Taking a Risk-Part 1

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Acappella Affirmation:
Taking a chance
Finding my way
Learning to grow
One risk a day

I have been thinking a lot about the risks I take each day.  Whether big or tiny, they are empowering…and sometimes scary!

Here is a list of the top 10 Risk Stoppers (as I see them!):

10.  I can’t do that!
9.  Someone will have a problem with that.
8.  They won’t like me.
7.  People will yell at me.
6.  I do not have a “degree” in that.
5.  People will laugh at me.
4.  What if I am stealing someone else’s idea?
3.  Who said you could do that?
2.  I might get hurt.
1.  I am not worthy…

Any of these sound familiar?  I even had difficulty writing this, because I have seen lists similar to this over the years in my reading.  However, I am taking a risk by sharing these words and calling this article my own.  (AHHH!)

Now, I will walk you through what I say to myself as these risks come up.  In this article, I will go through the first 5.  Next week, I will go through the next 5.  This list is important to really take apart and create changes.

 Risk taking is scary…however, the empowerment we gain allows us to learn and grow. So here we go…

10.  I can’t do that!
-My question to that, then, is “Why not?”  Take a moment to list out all of the reasons “why not” and turn them around.  You CAN do that.

9.  Someone will have a problem with that.
-Who?  List out all of the people you believe will have problem with that.  Give a reason why they will have a problem with that.  What to you notice?  Who are they?

8.  They won’t like me.
-Who are they?  What is not to like?  And…what would happen if indeed they don’t like you?  There are always those in the world who will like us, and those who will not like us no matter what we do.  The question is, are you taking a risk for something that YOU believe in?  For your own truth?  Then, you will like yourself if you take that leap.  Let any others like you or not, that is for them to decide.  You, decide to like you.

7.  People will yell at me!
-Who will yell at you?  Really?  Take a moment to list out the negative “yelling” voices in your head.  To whom do they belong?  When was the last time someone yelled at you?  Reflect on that.  What was going on?

6.  I do not have a “degree” in that.
-List out all of the ways you are an “expert” in the work that you love.  Life experience IS your degree.  How many hours have you devoted to the learning?  Sharing what you know with others is the way to continue to grow your experience.  They are waiting to learn from you!  The passion and enthusiasm that you bring to the topic will bring in those who are looking for your expertise.  Just take the risk and share what you know!

Whew!  Can you take one risk a day this week?  Choose one from above and have a go!  Jump in and reflect on what holds you back.  Explore your own risk stoppers, turn one around and take the risk!

Next week, I will share the remaining 5.  By then, you will have taken at least one new risk!  So you are on your way to a risk a day!

Potential and Kinetic Energy

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There are those times where the need to be internal are necessary. Taking time to rest and rejuvenate is essential. Building up the energy needed for when creative fire strikes!

What creative ideas are burning inside of you? What is waiting in the quiet as a small spark ready to ignite?

I have been thinking about potential energy and kinetic energy. Remember in High School physics…learning about these different types of energy? Remember taking a rubber band and pulling it taut (potential energy) then letting it fly (kinetic energy)?

Well, the same thing applies to creativity. Here is how I see it:

  • Rubber band lying on the table-Ready for anything…or the potential energy of the matter that just “is”
  • Rubber band being slowly stretched-Gaining insights, bringing together supplies, gathering ideas, building energy
  • Rubber band is let go-that initial creative explosion into the unknown
  • Rubber band flying-creativity expending energy of any creative act
  • Rubber band lands and is at rest-time to rest and rejuvenate begin to rebuild energy for the next creative burst…and time to reflect

I find it fascinating that after so many years I can still connect to those lessons from my past. The laws of nature that show up as metaphors are still proving to be worth noting. The whole idea of energy is so fascinating. The images of ordinary objects in the world help me to see the unseen. Energy is there. I feel it, but I cannot necessarily “see” it…unless some object is in motion.

This also reminds me of the need to rest in between creative bursts; building up the energy for the next creative act.

What potential creative energy is ready to burst forth and fly in your life?

Taking a Risk

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Taking a chance
Finding my way
Learning to grow
One risk a day

In Susan Jeffers’ book, Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway, she asks us to take a risk every day.

When I think of risks…I think, well, might I mountain climb?  Sky dive?  Ski from a helicopter?

