I woke up early this morning, but it was just too early to get out of bed. So, I stayed there and thought about everything that's coming up over the next few months and actually started to stress a little. It was probably those pre-dawn reflections that prompted me to find a quote from Nelson Mandela that I tweeted a few minutes ago.
"It always seems impossible until it's done."
So many of you are so afraid of stepping into the business and being committed to the task. You're spending too much time being overwhelmed and just can't seem to stay focused. You start projects, but don't finish them before moving to something else. You procrastinate about the next steps you need to take and you miss opportunities.
It takes a lot to be a business owner and at the same time an artist. Years ago Jerry Ghionis was teaching a program in Ohio and talked about how backwards the life of a photographer is. I'm paraphrasing, but you'll get the point.
You launch your career as an artist and have to focus on your skill set and developing your technique. At the same you're expected to be a business owner and understand all the components of running a successful business. The truth is, everybody should go out and be a second shooter for two years and develop their skills as an artist first, then jump into the responsibilities of running a business.
Here's my point...for most of you, you're still in the slow season and have lots of opportunities to fine tune your skills and at the same time, various aspects of your business. Personally, I love applying the low-hanging fruit philosophy to your personal growth as well as your business. Stop over-thinking everything you have yet to do. Focus on concepts you can implement quickly and take those that are longer term and set a time line for completion.
Great examples of low-hanging fruit:
The list goes on and on. The point is, start tackling some of those challenges you've been putting off. Nothing is easier than starting with projects that can be quickly done, but have strong impact.
Most important of all stop worrying about how much you have to learn and give yourself a pat on the back for how much you've already learned and accomplished!
Are you paralyzed with fear? That's a good sign. Fear is good. Like self-doubt, fear is an indicator.
Fear tells us what we have to do. Remember one rule of thumb;
The more scared we are of a work or calling the more sure we can be that we have to do it.
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