Bright Ideas Book Sneak Peek: Chapter

A Jump-Start is just what it sounds like: a beginning, getting-going, a boom. This happens when the desire to be in the place you want to reach becomes so strong that you cannot allow yourself to remain in your current location any longer—you have to move. A Jump-Start is taking the first brave step, like Neil Armstrong stepping off the ladder and onto the surface of the moon for the first time. It may seem like a small step to an outside observer, but to you it is a “giant leap.” This might look like singing a song you’ve written in front of someone, or showing another artist your sketches, even if you feel that your project is not “finished” or “perfect.” It may be taking that opportunity that has been offered to you, even though it makes you break out into a cold sweat to say yes.

This first step is always the scariest. It requires letting go of our old adversaries, Fear, Perfectionism, Unforgiveness, Anger, Comparison, or any of the other blocks we’ve discussed so far. Trying to move forward while still holding onto these things is like trying to drive a car with cinder blocks in front of the wheels. If we do manage to get started, we are not going to get anywhere fast. A Jump-Start requires us to be brave, swallow our fear, and take a step.
— Bright Ideas: Light Up Your Creativity, Chapter 10