Summary of “How to Stop Putting Off Your Big Idea”

As Jessica Abel, a cartoonist and author, explains, it’s because it’s become part of your Idea Debt.
Idea Debt is when you spend too much time picturing what a project is going to be like, too much time thinking about how awesome it will be to have this thing done and in the world, too much time imagining how cool you will look, how in demand you’ll be, how much money you’ll make.
It’s the screenplay idea you’ve had for 10 years, the podcast you’re always brainstorming but never executing, the novel you keep promising to sit down and write, yet never find time for.
Abel says she first encountered the term Idea Debt while interviewing Kazu Kibuishi, a graphic novel author and illustrator.
Idea Debt takes this one step further: You’re not just putting off answering an email for a few weeks, you’re putting your dreams on hold indefinitely.
“Avoiding Idea Debt is about acting before you think too much and get overwhelmed by how hard, and how important your project feels,” writes Abel.
What happens when you carry Idea Debt for too long, and your life moves on, is that your idea hangs on like an albatross.
Ask yourself: Are the ideas taking up space in your head the ideas of today, or an earlier you? Do they still excite you? Will they help you become the person you want to be, or are they just sitting there because you’ve never cleaned them out? Allowing yourself to move on frees you from that Idea Debt so you can take on new initiatives and goals.

The orginal article.