I hope you all had a fabulous weekend. It’s a beautiful day in Paris after weeks of rain and more to come but light puts an amazing positive slant on everything.
Many of you have written me to about taking the first step towards a new life. I know it’s scary but sometimes fear can be good. I love the above quote by Mary Anne Radmacher and for me it sums up my career. No overnight success just a lot of ‘trying again tomorrow’.
I don’t think there is a creative person alive that doesn’t know fear. There are so many things that we can fear if we choose to, fear of our work being rejected, fear of failure, fear of working on our own, fear of having no money, the unknown and sometimes it might be even be fear of succeeding.
I have worked on my own for almost 26 years (13 as a photographer and 13 as a small business owner) and I know how it feels to be frightened.
Changing my life and becoming a photographer has been equal parts of fear, excitement, happiness and reward but there have been days when my stomach has woven itself in knots and I have wanted to curl up in a dark room (and I probably did).
Many people have told me over and over again how courageous I have been to make it happen. I tell them that for me courage ‘is that quiet voice at the end of the day that says I will try again tomorrow’.
From the outside my path may have looked easy but I can unsure this is not an overnight success story. I have tried every day since I started photography, taking small steps day after day, sticking to my plan and never giving in and it has been those small consistent steps that has ‘made it happen’.
There will be good days and there will be bad days and if you know that from the outset don’t let the bad days drag you down (too far).
You can achieve big things being consistent with small steps so whenever you are frightened don’t look at the big picture, look at what small steps you can take today that will get you to tomorrow.
If you take small steps everyday and stick to your plan it will take you to your future.
Wishing you a wonderful journey..
Courage does not always roar, sometimes courage is that quiet voice at the end of the day saying “I will try again tomorrow”. Mary Anne Radmacher
Please feel free to share with anyone who is living a self doubting moment..