Risk Takers Action Sheet


Congratulations, if you’re here you’ve just taken your first risk, the first step to doing all of the great things you were meant to do.

Below are 4 exercises to get you started stretching out, and working to create less fear of failure, while building the muscles you need in order to take on what you’ve always wanted to start or move forward.

This is part I of the action sheet, to get you started. If you’re interested in having a free copy of the second part as well, just send me a quick note as I’m working on it now. lynn@ovisionconsulting.com ,


Good luck in your ongoing adventures, and don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions you might have.

1. DIVERSITY MATTERS: One of the simplest ways to start building new ideas and taking more risks in thoughts is by infusing new ideas and sources of input into your daily routine, in order to give you the resources and experiences needed to pull from when you need it most.  It takes very little time and often no money but has a huge impact on us believing in what’s possible and how far we can go.

  • Start going to online sites which you wouldn’t normally visit. So, if you normally like to hang out on food sites  like Epicurious, now take some time to go to Architectural Digest or Fast Company. This might feel like a small risk but it’s a big way to open up new ideas that will help you stretch out in the long run.

2. COMMUNITY FACING COUNTS: Do you remember volunteering when you were in cubs or presenting to your class?  Those actions where you were able to share your ideas and your work with a larger group are what helped you to hone your skills, even if it did make you feel a little sweaty.  Anytime we know we will be seen by a larger group of people we not only feel there is risk involved, we also put extra thought and energy into our actions.  When we complete community facing exercises we feel better about sharing with a larger group and this makes us more likely to share other strengths we have.  It’s a win / win no matter how you slice it.

  • Look for a way to give back to a community you care about.  Is it your local community, the community of hunters you belong to or the online community of teachers you work with?  Take that opportunity to go one step further and share your thoughts and work online, in a blog post or in another way which will impact more people and inspire them to do something good for a group that matters to them.  It might feel risky to open up, but the offshoots you’ll create and never see are enormous.


3.  THINKING LIKE A TRAVELLER:  This is a way of thinking/acting developed by IDEO designer Tom Kelley.  The idea is to pay attention to the everyday small details like you do when you’re on vacation in foreign lands. We normally take these finds for granted at home, but away we savour every detail. The idea is to use the strengths we already have but put the finds together in new ways.  On the surface this may seem low risk but it’s what you do with the outcome,which makes things exciting.

  • Start practicing this with your kitchen gadget drawer.  Open the drawer and pull out two unlikely gadgets, we’ve all got lots of them.  Now create a game with them, rules and how to win.  Now invite a family member, friend or share this new remix online with your friends. What kind of feedback did you get?  What new solutions could you create next with everyday items you work with or see on your path to home on a regular day?  It puts a new lens on old items and thinking and allows you to practice risky thinking in a small way.


4. MAKE AND SHIP STUFF OFTEN:  Many of the great thought leaders from Seth Godin to Austin Kleon and more, spend a great deal of time making things and then putting them out there in the world for everyone to see.  For most of us this is a beyond frightening thought.  If you are a perfectionist or you haven’t made anything by yourself for a while the thought can be paralyzing. The truth is we don’t have to make big things or even great things to start with, but we do need to start things and then we need to send it out into the world in order to gain the feedback we need in order to know how to make it better. It’s creating small opportunities for failure in order to build up to doing the bigger things we really want to do.

  • What’s the area you most want to be creating things in but believe you’re not an expert in?  Now go and make something in that area; a blog post, a table, a painting, a connection.  Send out one small flair or make one small thing, now show it to at least one person and get their feedback good bad or ugly.  Once you’ve done this do it again next week or next month, keep yourself on a regular schedule and you’ll find that before you know it you’ll be making waves in the area you really want to be part of and those fears of failure will be long gone, since you will have already started.

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