Weekly Practice 27
Every week we profile one of the “Reflect to Create! “ practices from my book, they are chosen at random from a jar on my desk. My invitation is for you to try it out if it speaks to you in some way.
This week we are profiling Practice 153 An Exercise Taking Risks and Risk Taking (from page 234 of my book).
Practice 153 is one of the dance steps in The Denouement’s Crafting Focus.
Crafting Focus is the invitation to hone, refine, test and apply our discoveries from The Flow. Focus is not usually something we just arrive at but needs to be crafted, honed and refined as we test what is needed. Practice 153 reminds me that taking (wise!) risks is a huge part of enabling us to embrace our creativity.
Taking risks is an inevitable part of bringing the new into the world. This is because what we are trying – by definition – has not been tried in this way before. Fear of taking risks or making mistakes can hold us back. Acknowledging and welcoming risk as an inevitable part of our work can embolden us if we also learn to take care of ourselves whilst we risk ourselves.
For this practice:
- Consider your attitude towards and relationship to risk.
- Ask yourself ‘What am I assuming about risk?’ and ‘What scripts have I absorbed and do I now need to question?’
- Ask yourself ‘What are the costs and benefits to me of my current stance?’
- Now design and plan your own risk management strategy, which identifies your risks and charts how you can protect yourself and your project as you move forward.
As the Zulu proverb reminds us¹: ‘You cannot cross a river without getting wet.’ But you can prepare and take protective clothing and equipment!
Have a go!
Start with small steps.
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