The courage to create

Imagine a world where the Wright brothers were too afraid to try their design and where Thomas Edison gave up after the 5th attempt. Imagine a place where all the great inventions of time and discoveries of science were not uncovered. What a dull thought!

Creation, as defined by google, is the ACTION or process of bringing something into existence. One of my absolute favourite quotes regarding this concept is from Thomas S Monson, which states: “God left the world unfinished for man to work skill upon. He left the electricity in the cloud, the oil in the earth. He left the rivers unbridged and the cities unbuilt. He leaves the pictures unpainted, the songs unsung and the problems unsolved that man might know the joys and glories of creation.” I LOVE THAT!

There is a whole world to discover and so many ideas and thoughts that only YOU have and can add to the world.

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I know from personal experience though that there are a couple of factors that hinder us from bringing our ideas into the world. The main one, I believe, being fear. Fear will make you believe that you don’t have the resources, the time, the money or experience to try. You feel that unless all the conditions are perfect you cannot create. Fear exaggerates failure – makes it seem as though failure is the end of all endeavours and it would have been better if you never tried. For me the underlying feeling is that of vulnerability – being exposed to the possibility of being hurt, of people totally rejecting your design.

All these are valid fears and really a lot could go wrong but what if it succeeds??? What if it takes off in all its magic and glory?? What if that’s exactly what the people need?? What if it works out exactly the way you want it to?? Can you feel that excitement?? There are a number of ways to overcome these fears. I’ll just shed light on the 3 that work best for me.

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Be Positive

This one seems obvious but when fear attacks the last thing we do is look on the bright side. A crowning characteristic of Thomas Edison was that he was always looking for the upside to his failures. Learn to laugh at yourself and realise that your attitude more than anything will lead to your eventual success.

Have a role model/ mentor

The joys of being born in this era is that you have an opportunity to learn from the mistakes of others and don’t have to repeat them. It brings great confidence to have access to a person who has been where you are and is able to give you a sort of blueprint to navigate through the path of creativity.

Just do it  

Nike is right. Preparation is key but action is imperative. Go out there and do it. Give it your best shot and see how it goes. Whether it’s a business venture, lifestyle goals or a relationship. You truly can never know unless you try. The fear will peak at this point but what comes after is just bliss.

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There is so much more to life than going to school for 12 years, college for 4 and then working a 9 – 5 for the rest of your life. I promise there is more. You have so much more to offer than that. You have dreams to fulfil, goals to meet and a whole life to create.

If we all lived life to our full potential what kind of world would we live in? If we lived our dreams instead of our fears? I challenge you to dream, dream a lot, dream big and then go out there and create! You will fail a couple of times but when it works - when it all comes together – when your wildest dreams come true and your creations bless the world nothing will match that feeling. It’ll be worth all the failed attempts. I challenge you to have the courage to create!