Where are the heroes?
They are the ones creating. Making connections between ideas. Theorizing and testing. Most importantly, they are taking action.
What’s heroic about coming up with an idea? Not much. You could have a billion dollar idea and squander it. You could have an idea that can change someone’s life, or better yet your own life – and do nothing with it. It basically doesn’t even exist.
I’ve had countless opportunities pass me by because I decided to sit on the sidelines and watch them get started and built by someone else. All I had to do was reach out my hand to grab them and they would be mine.
Instead I kept my hands in my pockets. This was easier than taking the risk. There was the possibility of failure, of embarrassment, of shame, or simply hard work. It’s much easier to do nothing. What’s not easy is regret, knowing that the potential for success, connection and growth were within my grasp.
It is the cowards route to build the dream in your head and never bring it to fruition. What good is talking about doing something, starting something or being something and letting those words dissipate into the cosmos?
The cosmos won’t speak back unless you whisper to them through action.
Having the idea is a small step. Even if it’s a big idea. However, the execution is where the power lies. The execution is where the chance for testing and feedback lies. The execution is where the chance for success and serendipity lies. The lack of execution is where ideas go to die. Out to the Elephant Graveyard, young Simba.
Words have power. There is no denying that. So much power lies in persuasion. Realize that this is often infinitesimal in comparison to the power that lies in action and in leading by example.
Show, don’t just tell.
Don’t preach, teach through your actions.
Lead by example.
We don’t need the last action hero. We need Fast Action Heroes. Those willing to take risks, execute on their words and exemplify their ideals.
You might be a hero to all. You might be a hero to a few. Or you just might be a hero to yourself.
Take action. Build your momentum. It gets easier. Not as easy as doing nothing, mind you, but taking the leap and the satisfaction that comes with it soon becomes second nature.
Step by step. Brick by brick. Bird by bird. Whatever it is you need to do after you have an idea, start with the smallest step. The bricks will start to pile up. You’ll surprise yourself in how once the momentum starts, it gets easier to keep going.
Manifest your reality with creation.
Its a daily process. A moment by moment process.
It all starts with you. Are you being a hero?