I was having a talk with my friend who’s an author yesterday and he was particularly upset with where his content was going at the time. He wasn’t proud with some of of his old works and was planning to get rid of his first book and starting afresh with his new content.
I have been in that boat before. I have had several blogs in the past and each one I deleted which is something I can’t take back and have regretted in the past but I know that I did it for a reason and I don’t mind that. Not all of the blogs I wrote were about God and I felt it in my heart to get rid of them. At first I didn’t want to get rid of them because I wanted to show people that you can go from something that isn’t Christ like and be changed but then it came to a point where I just found myself wanting a complete fresh start – and there’s nothing wrong with that.
Because of this it is quite difficult to say to people I have been blogging for 7-8 years and then have nothing to show them but the names of empty websites I used to own.
This came to my mind when I was speaking to my friend and I said to him ‘imagine if you’re talking to someone and you say you’re an author but then you have nothing to show them because you keep getting rid of your content. You’re an artist and as an artist you’re always going to have bad ideas but how will you ever get to your good ideas if you won’t allow yourself to get all your bad ideas out? You have to keep going. When people see your old books they can think, ‘wow, he was here before and now look and see where he is and how much he’s improved!”
From my own experience and being able to see someone else struggling with the same thing it became apparent to me that the biggest myth about bad ideas is that they should be either avoided or forgotten and that couldn’t be farther from the truth! We need to embrace all of our bad ideas because the more we sift through and get rid of the dry dirt, the sooner we will find the gold.
That’s why brainstorming sessions and mind dumping sessions were created so that we can make space in our brains for all the important things, for all of the good ideas that we are proud of.
The Bible Says
In Ecclesiastes 9:10 “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might; for there is no work or device or knowledge or wisdom in the grave.” (NKJV)
What I take from this is that we only have the life we are living now. It’s not a dress-rehearsal; it’s the real thing, so why don’t we do the very best that we can with each and every new second we are given? Time is constantly renewing and moving forward and we should too. We should learn from our past mistakes and strive to be better.
Don’t be discouraged with your ideas, the good ones are coming sooner than you think!