I know how busy life gets, use your Voice Memo app to capture your thoughts. Later, when you have time to sit down and write, you’ll have all your thoughts in one place.
Food for Thought
What started as a thought became a conductor of actions, birthing a project – a baby of your efforts. Efforts that required nourishment, from the moment an idea grabbed your attention and ignited your curiosity, to the delivery and execution. You fed your brain, you ignored the fears, focusing on your goal and then, you made it a reality! Concluding what you started, your idea became tangible.
Don’t be afraid of daring challenges, take on to them, deep inside you know you are ready. Set aside your limiting beliefs. Believe in yourself! Let the ideas in, take the ones you will enjoy doing and work for them.
I hope this article gave you food for thought and trigger a will-do attitude. Leave me a message, let me know if you have a phrase that invites you to dig deeper in your thoughts. What is your idea-catching method?