4 Easy Steps To Creative Risk Taking

Denver, Colorado

Taking a risk can be one of the most challenging and most rewarding options to do in your life and in your creative practice. It means doing something you have never done before or doing something that is outside of the mainstream, out of the box, something that you would not “normally” do or that you are uncomfortable with.

You may not take risks for various reasons, “I will look stupid. I have never done this before and I don’t know how to do it. I want it to be perfect. I can’t do it because…I am too old, too tired, I don’t have enough money, it’s not the right time etc.”

These are all “reasons” or more accurately self-judgments that limit you from taking a risk because you are afraid to do it badly, fail, do it imperfectly or that you will screw it up.

However, what is the cost of not taking a risk? That you may have the breakthrough of a lifetime on that novel you are writing or picture you are painting? That whatever you are creating is not working at all so you discover what steps you need to take to improve it.

Or maybe through the risk taking you expand your limits, boundaries and ideas of yourself and what you are capable of creating. Without taking a risk, the real danger is becoming complacent, mediocre, and stagnant. Who wants that as a creative legacy?

How do you face this intentional interaction with uncertainty and muster enough courage to take the creative risk in the first place?

1.  Work with the feeling of uncertainty.

Uncertainty will overwhelm and kill any thoughts of risk taking by bringing up judgments (as mentioned above) and fear. Working with these thoughts and feelings through meditation, yoga, mindfulness practices, and walking in nature are all helpful ways to ground yourself and get in your body and out of your head. (Or do whatever practice makes sense and helps you to ground yourself and get out of your head.)

2.  Take action, any type of action that will make you begin creating.

Usually small steps are easier but there are those of you who would rather take the big leap and that works great too. Remember: any action big or small is better than no action at all!

3.  Assess and don’t judge.

Objectively look at what you have created and figure out what the next step is. You may need to start over, throw it out, add, subtract or keep going. Whatever that next step is don’t get caught up in the assessment by allowing negative thinking and judging to take over.

4.  Repeat. Go back to step 1.

Especially if you are going down the rabbit hole with your thoughts and getting stuck, blocked or frozen from negative thinking and judgment.

You have nothing to lose except the possibility of what could have been created if you took the risk in the first place! That could be a tremendous loss not only for yourself but also for the people who would benefit from experiencing what you have created.

I challenge you to take a risk in your creative endeavors and I would love to hear what action you took to make it happen!

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