There are some ideas that fully capture your imagination and enrapture you. They pique your interest and stimulate your curiosity. In short, they excite you. Not everybody responds to the ideas that grab you the same way you do, so the ideas that captivate you are worth noting. They reveal important things about your essence, as a human being.
The ideas that excite you tell you about your true, authentic self. You can put your trust in them. They expose your most fervent interests and desires. These ideas are like a mirror, reflecting your private, inner life. When you feel lost, or don’t know what you want to do with your life, the ideas that excite you can act like a guiding beacon. Your reaction to them shows you what you passionately care about. Putting more of that into your life is invariably a good thing to do. Follow the ideas that affect you most positively.
The ideas that excite you are the ones worth pursuing. “Good” is a remarkably subjective concept, so these ideas at least meet your personal idea of what good means, even if you aren’t aware enough of how you, uniquely, define it, to articulate it. You can be sure that if the idea excites you, then at a very deep and unconscious level, you feel it’s a good idea, almost by definition. In a world full of choices and uncertainty, this is an anchor you can hold onto.
The ideas that excite you are the easiest to persist with and work on. They remain exciting and motivating even when the going gets tough. Sometimes, they’re so exciting, working on them doesn’t feel like work at all. Sticking with a direction and pursuing it, without deviation or discouragement, takes tremendous resilience, but you can ease the load by only pursuing a direction that makes your eyes twinkle. Life is hard enough, so dedicating yourself to ideas that enliven and enrich you lessens the burden. This is simple conservation of mental energy.
The ideas that excite you allow you to revisit your childhood passions, without embarrassment or self-consciousness. They allow you to recreate those carefree, lost moments from your youth, perhaps now only dimly recalled, so they have the power to rejuvenate you. There’s an nnocence and joy in that. Renewed enthusiasms feel like beginning again from where you left off, rather than starting from square one. It takes away some of the fear of failure. You know a little about this already and can proceed like you know what you’re doing, rather than feeling completely clueless.
The ideas that excite you tend to be infectious and, so, enable you to enlist help more easily. People trust in people enthused by their own exciting projects. It’s much easier to convince others to join you, when you obviously look like you’re having fun. These ideas that excite you might not excite anybody else, directly, but everybody is excited by an excited, exciting person. That’s just how excitement works. It’s multiplicative.
The ideas that excite you are generative. No idea that is exciting to you is a failure, if you remember to keep asking, “what else is this idea good for?” Add to the exciting idea by appending it with an improvisational, “Yes, and…” Every idea can spark another. You can even remix, repurpose, reimagine or strip it for parts and use the components of the idea in something else. Some other exciting idea may come of it. It’s bound to.
The ideas that excite you aren’t crazy, really; no matter what anybody else thinks.
Which ideas excite you most?