The Leap of Faith – Vulnerability in Creativity

By Colin Scotland

"Vulnerability is the birthplace of innovation, creativity, and change."

Brené Brown

Have you ever felt paralyzed by fear when trying to share your work or ideas with the world? The feeling of vulnerability can be overwhelming, leaving us stuck and unable to express our true selves. But what if that same vulnerability is actually the key to unlocking your creativity and making a genuine impact? In this post, we'll dive into the transformative power of vulnerability and how it can propel you forward in your business and life.

Key Takeaways

  • Vulnerability is not weakness; it's courage. Putting yourself out there requires a daring and bold spirit.
  • Fear is a natural part of the creative process. Don't let it stop you from taking action.
  • Embrace the 'leap of faith' repeatedly. With each step into the unknown, you build trust in yourself and your work.
  • Focus on your purpose, not the outcome. Let your reason "why" – your drive to serve – be your guiding light.
  • Authenticity resonates. People connect with the real you, so share your unique perspective.

The Indiana Jones Analogy

The moment Indiana Jones puts his foot down on seemingly empty space (The Last Crusade movie) and finds solid ground encapsulates the essence of the creative process. When we work on something that lights us up, that first burst of inspiration is exhilarating. But then doubt creeps in. We worry about judgment, whether our work is good enough, and how we might fail. This fear feels as real as the chasm before Indiana—it can stop us from trying.

Yet, just like Indiana, we must step into the unknown. With every "leap of faith," we build resilience and trust in ourselves. Each successful step reveals our fears were largely illusions, and we discover unseen pathways to our goals. Remember, most creative journeys require multiple leaps – but the more we take, the easier it becomes to put our faith in the process.

Krishna's Guidance: Following Your Dharma

In the Bhagavad Gita, Krishna encourages Arjuna to follow his dharma, which is his unique purpose. Doing so requires full commitment but also non-attachment to a specific outcome. This might seem contradictory, but it's the key to creative freedom. When we fixate on our work needing to be a massive success, it creates pressure that stifles our authenticity. Anxiety and judgment cloud our minds, making it hard to do our best work.

But if we trust that we're fulfilling our purpose and focus on serving others with our message, then we release that crushing need for external validation. Paradoxically, that's when we start attracting the right people and opportunities. We can show up more genuinely in our work, and that genuine energy resonates.

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