The Power of the Whim & Taking Risks

anthony burrill

This contributor post was written by Tiffany Han.

As creatives, we are quite skilled at talking ourselves out of things.

Oh, that will never work. Oh, people will think that’s crazy. Oh, I have no idea how to do that. Sound familiar?

What if, instead of spending all of your time talking yourself out of these random wacky crazy-making ideas, you actually acted on them?

Our creative brilliance is found in our whims – those seemingly random ideas that we hear as whispers but hardly ever act on. In fact, we typically move in the opposite direction and dampen the spirit of those ideas until we get to the middle-of-the-road safe space where most of us live.

When was the last time you actually acted on one of your ideas? When was the last time you took a risk in your creative business without having a guaranteed outcome? When was the last time you reached beyond your comfort zone and delved into the unknown?

What if you were able to embrace your crazy and actually push an idea forward? It could be the game-changer for you.

Challenge for this week: Act on your whims. All of them.

If you get the idea to knit with copper tubing, do it. If you get the nudge to write a blog post about Justin Timberlake, do it. If you get the crazy idea to reach out to a famous blogger because something tells you that she would LOVE your idea and want to be a part of your new project, by all means, do it!!

In the comments: I’d love to hear what whims you have (or haven’t!) followed. Any whim-following success stories out there?

image credit: You Know More by Anthony Burrill

Tiffany Han, CPCC is a life & business coach for highly-creative people who arent living the highly-creative lives they want. Just yet. With provocative questions & hard-edged encouragement, Tiffany helps skittish someday-ers become fiercely focused creators “” and proves that dreams do come true. But only when you demand it.

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I can’t tell you what rabbit hole of the internet if fell down to find this but I could not be more grateful for finding it. I’ve been pushing off a lot of whims and risks because of fear of failure, or judgement, or (possibly worse) not judgement…which to me says no one was paying attention anyway.

Time to jump into the deep end of the pool… 🙂 Thanks for pushing me off the high dive
XO

Katie

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Fanchimp (@fanchimp)

I just signed up to sell my work on Instacanvas and entered one of my photographs in their contest to be a featured artist. Not exactly a crazy idea, but normally I would think about it for days and analyze the positives and negatives. Instead I just did it and shared it on social media.

Melissa Lund
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