Updated: Oct 15, 2021
Pull out that smartphone, turn on the flashlight and show everyone there that you're digging the music too!
Photo: Adam Gordon
Give yourself permission to explore, try and do the things that set off your spark (as long as it's not preventing someone else from doing the same) . When we live our lives with a sense of unapologetic passion for the things that make time fly by, it's likely these things will add more light to our world.
"A spark is a little thing, yet it may kindle the world." ~Martin Tupper
When I set out to start (a still very small) sustainable activewear brand; I did it knowing that I wanted to create remarkable and at times overly engineered products that could have a positive impact on our planet and the people who wear them. As someone who is regularly overthinking and over-planning just about everything it was hard to imagine how I could ever take this idea from a 20+ page business plan to actual execution.
I can tell you though, without a doubt that sparks started to shine the moment I began speaking to others about the idea of Good Somerville. This made it real. And as cheesy as it may sound those were the sparks that ignited the fire that drove me to stop obsessively planning and start doing. I started getting serious - committed to my investment amount, set up a website, applied for a business license, started having conversations with suppliers, etc.
In fact there has been a great deal of research done around the concept of sharing your goals with others. Much of it offers nuanced details and advice about how you share and whom with to help improve the chances of success. With all of us being so different I think it could be hard to develop an exact science around this, but what does seem to be clear is that sharing your goals and ideas often leads to intentional action. I share this to help encourage and inspire. What's that thing that you've been thinking, planning, wishing, dreaming about? Maybe it's time to start sharing with your friends and family, start making it real. Pull that iPhone out, switch on the flashlight and move to the music! FYI - This ^ is a metaphor for your life :wink: