Create a list of your goals – then go for it
Goals, bucket list, wish list, aspirations, ‘things to do’… whatever you call your, list just do it. If you want to enjoy your time you have to grab life by the scruff of the neck and shake it about. Don’t wait for your death-bed to suddenly realise you never did what you wanted to do.
This simple tip is about you. It is about saying to you, “If you are really committed to your photography, then go for it!”. I have said this to a lot of my students and friends over the years and they all sit there open-mouthed and blinking. I can see the cogs grinding. “Wot’s ‘e on about then?”, they want to say. Well, here is my message…
Write down a list. This list must be everything you want to do in photography. Make it exciting. Make it out of reach. Make it a challenge. Most of all, make it a personal commitment.
Next, just do it. “What?”, I hear you cry… “How?”. That is up to you.
If you really did make a commitment then the how is easy. Start by finding out what the options are. Pick one thing on your list and before the day is out make sure you have done one thing towards achieving that goal. Then, tomorrow, achieve another – and the day after another. I can guarantee you will get results. A bit at a time, one step in front of another… you will get there. But not without commitment, and not without setting the goal first.
So, to get you started here are three goals I am working on for my photography…
- An audio-visual sequence set to music of candles. Nothing else, just candles.
- I want to photograph an erupting volcano – close up and personal. I want to see that lava flow!
- I want this website to be the best website for aspiring photographers in the world!
I have some other goals for my photography too. Twelve goals in fact! I won’t share them here. I don’t want to spoil the surprise. Anyway, this post is about you.
Don’t go all soft on me – or yourself. Let’s be positive. Just start, write your goals down. Shout them loud and long to everyone you know. Keep telling them that is what you are going to do. Keep telling yourself that is what you are going to do. And, do you know what? Soon you will be doing it.
I know this works. Because I have already ticked off a lot of my goals over the years. And there are many more to go.
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