For Photographers (a part of a FAQ segments)
My 2 cents on New Years Goals.
Goal setting is a powerful tool and as a photographer, I think that it is essential.
If you fail to plan, you plan to fail. I heard from Jasmine Star that 95% of all
photography companies will fail in the first 3 years. That is just crazy! You
want to have staying power and while there are many components to that
(that we will discuss in future FAQ posts) one of the ones that we have found most
successful is goal setting.
People often get their back up about "new years resolutions" as they feel that if they dont write any,
then they will not fail. However,
Ever notice how your life never really stays the same? You're either improving it or
damaging it, your actions aren't neutral. Tell me, would you plan a wedding without
all the fine details? What about take an exotic vacation without first making plans?
So why is it that we go through life sometimes and not have a clear plan or vision as
to what we want out of it? By setting the goal and making the plan, this plants a vision in your mind and also your
subconscious mind. During this process the subconscious mind is given a set of instructions
to follow and carry out.
I am a huge believer in New Years Goals. Every year I write goals in my life in categories.
"physical, spiritual, financial, just for fun/family, self sufficiency, Professional".
I would say that in total I set around 70 goals. On average, I complete around 40 of these.
Sure that is just over half (perhaps not THAT impressive), however, how many of them
would I have accomplished if I didnt set any? Not likely very many.
What has been very interesting to me, is that
at the end of the year I have gone back and read them, and there are always alot that
I totally forgot about, yet somehow accomplished.
I think one of the key things, is as you are writing the goals down, really picture
yourself achieveing that goal & imagine what it would feel like.
I know that a lot of people will say pft its a waste of time. But I really feel that
it is worth your time & energy. It gives you focus & it has been proven that your brain
works on the goals & finding ways for you to accomplish them; even when you have long
since "forgotten" about them. Interestingly, I wrote goals 5 years ago for where I wanted
to be in 5 years time. I accomplished every single one of those goals in 2 years and even
blew some of them totally out of the water. While I am a goal focused person, I cannot say
that I was obsessed or really focused on getting them scratched off my list...rather I
had put them out there, and they found a way to me. (if that makes any sense in sort of a hippie way).
I now have 10 years goals....(yes owning an airplane is on them)...and im excited to see
how quickly they will be accomplished. At the risk of sounding like a cheesey
motivational high school guest speaker (although I would secretly love to be one)-----
Deciding what you want is risky. Telling someone else can feel uncomfortable.
You might feel like you've got to preface it with something like, "Please don't
tell anyone, Can you keep a secret, I know it sounds crazy, but" But you know what?
People who set and achieve awesome goals are risk takers, they've learned to be.
They know that they've got the privilege and duty to design their own lives,
make their own decisions. They dare to dream, and dream big. So challange yourself,
set personal & business goals, FEEL them, and then get on with life being excited
about your future. You can be the photographer that you desire to be. You will be
amazed at all that you accomplish.
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