by Adam Jacobs
Really? Are you sure? ALL ideas are good? Every single one?
The answer is yes. All ideas have worth, all ideas are important and all ideas should be validated. An important note: an idea is very different than an action. There can be bad actions, dangerous actions, destructive actions, but all ideas? Good.
Here’s why. It’s not about the idea, it’s about the way the person feels about their idea and the way we react to the idea. Expressions of ideas can be difficult, intimidating. Reactions to ideas can make or break a relationship. Sharing an idea is actually sharing part of ourselves, making ourselves vulnerable to the judgements of others.
When a person has an idea in their head, it only affects them. It’s in their head until it becomes action. How we react to the idea can affect our relationship with that person. If we say “All ideas are good”, we’re saying that our reaction needs to be affirming and positive first. Editing ideas and making them positive actions is the next step.