I had a conversation recently with a friend about how reluctant we both were to dive into our artwork and creative passions at first.  We both experienced an incredible amount of fear in order to just get started doing something that we already knew we'd love.  We discussed our experiences in mustering up the courage to just start working.

Then we started talking about how this same fear keeps others from even trying artistic pursuits.  Why is that?  Why does following a creative passion require courage?  What is so scary about paint and paper?

Well, I don't think it's about the paint and paper.  I think that for some people being creative is vulnerable and being vulnerable is scary.  Art can be so personal and emotional and when something of that nature is disregarded by others, that hurts!  It can also be vulnerable when we lack the technical skill to adequately express ourselves.  The catch to that, though, is that the technical skill can't be improved unless it's worked on.

So, how do we get the courage to do the work that's inside of us?

The first trick is to just begin.

Even if you don't think you know what you're doing, that's ok.  Once you start, you'll realize what you do know and what you need to learn.  With that knowledge, you can set about learning what it is you need to learn.  

Test and correct.

As you work, you'll learn what works and what doesn't.  You'll figure out what creates the results that you want and what doesn't.  

With each attempt or experiment, you're gaining courage and putting fear in its place.

It sounds simple, but we often overlook that the fact that simply doing whatever it is that you're afraid, adds to your courage.  Think about it this way, make courage a decision.  As you approach something that you want to do, but are scared to do, just decide, out loud, "I have courage and I'm going to do this".  The act of saying this will bolster you and you'll feel added power to do just what you've declared.

What is fear holding you back from?  How can you show courage in even the tiniest of ways?