Today's transparent topic: Risk Taking
Are you a risk taker by nature? Do you know your comfort zone? What does it take to push you beyond your limits?
I've always been able to appreciate art but never known it from an artist's perspective. As I'm beginning to put the brush to the canvas and make my own strokes, I'm realizing there's a lot of vulnerability involved in putting your art in front of an audience.
Is this a risk I'm willing to take? Sure, I'll put it on my blog and say "Look what I did!" But, what about taking the next step and offering it to be purchased?
That's the risk I'm staring in the face right now.
What if I 'open' an etsy shop and don't sell a single piece?!
What if beauty is truly in the eye of the beholder and my vision isn't shared?
What if the criticism is harsh?
What if my creativity runs dry and I'm a one hit wonder? What if I don't even make it with one hit?
What if a "real artist" sees my paintings and scoffs?
I'm not going to lie...these are actual thoughts that float around in my brain, but I'll also tell you that these thoughts are the fuel to my fire. I can't stand excuses! And, that's exactly what all these yucky words are...excuses. If I choose to let the 'what if' rule my life then I'm sure to miss out on some crazy good opportunities. There's no doubt I'll experience some hardships too, but you know what?...I'll use them to grow!
Do you have a risk you're scared to take? Do you find yourself making excuses? What's it going to take to get you past that point? I have the answer...prayer. I'd be honored to lift your concerns up and pray for the courage and confidence you need to push through your fears and concerns. Leave me a comment or send me an email: firstname.lastname@example.org.