Being a writer involves risk. Not the kind of physical risk that adrenaline-junkies seek, but emotional risk. Every time you publish a book or blog or social media post, you're opening yourself up for criticism. The temptation, sometimes, is to follow a prescribed and socially acceptable path. If you simply parrot what everyone else is saying, perhaps criticism will be minimal. But if your writing isn't authentic, or if you're holding back, perhaps it's too high a price to pay to avoid a little criticism.
As a writer, one of the things I've realized is that I can play it safe, exploring territories just outside my comfort zone, or I can go BIG. In truth, my writing represents a mix of both approaches, but sometimes "going BIG" gets neglected. It's so much easier to tinker around with content I've already developed than to create something entirely new.
The approach I take on a particular project will vary depending on what I want to accomplish. Am I focused on revenue? Helping others? Fulfilling a personal mission? Am I trying to fit in or do I want to stand out?
I love to follow up a big project launch with something a little less risky. This is a sort of reward for me, and it helps me regain my balance and restore my emotional resources after reaching deep.
There's a time and a place for big risks, and a time and a place for little ones. The key is to avoid getting stuck in a place where we are afraid to try new things, where we are afraid to be courageous and bold.
What big risks have you been avoiding because of fear? What's one thing you can do today to face those fears and start moving forward?