I've written a lot over the years about the importance of feeding your brain and heart with something more than the day in day out challenges of running your business. A long time ago Sheila got me into reading a little Melody Beattie each morning. Over the last few years I added a couple of great quote books along with just about anything 'Walk the Talk" has published. The point is to find something outside your core business for a warm up in the same way you'd stretch before working out.
In the last year or two, thanks to un-conferences like ShutterFest I've met so many new photographers and in turn made so many new friends. In many of the conversations, I've been surprised at the lack of confidence. I've met so many people passionate about the craft and working hard on their skill set. They're doing so many things right, yet they don't have respect or an understanding for their own empowerment.
This piece from Melody Beattie for today, February 17, really hit home.
"Most of us need people around us who empower and help us feel able, on track, in balance, hopeful. We need people who tell us we can. Even if they don't use words, they believe in us and that belief comes shining through. We look at them and what we see reflected back is our own power.
But sometimes we run into those who, instead, try to convince us of their power, convince us that they have our answers, that we need them to be able to see clearly, that without them, we won't be able to find the way. They don't believe in us; they only believe in themselves. That's not empowerment. That's an approach destined to create dependency, often unhealthy dependency.
Cultivate relationships with people who make you feel like you can, who help you know that you're on track,right where you need to be. Spend time with people who help you know that you can trust yourself.
Seek out people who empower you. Learn to empower those you love.
And during those times when no one's around, know that you can empower yourself."
Each of you has something very special to offer the community, your clients, friends and family, but it all starts with learning to trust yourself. You need to have confidence the path you're on is the right one, because nobody knows you better than the face in the mirror every morning.
And, here and there if you need a boost, a cheerleader to help, you know where to find me!
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