Then, I read what she has written…and I begin to look for the small risks I need to get me through each day.  These surprise me…as they do not really seem like risks…but they are…to me:

  • call the eye doctor to set my next appointment
  • call the salon to get a hair cut
  • walk the dog on her lead in a new neighborhood
  • record receipts
  • set a budget date and stick to it
  • allow my kids to make mistakes
  • pick up the ringing phone
  • write in my journal…when I feel like I have nothing to say
  • go to a new restaurant
  • write a song
  • get on the airplane
  • call to set dates for a presentation I will do
  • drawing my dreams (even when I feel like I really cannot draw!)
  • send a hand written letter
  • say I am sorry…when I am wrong or have hurt someone
  • take the blame for something I have done

There are more…but I am beginning to feel REALLY uncomfortable as I write this list.  I re-read this list and think, well this is silly!  These things are so simple, how can I call them “risks”?

Each of the tasks on the lists above triggers something in me.  They trigger fear, (What if I make an appointment on a day when the family has something else planned?), incompetence (I can’t do that!), time (I do not have time to do that!), the need for clarity (I do not have a clear explanation, or I have not planned it out, so I just won’t do it.)

Do you ever feel this way? 

So here is what I do.  I need to pick up the phone, have the calendar in place and make the appointment.  I pick up a marker and draw one simple line from my dream that will help me a recall it later.  I will look at my schedule and make time to clarify my goals, the tiny and the big.
Jumping in to a risk unprepared is also important.  Sometimes, you just do it and deal with what happens afterward.  It may even turn out to be great!

So one risk every day is what I will take.  Feel the fear, and do it any way.

What risk will you take today?

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Letting Go

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Acappella Affirmation:

Letting go of control
Setting free this one song
Brings me back to the place
Where I belong

 

Organization, clearing clutter and scheduling are things to be dealt with every day. No big deal, right? Then, there is the attempt to control these daily activities. Which leads to controlling the environment, controlling our loved ones, controlling nature, politics, and the world!

Does it ever feel this way to you?

A small daily issue becomes a larger issue and then, it becomes so big it feels like you are trying to control the universe.

What is happening here?

The need to control. To feel safe. To know that all is right in the world.

But, we are not IN control of so many things. When I start to feel this way, I notice that I become exhausted. Catching myself before this happens is key.

What helps support the daily routine, is putting a flexible structure into place and letting go of those things that are out of our control.

I enjoy singing, so I call this time creating time to sing.

Here are 3 steps to create “singing” moments in your daily routine:

Morning ritual-create time each morning to reflect and give thanks
Create a simple schedule that allows for “singing” breaks; time for naps, exercise, creating time in nature
Smile. Sing. Let go of the tension. Run. Fill a few moments each day with fun!

Now is the moment to find that “time” in the schedule, let go of tasks that are robbing you of that time, and get it back! You want to create, you want to “breathe” you need to see the moments in your day!

So, what will you be letting go of? What tasks do you feel control you? What wastes your precious time?

Let’s take a look…

Take a moment, just off the top of your head, to list out all of the tasks you do within your day. Go ahead…I will wait here.

You’re back? Okay….what did you notice as you wrote out your list? Did you add everything? Good. Now, go back through that list and circle the ones that you believe are not really necessary to getting through your day. Next to each task you circled, put an amount of time next to each one that you believe you spend on that task.

Here is my example from what I circled on my own list:

Check email-30 min
Laundry-15 min
Dishes 20 min
Grocery shopping-3 hours
Look over schedule/calendar-1 hour

So in one day, 5 hours is dedicated to these tasks I have circled. This is out of let’s say a 14 hour day (and this is just some of the tasks!).

Of these tasks, which can be “let go”? Hmmmm well, none of them, of course! I am all things to all people and must have each of these tasks remain in my day! I can do it all!

(Are you tired just thinking about this?)

Yes, I have thought this before, too. EVERYTHING I Do is important! Well, really, after looking at this list, I see where my time is going.

Here is what I propose for myself based on my example above. I will drop “check email” to 10 minutes. I will need to set a timer to actually keep to that time allotment. This would leave me 20 minutes.

That simple? Yes. Find 20 minutes in your day to let go. And once you have found that 20 minutes…set the timer and do nothing. Yes, you heard me correctly. Do nothing. 20 minute of nothing. See how long that really is.

For the rest of this week, once you have “let go” and found 20 minutes, do nothing for 20 minutes every day. Check in with me at susan (at) innercreativevoice (dot) com, if you wish, and let me know how it goes!