The Art in Starting

If there’s one thing I’m certain about, it’s that most people have an idea – an idea of something, big or small, but an idea of something they want to do.

For example, an idea to write a cookery book, become an olympic athlete, build a business from the ground up. They’re all ideas – but how many people put their ideas into action? How many ideas are left to die?

An idea is the very first sign of a goal you may want to achieve; a little voice in your head, sending you a little nudge.

The Art in Starting

When the little voice inside your head gives you an idea – it’s incredibly precious. It isn’t just a thought, it’s very likely it is an idea and ideas are often elusive, few and far between and rare.

Treasure each idea, whose to say when you’ll have another one?

So if you get an idea, take action on it. Don’t leave it to go unnoticed, sitting on the back burner, waiting to be picked up.

It’s difficult to start something, it sometimes feels impossible, but in actual fact, it is not impossible. 

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When I get an idea…

Something I’ve learned and developed over time is, when I get an idea, I just run with it. I get excited about it, I talk about it, I put it into action as quickly as I possibly can. That might mean taking one step, or ten steps. But I do it, and I do it quickly.

I don’t allow myself too much time to doubt myself – if I had the idea, and it came from within me, it’s gotta be a good idea. So I run with it. I have yet to find a time when that instinct, that reaction, hasn’t been successful.

Sometimes it takes weeks, months, even years for an idea to become apparent enough for us to realise, “Hey nice idea” – so when it does, I scoop it up, and hold onto it tightly.

How “The Bell Sisters” first started…

Over 5 years ago, I was uploading photographs to Flickr and editing those photographs with Lightroom, by Adobe. Because I was taking so many photographs, I ended up saving my settings as “presets” and to save time, I used them repeatedly.

As time went on, friends and others following my Flickr account, started to ask me about my editing and what I was doing. I explained what I did, and they wanted to have what I had.

So I put up a blog post on my photography website, and offered this one particular preset that I loved the most, for sale. I had no idea what I was doing, the blog post contained just one photo, and some links to flickr, and a buy button.

Months later it was such a success, that my sisters and I realised we’d had an idea – and I hadn’t even noticed it was an idea… I thought I was just messing around.

So we created The Bell Sisters, which grew and branched out, idea, by idea. Leaving us here, where we are today.

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No Idea is Too Big, or Too Small

Don’t doubt the idea. Don’t question it. Don’t over think it. No idea is too big, or too small, if it’s an idea you’ve been given, sent from somewhere within you, or from the heavens above, grasp hold of it quickly. Hold onto it, figure it out, and put it into action.

Everything starts with a small idea. It’s where you take that idea, and how you action that idea, that defines your potential, and your success.

Go wild, listen to that little voice within and you will get more ideas than you can imagine. Putting the idea into action (i.e. “Starting”) may be hard, but it’ll be a lot tougher to look back on yourself in twenty years, and feel regret because you didn’t give your ideas a try.

Work on your instinct – don’t listen to the negative part of you, or anyone around you telling you it’s not possible. Just do it. Prove to yourself that you have the ability to do what you set your mind to, and see where that takes you in life.

I can say with absolute certainty, that by putting your ideas into action, you’ll end up in a far better place, than if you don’t. Trust yourself.

About the author

Olivia L'Estrange-Bell

23yr old English Entrepreneur. Self-Taught, with my first exam being my driving theory test. Successful photographer, horse trainer, author and entrepreneur from Dorset, England.

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  • I remember those days on your Flickr account! Crazy how much your editing has grown and expanded, your talent just keeps getting better!! I just figured out how to get my old photoshop/lightroom back, I’m excited to use some of your presets!

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