My family and friends are naysayers. They think that it is always better to be safe than sorry. But I feel I need the challenge of getting outside my comfort zone. How can I increase my creativity and find out what is my true calling in this life?
Perhaps as you grew up you were taught that life is a serious business and you forgot how to play. All great creative geniuses see their work as a game and themselves as players - children in a magical fairytale world that is not quite how it appears. There is a magic in life and people who are in touch with their ability to play know this. When you were a child did you ever stop out of fear because you could not find the right clothes with which to dress your doll or because you couldn't find the right color for your painting. Of course you didn't. You improvised.
If you want to be more creative learn to see the existing problems in your life as a game. Do not be afraid if you do not immediately know the answers. Have the confidence to improvise. Please do not hold to the idea that you are uncreative. Firstly because it is untrue, and secondly because as we think so we become - we become the vision we hold of ourselves. Instead see yourself as highly creative - a person with limitless potential!
To find your calling you need to travel from the head, the part of you that loves to think and analyze, down to the heart, the center from where you reach out in love. By getting in touch with your heart you will begin to sense your true direction in life. Then to harness your potential you need to take small risks in the direction you wish to travel.
I strongly recommend my book Unfold Your Wings and Watch Life Take Off as an aid to getting started. The first part of the book is about how you can find your true calling in life, the second part is about realizing your potential by following your calling, the third part illustrates the healing in your character you will accomplish by realizing your potential and the fourth part demonstrates the rewards you will bring into your life by living this way.