What’s Hindering You From Taking Risks?

Being audacious is about taking risks, going against conventions and the status quo. Brian Hutchinson

Taking risks is not something everybody likes to do. It’s a characteristic of an entrepreneur. But what if you’re not  an entrepreneur? But risks are also a part of everyday life. Just living is risky on many levels.

Risky endeavors

Does it matter that you are creating something that no one cares about? Who knows about you? You feel you are all alone in your creativity. Who wants your work, or even cares that you write, paint, sing, or craft? You’re an artist and not an entrepreneur.

As humans we are approval junkies. We want others to pat us on the back. Good job. If no one does, then we crumble up in a ball on the floor! Give up. Is that a sign of a weak person? Or do we take the risk and create anyway even if no one sees our creativity?

Artists are a different breed. They don’t always like structure. Or the 9 to 5 grind.  Work in a factory? No way. Do you know someone who is like that? Sure we all do. Maybe you are one of those types? A little weird. Wired differently. Sensitive.

Audacious is an interesting word when it relates to art. A dictionary meaning: ‘extremely bold or daring; recklessly brave; fearless’.

So what’s audacious about you?

You sing and play your heart’s desire. You try your fingers in the recording industry, even if it’s just your own you tube. You keep at it. Your brother gets sick of you recording your music. Finally after the 1000th time, the video is presentable. You post it on  you tube. And you wait. Nothing. No one cares. No clicks to the like button. You make another video, and another, and another. Until you run out of steam.

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Photo credit stockimage via freedigitalphotos.net

You sit in your studio painting that perfect picture. You fill the canvas with vivid colors and stare at it until you feel it’s done. Finished. Time to showcase your work. You get set up at the local art show. You meander around in the crowd keeping focus towards your masterpiece. Not many people.

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Credit Winnond via freedigitalphotos.net

You sweat and stare at your computer screen. Words. More clever words. More comforting words. More creativity. You agonize and tap the keys. You edit. You erase. Start over. Finally after umpteen times of starting over satisfaction fills your soul. Now it’s time to hit the publish button. Will anyone read it?

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Credit Nutdanai Apikhomboonwaroot via freedigitalphotos.net

The funny thing about writing is that no one will read it unless you take a risk and market your work. Who even knows about you? Your work? Who cares? So you learn about marketing.

Finally….voila!

After you’re gone. Your work becomes a master piece!

I can do nothing about it if my paintings don’t sell. The day will come, though, when people will see that they’re worth more than the cost of the paint and my subsistence, very meagre in fact, that we put into them.― Vincent von Gogh

Taking risks takes courage.

Fearless means lacking fear. So write your story. Sing your song. Craft your design. Paint your picture. Dare to make it authentic from the heart. Reckless abandonment in your art. No restrictions. Opposite of normality. Original stands out in the crowd.

Your work is your art, and it matters whether no one see it or not. It’s your legacy. Be brave and take the risk to create. The risk is worth the effort. Time is now.

 

You forget that you’re  alone. You have an audience.

You remember. God was there. He gifted you. He took the risk.

His eyes smiled in pleasure. He was pleased with you.

Your life counted. It mattered.

Believe it. Create the art.

Someday rewards will be there. If not on earth, in glory. Eternally.

Be audacious.

It’s worth the risk!

 

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What characteristics are common to artsy souls? Are you a risk taker?

6 thoughts on “What’s Hindering You From Taking Risks?

  1. I wouldn’t consider myself a risk-taker, until you throw “audacious” into the mix. In some areas, yes, I’m audacious! And as I write that, I realized I’m proud of it. 🙂

    But what you put in the comment above, that comfort and laziness keep us unmotivated, is so true, and is responsible for more postponed dreams than anything.

    1. Thank you Jennifer for taking the time to comment. Awesome that you can be proud that you are an audacious risk taker. I’m working on it.

  2. this is great. I’m not much of a risk taker and need to step out more often. I also need to remind myself Who I am writing and working for. Thanks for the inspiration.

    1. You’re welcome Rhonda. I’m not a super risk taker either. My husband is the courageous risk taker so slowly it rubs off on me. Yes, we find places where we can step out of the box to do what we were created to do.

  3. So true. This issue is forever in our face. For some, getting out of bed in the morning is a risk. Is pressing-in something we can get used to? I’m not comfortable with it yet, nor will I likely ever be but some things do get easier. I would love to be audacious in taking risk. As you have said, the Lord is always by our side, and how about the fruit? The fruit of stepping out of our comfort zone is good. Let’s learn to be adrenaline junkies! lol.

    1. Thank you for your honesty in your comment. Beautiful fruit doesn’t just happen without nurturing and working at it. Comfort and plain laziness keeps us unmotivated. I think risk taking is uncomfortable for all of us.

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