The Courageous Creator

The Courageous Creator

You’re a writer, a painter, a dancer, a chef.

You’re an accountant, an engineer, a teacher, an architect.

You’re a mother, a father, a son, a daughter, a brother, a sister….

You’re an artist. You’re a creator. Your loved one just passed away. You just lost your job. You just lost your faith.

You just lost your way. You don’t know where to go next. You have no idea where you just came from.

You’re afraid to fail, afraid succeed, afraid to go backward, afraid to move forward.

But you are courageous. You follow through. You get back up. You try again.

Why? Because it’s who you are.

The alarm clock goes off in the morning and you sigh, you massage your temples, you sit up, and you wonder whether your dream is worth it this time around.

Why try anymore? You think. It’s been so long, it’s been so hard, it’s been so lonely. It all could blow up in smoke. It could all turn out brilliant. (And, surprisingly, you don’t know which outcome makes you the most afraid.)

But, still… You go back to your desk: you revisit your novel, you go back to your canvas, you listen to the music one more time (and tap your feet), you stock up on new spices…..

Because you’re a writer, a painter, a dancer, a chef.

You’re an accountant, an engineer, a teacher, an architect.

You’re a mother, a father, a son, a daughter, a brother, a sister….

You’re an artist—you’re a creator.

You just found the love of your life. You just got a promotion. You’ve just been blown away by a miracle that has confirmed your deep knowing in something bigger than you.

You have just found your way. You know exactly where to go next—and it terrifies you. You’ve uncovered where you came from, but instead of this discovery putting you at ease, its totally freaking you out.

You’re afraid to fail, afraid succeed, afraid to go backward, afraid to move forward.

But you are courageous. You follow through. You get back up again. You tackle life again.

Why? Because it’s who you are.

The alarm clock goes off in the morning and you smile, you wipe your face, you sit up, and you wonder how close you are to making your dream come true.

What happens now? You think. You’re so close, everything is starting to get easier for you, but it feels a bit overwhelming. It could all blow up in smoke. It could all turn out brilliant. (And, surprisingly, you don’t know which outcome makes you the most afraid.)

You revisit your novel, you go back to the canvas, you listen to the music one more time (and tap your feet), you stock up on new spices…..

Because you’re a writer, a painter, a dancer, a chef.

You’re an accountant, an engineer, a teacher, an architect.

You’re a mother, a father, a son, a daughter, a brother, a sister….

You create. You create because it’s who you are. And then the next day…. the slate gets wiped clean and you start again.

The Courageous Creator

You’re a courageous creator—and where do all the courageous creators gather? Why here, of course. In this little spot, where you are comforted, inspired, motivated, healed, and where you are sent off to change the world for the better—equipped with what you were born to bring into this world.

You are a light. A light of hope and peace. You will save us all. With your determination. With your strength. With your tenacity. With your hard work. With your creativity. With your courage.

You—yes, you—inspire me to keep going. So, let me pay you back by asking you pick it up.

“Pick up what, Ollin?”

Pick up your dream.

Because I know you dropped it. (You always do.)

In the rush of work and family and friends and relationships and to-do’s you dropped your dream and you’ve forgotten it. So let me remind you today to dust it off. Polish it. Look at it. And remember it. It is still waiting for you, where it always was, right there: close to your heart.

Blow on it, like it’s a wish, then dare life to make that dream come true.

If I’ve learned anything these past four years, its that life likes you to challenge it. Dare it to accomplish impossible tasks for you, then proceed with courage, faith, hard work, imagination, and audacity and life will deliver you “the impossible” gift-wrapped in a box at your doorstop with a note that reads: “I was waiting to see if you had the balls/ovaries to ask for this.”

So go for it: dare life to make your dream come true. Give it a little test. Then wish for all the best.

You see, this life is a little novel written by you and life.

Your are its co-author and main protagonist. In this little novel, you have your supporting characters, your antagonists, your flourishes of drama, your bursts of comedy, and all of it is part of a fiction that you and The Great Author are writing together.

How will it all end? Well, you’ll just have to wait and see. (But watch out for the plot twist on page 223!)

Your life has a theme and a moral. Find it. Your life has symbols that have a deeper meaning. Get familiar with them. Your life has a tense. Which one is it? Past, present, or future? Your life unfolds in chapters, just like mine, with each chapter denoting a different level of your personal growth. With each chapter comes a whole new lesson, and a whole new experience that life has prepared for you. Are you ready to start closing this chapter, in order to make room for the next one?

Courageous Creators Unite

When I started this blog almost four years ago, I didn’t know that I’d be starting a quiet movement. It seems like people from all over the world were waiting, desperately, for someone to encourage them to follow their dream and never give up.

So, without really intending to, I became that encouraging voice for thousands of people from all over the world, and that happened because I started to follow my own little dream and by choosing to never give up on it. I led by example, which is, by far, the most powerful form of leadership that exists. Theories don’t inspire people, lives do. So, rather than spout abstract philosophy without any practical application—confounding everyone and moving no one—I learned to live a life that could inspire.

I’ve come to learn that we’re all constantly looking around for that “external voice” to confirm what our “internal voice” keeps telling us. For sometime now I’ve been that “external voice” for you. Now I ask you to pay it forward:

Start being that “external voice” for others. Inspire others to follow their dreams and never give up on them. Inspire others to grow, and try, and struggle, and overcome. Help them spark their creativity. I can’t be the only one on this planet with the mission to inspire others to dream. We’re gonna need an entire army of courageous creators in order to make this thing work.

So follow me. Change the world by being the man or woman you always wanted to be, and then turn around and encourage everyone else to do the same. Tell them—like I told you today—to pick it up. If they ask: “What?” Tell them: “Your dream.” If they ask why, then tell them: “Because your dream is who you are, and I know you’ve been waiting for someone to tell you that.”

much #courageouscreator,

Ollin

Today’s Courage Exercise

In order to encourage more folks to dream, on all of your social media accounts this week, use the hashtag #courageouscreator and encourage all your followers to pick up their dreams today and to keep on trying to make those dreams come true and to never give up.

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