Ideas are something that are always
buzzing around my head especially at the beginning
of the year (more so than at other times it seems).

Sometimes I have so many ideas buzzing
around that I get "analysis-paralysis" and
do nothing!

But someone directed me to this gorgeous

"Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life-

think of it, dream of it, live on that idea.

Let the brain, muscles, nerves.........every part
of your body be full of that idea,

and just leave every other idea alone.
This is the way to success.
That is the way great giants are produced."
(Swami Vivekananda)

Did this resonate with you?

What do you think about only having
ONE idea at a time? (that's the line that I
want to fight against ;-)

I would love to hear your thoughts on ideas, only having
one idea at a time to achieve greatness or having a 

What mechanisms do you use to keep your
dreams/ideas alive?

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  1. I'm afraid I would get so very bored if I only had one idea. :-) I love so many things that I need to be able to have a few ideas simmering at once. Just like I must read several books at once. It DOES help me to focus on DOING one idea at once, but let the other ideas flutter like birds, ready to alight when it's time to focus on them. :-)

    1. Funnily enough I'm like you Krista with the books. But I have noticed I don't "absorb" as much when I read a number of books at the same time. However, ideas are another thing ;-)

  2. One idea would never be enough to keep me happy, Vanessa! I'm just not disciplined enough to chase the one thought constantly.Then again, if that thought was cocktails I'd probably stand a better chance. Ha! Have a great week ahead! x

    1. LOl! I must admit when my ideas are really scattered it does take me longer to hone in and focus (unlike with cocktails ;-)

  3. Hi Vanessa, I loved the quote: "take up one idea..." I think this is something I can fully testify to, if you focus all your creativity, action, goals and thoughts toward a single idea, it is bound to become a success. I don't think its being single-minded or unambitious, it takes true discipline and determination to be able to make that one idea work

    1. I used to be terrible at only working on one idea. But now I can see how my action was more scattered and a sporadic. You're right lovely Sam xx

  4. I like the idea of having one idea (or goal) to work towards, but I agree with Rambling Tart - I would probably become bored! I would have to redirect my focus.

    1. I used to think that. But when all my energies are going into a really important goal, (and it only works if it's something you're really passionate about) my actions are less scattered and more focused.

  5. Oh Vanessa, this post comes right on time! Lately I've been feeling as if my mind was constantly buzzing with ideas and projects, and I'm not always able to calm down and relax. I really love the philosophy of having just one idea to focus on, and right now it's all about launching my own business. The trouble is, to do so, I need to sort out a gazillion of things, so I guess it will never be just about one single idea :) But I believe that everything you do and think of should point towards that one big goal. Does this make any sense? Anyways, thank you for the inspiration, sweetie, and thank you for your lovely email. I'll be answering you soon!

    xx Ivana

    Macarons and Pearls

    1. Starting a biz can seem really overwhelming because there is SO much to cover. If if you break each idea into sizeable chunks it becomes a lot easier (without giving up all your ideas ;-)
      TYSM for popping by. I know how busy you are xx

  6. There's been so many times when I've taken on too much in one, and you only ever get so-so results, always best to focus on the one as per the fab quote!

    Hope you have a beautiful week V!

  7. Yes, sometimes we just get overwhelmed. I always so I need to just take one step at a time and everything will work out the way it's supposed to. Have a great day!

  8. TY Sharon. Join the Overwhelmed Club Sweets xx

  9. Thanks for stopping by today and leaving a week has been quite about yours hun?

  10. Thank you so much for your kind words at my place!

  11. Oh my gosh, Vanessa, it's like you wrote this for me! You KNOW I have ideas, so many I don't know what to do first. They even follow me upstairs to bed every night and are sitting all over my bed in the morning whispering in my ear, "choose me, choose me!" lol In fact, the idea of just putting everything else aside and concentrating on just one is the only way I can create .. it's the only way I can keep all of the ideas from sitting all over my desk still whispering in my ear :) Thanks for stopping by and your sweet compliment Wednesday. It's been such a crazy week for me with a huge illustration commission rush deadline of an elaborate scene (second for a perfume company to be in stores all over the country for Mother's Day) so I'm just now getting back to my pals. Love and wonderful weekend wishes, V! xoxo S

    SANDY M Illustration

  12. Dear Vanessa, I think that sticking to one idea only and working hard on that might lead us to success, but if something goes wrong with that path we might find ourselves empty -handed and -minded. On the other hand, if we are working on a project I think it's wise not to let ourselves be carried away by what we think at the moment might be a better idea to work on. So basically I find ideal to do/think one thing at a time while keeping an open mind. This doesn't mean I manage to do that: my neurona sometimes get spinning so fast that I end up with an headache and nothing properly done! Love! Coco


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