ENLARGE, EMPOWER, EMBRACE: EXPAND WHAT YOU'VE BEEN GIVEN, PART 3
While it may not be the norm to take a little break in the middle of a mini series, here we are for the last part of the mini series of Enlarge, Empower, Embrace: Expand What You've Been Given. If you're just now joining in, click here to read from the beginning of the series. The last couple of weeks have definitely been busy with a couple of family sessions, editing, projects, and of course work. But nevertheless I am back here of part 3.
If you have been following along with the series, you know what this series was about. If not, let me catch you up to speed. This mini series was sparked by a talk that I heard from Jossy Chacko at the Global Leadership Summit that I attended via simulcast at the end of the summer. His talk was so inspiring as he spoke about leadership using the story of The Parable of the Servants. While Jossy's talk was focused on leadership, it still can be applied to creative entrepreneurs in their respective areas of business. Up to this point in the mini series I've talked about enlarging the vision you've been given and empowering others. Today's focus is on the third E —embrace. What exactly should we be embracing? RISK.
In The Parable of the Servants, the first two servants were given bags of silvers, five and three respectively. They used what they were given wisely and invested it and received more. The third servant, however, allowed fear to overtake him. He was worried that he was going to lose the master's money so instead of investing it like the others, he dug a whole in the ground and hid it. He didn't take embrace risk.
During his talk, Jossystated 3 paradigms that we need to change if we are going to embrace risk:
See risk as your friend to love, not your enemy to be feared.
Risk can seem like such a scary words but its very similar to the word faith. Risk and faith kind of go hand in hand. As a creative entrepreneur it is nearly impossible to have a successful small business without risk being involve. We take risks often. We risk investing in certain areas of our business not knowing if we will get anything in return. As photographers we risk losing clients if we raise prices or don't offer certain products. Maybe you are a graphic designer— you may have to take the risk in only doing design work for a specific type of clients. Whatever it is that God has given you in your creative ability, risk is involved. Shift your thinking about risk. Don't let the fear of losing what you have get in the way of stepping out in faith and embracing the risk.
See comfort and safety as your enemy
Jossy posed a question in his talk that I am sure will make you pause and take a look at your life and what you're doing just like it did for me.
" Who's missing out because you refuse to take the next steps of faith?"
It is easy for creative entrepreneurs to stay in the safety of our comfort zones and not embrace risk at all. If were are in those comfort zone someone might be missing out because we are refusing to embrace risk and take steps of faith to move forward and have an even greater reach. As much as we need to have faith in ourselves, we also need to have faith in knowing that God can do anything, you known— far more than [we] could ever imagine or guess or request in [our] wildest dreams ( Ephesians 3:20) We can't let our early practicalities keep us from living out our heavily possibilities. -Jossy
Oftentimes, I think we can be afraid to embrace risk that we just procrastinate and put things off to do them some other time. God doesn't want us to take the gifts and talents He has given us and just hide them. He doesn't need us to take our talents and gifts to heaven either. I couldn't agree more with Jossy when he said:
"The God who put the dreams in you wants you to use your talents and gifts for his glory
h e r e."
If we are going to embrace risk we need to truly take steps of faith and rest in the fact that God gave us the desires of our hearts to reach out to others by using the very gifts and talents He blessed us with, for His glory and not ours.
WHO MAY BE MISSING OUT BECAUSE YOU REFUSE TO TAKE THE NEXT STEP OF FAITH?
If you're reading this and you are a creative entrepreneur, small business owner, or are just up for the task, I have a little assignment for you. Grab your favorite notebook and pen, or open up a blank document on your computer.
Step 1: Write at the top: BIG, HAIRY, AUDACIOUS GOALS.
Step 2: Take a look at the gifts and talents God has given you. Then write down all the dreams you want to see achieved when you invest your gifts and talents. Whatever you write down should be big, hair, and audacious. Perhaps even impossible! But know, that the God who put the dreams in you wants you to use your talents and gifts for His glory here. Step out of the safety of your comfort zone and DREAM BIG.
Step 3: Write out a plan of action for how you will work towards accomplishing your goals. What risks are you willing to take? Remember, risk should be your friend not enemy.
Step 4: Pick someone or more people to share your goals with and who will keep you accountable.
Step 5: Pray for the goals your write down. Pray that God will give you grace and favor in accomplishing your dreams. He wants to give you the desires of your heart and desires to work with you.
I hope you've been encouraged by this mini series. Let me know in a comment what at least ONE of your big, hairy, audacious goals that you are willing to share is. One of mine is to eventually sell products online.
Have a beautiful day, friends!