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 daily 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 specific 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 a certain degree. Because we are also what we think and what we do. Overall, we are what we continuously do, which includes eating and thinking. Where are your thoughts wandering off? How are you spending your free time? Recognizing patterns in your behavior will allow you to better understand where you need to work on to achieve what you want.
Using the ‘Food for thought’ phrase helps trace a mental map of what we need to spend more time thinking about. Besides, writing it down in 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 thought to make it real by writing it down is an exercise that sends a feel-good message to your brain; it makes it think it is crucial, and you will remember it with ease.
On the contrary, when we just leave a thought as a thought, unfortunately, our brain forgets. It will deem the idea as non-important. And just as it came, it went. The thought you wanted to reflect more about just disappears.
In Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert, she explains how she captures her ideas and follows 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 of daily and don’t take advantage of them, for whatever reason?
We need more than an intention to act on our ideas—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 something later, you don’t forget about it.
Ready, Set, Go
When we act on our thoughts, we move forward, develop new things, learn, and 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 an opportunity. It will find us, ready or not, in a good Liam Neeson “Taken” style -with a vengeance. An 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 the 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 wholly prepared, for an 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 a risk, exploring, and chasing my dreams. And one thing risk will do to you is it will freeze you to your core.
Since we are what we continuously do, we need to stop freezing. We need to take the opportunity with the same force it comes to us. Remember the patterns I talked about at the beginning? By knowing how we structure our time and efforts, we can make adjustments as opportunity kicks the door open. Being open to change and recognizing it as our friend, we are ready to take-on chance because we will adapt as the situations present.
Making modifications to our habits is a hard thing to do, I know. Sometimes it may seem like a failure, but failure is not definitive. It is just a stepping stone. Making changes is only moving forward, adjusting to change. We are making room for more.
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 ideas in one place.
Food for Thought
What started as 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, ignored the fears, focused on your goal, and then 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 into your thoughts. What is your idea-catching method?