Common Mistakes: Not Believing You Can Do It


Let me start today’s post by asking you this: How many times have you had a great idea? And how many times have you taken your great idea and actually executed it?

I think what usually happens is that immediately after we get our great idea, we tell ourselves, “But I could never do that. I don’t even know how.”

I’m here to tell you right now: Yes, you can.

I want us to do an experiment this weekend. Take an idea, just one, and actually do it. Maybe you have a great idea for a blog. Start writing the blog. Maybe there’s a new technique you’ve been wanting to try in your trade (whether you’re a florist or a photographer), take that technique and experiment.

Who cares if you fail? You’ll know that technique doesn’t work, but maybe you’ll stumble on to something that does.

If you’re not sure how to start, do research. Get on Google and search for “how to write a blog,” for example. Talk to a friend who is doing something similar to your idea and ask him or her questions.

The point is just to start moving on the idea. I think you’ll be amazed at where you end up when you take the first step and begin.

I think the reason why we don’t execute our ideas is some combination of the following:

  • Fear
  • Laziness
  • Insecurity
  • Time

I know we can all be scared, at times, of wasting our energy or time (in a worst case scenario, our money or other people’s time and money). But we won’t know if we can really do something until we actually try.

So, tell me. What is the one idea you’ll work on this weekend? And, if you want, please update me on the outcome of your experiment next week.