Are Your Ideas Fully Baked?

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Take the leap beyond conventional thought.

by Alan Cohen –

When to trust God over other people’s opinions.

In the classic movie The Graduate, Ben has just decided he is going to marry Elaine, the woman who has vowed to have nothing to do with him. When Ben tells his parents of his intentions, his father asks him, “Is this another one of your half-baked ideas?” Ben looks his father in the eye and tells him quite seriously, “Oh, no, it’s fully baked.”

Like Ben, you may have to be a visionary to make your dreams come true. You may need to see beyond appearances and act in harmony with your beliefs and intentions even if other people do not agree with you or understand you. You may have to trust God more than the opinions of people.

If so, you are in good company. Albert Einstein shocked his students when he announced, “I have not arrived at my understanding of the universe by means of my rational mind.” Rene Descartes, credited as the father of modern science, did not gain his insight through conventional thought. In the midst of a high fever, Descartes had a vision of the formula for the scientific method. Linus Pauling (the only man to win Nobel Prizes in two different categories—Chemistry and Peace) noted, “The best way to have a good idea is to have lots of ideas.”

Outlandish ideas move the world ahead far more rapidly and powerfully than logical steps. Your imagination is the playground in which your prayers mature through joyful exercise. Let your mind dance in a world beyond the obvious, and you will access a cache of treasures that will spark your spirit and lead to success.

Most great inventions and positive social changes are the result of unconventional thinking. While your ideas may seem half-baked to others, they may be fully baked in the mind of God. Do you trust your ideas, intuition, dreams, and visions enough to stay true to them even if you do not receive social approval?

I honor my inner voice.


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