We all need a little inspiration from time to time. As creatives, our minds can sometimes hit the point where we feel "burnt out". When I first started photography it was easy for me to stay positive and stay encouraged. I was just having fun. When I decided to become a full-time photographer and depend on this career choice to pay my bills and put clothes on my child's back and food on my table... well that all seemed to change. It wasn't just about having fun anymore, now it was about taxes, marketing, business, clients, price lists, license, insurance, contracts, websites, SEO, portfolio building, editing technique, education, networking, and more. The fun seemed to be sucked right out of it all by that one word "Business Owner". Now the pressure was on. The pressure was on to be "M Y B E S T".
The more I would strive for P E R F E C T I O N and the more I would C O M P E T E with other photographers (this was all in my mind by the way, there was no real competition other than the one I created) the more miserable I felt. I didn't really enjoy my job. I found myself disliking my work, doubting myself as a creative, wondering if I made the right choice, questioning my value. Am I good enough? Do I charge too much? Do I charge too little? Do others even like me? Do I inspire others? ... That was it... A question I needed to ask myself...
DO I INSPIRE OTHERS?
This particular gift usually comes pretty natural to me. I love to lift others up and make them feel good about themselves. I would rather point out 50 things about you that are R I G H T than point out that one thing you could improve on. So instead of sulking miserably over what I was doing wrong, I chose a different path. I chose to get a new perspective. I made a decision to I N S P I R E others to be their best and B E L I E V E in myself while doing it. On my journey, I have learned some valuable lessons that I believe can help change the development of others around us for the better. I strongly believe these 7 points of inspiration are not just for photographers but they are for the stay at home mom, the small business owner, the hard working husband, the writer, and more.