Saturday, 18 August 2012
By Sam at Creative Theology
Any creative endeavor requires innovation, strategic planning and execution. These will never go away. However, I believe that many people (I am not using the words artists here, as I believe us all to be creating bodies of work with our lives – more on that in my book) neglect the crucial role of courage in the creative process. Whether it be getting a household up and ready in the mornings, tackling a to-do list, launching a business or writing a book, doing important work takes courage.
Again, this takes on many forms, but to live a life of meaning and to invest in something bigger than yourself requires a series of courageous acts.
I would venture to say we have all the technology we could ask for to get our work done, but courage is still missing. This is why the writer never publishes, the entrepreneur never opens shop, and the activist never rallies people for a common goal.
We live with fears of rejection and failure. We insulate ourselves from failing, and make safe decisions. But if we’re ever going to create a meaningful body of work with our lives, we must cling to courage. Courage is the trait that will see you through the hard times and allow you to make difficult decisions.
You and I may be über creative or naturally strategic, but unless we act with courage, we are bound to settle for safe and familiar.
Here’s to being courageous and following after our dreams.