missed opportunities

Feel The Fear.... And Do It Anyway

I know for a fact my fears have prevented me from doing things.  When I look back on it, I wish I had simply thrown caution to the wind and done them.  So often in my life I have been scared to do something or try something new for fear of failure or any number of other ridiculous reasons.  I know have missed out on opportunities, lost out on jobs all because I let my fears get the better of me. I know I can’t go back and reclaim the things I have lost out on but I can stop my fears from causing me to lose out again in the future.

I am finding as I grow older and when I look back in retrospect, this has happened on more occasions that I care to admit to.  This is probably because when we are younger we don’t really know fear.  We don’t consider that we may fail or think about the consequences of our actions.  In this regard I am envious of young people.  Perhaps as adults we just need to try to find and embrace that fearlessness again.

Sometimes, as scary as it might be, you just have to leap before you look and see what’s down at the bottom when you land. As we have heard so often, there is no reward without risk. I know fear is an incredibly powerful thing and at times it can be paralyzing but perhaps if you are able to figure out how to flip it on its ear and use it to your advantage, the benefits can be life altering. I mean really, what’s the worst thing that can happen to you? Failure? Well you just pick yourself up, dust yourself off and try again.

Now I know these words are easy to say from behind a computer screen but I am also going to put my best foot forward and take a running leap and see where I land, with my photography, my business and life in general.  So if you are so inclined to join me on this journey of conquering your fears, embrace it, feel it BUT don’t let it overpower you. It’s not easy nor is it going to be but who said anything would be easy? The real fear is NOT trying! Fear can be a paralyzer or a motivator, which one will it be for you?

 

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Change - Why Are We So Scared Of It?

Nobody ever said it would be easy, but they also say nothing worth having comes without a fight! Sometimes we need to make changes in order to attain the things we want.

Change is a very difficult thing for us to deal with. We as humans are inherently creatures of habit and most find that change can turn our worlds upside down. Most people don’t deal with change very well. I think part of the resistance to change and probably the biggest component is FEAR. The fear of the unknown scares us to death. The fear of shattering our comfortable little world and existence we have built for ourselves or cocooned ourselves in.

I myself am guilty of this reluctance to embrace change, as I am sure many of you may be as well. I am here to go on record and say, it’s time to break this spell I am under. No more letting fear paralyze me into staying in my comfort zone. It’s time to do this in all aspects of my life: work, art, relationships and everything in between. I am going to start embracing change and doing the things that will take me out of my comfort zone. Good things can come from this and I urge you to join me in this rebellion. No more being in a box! Step outside and see what kind of things can open up for you! Open your mind and embrace it!

Next time you are presented with an opportunity or something out of the ordinary, take it upon yourself to give it a shot. You will be happy you did and you never know what may come of stepping outside your comfort zone. Remember the old adage, nothing ventured…nothing gained.

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Second Chances - Missed Opportunities

I saw a quote a few months back and it really struck a chord with me due to my current state of mind and all that has been going on with me as of late. It went like this, “If you are lucky enough to get a second chance in life, don’t waste it”. This rang incredibly true for me because recently I have been a victim of my own laziness and excuses when it comes to working on my photography and getting my business to the next level.

This is not a very easy thing to admit to myself or to any of you, my readers, for that matter but I figured it’s time to man up and actually say it out loud or as I am doing, put it down on paper for others to see. Perhaps by my own admission this was the kick in the ass I needed to get things “moving and shaking” again for me.

You see I have some work on display at a venue and when I first put my work in there a few months back, both of the owners specifically stated if I am going to have my work on display at their place of business I must be present and make appearances in order to promote myself and my work. I have to let the patrons see me, “the artist” in the space. This way they can put a face to the images hanging on the walls.

My engagement at this venue was to be for a limited time only. I didn’t heed the warnings I was given by the owners during this time and much to my chagrin my phone never did end up ringing off the hook with customers wanting to purchase my pieces. When the month had ended those words of the owners rang in my ears and it prompted me to contact them again and ask for another opportunity to display my work in their place of business. As it would happen there was another artist booked in there for the following month but they gladly agreed to accommodate my request to show my work again for the month preceding the other artist’s stint.

After hanging my work for a “second” time, I decided to show my face around the place a few times, mingle and speak with the patrons and speak about my art. This second chance I was given happened to get me 2 clients who ended up purchasing some of my artwork.

I would just like to tell you “second chances” don’t come along often but when they do, you had better be ready to grab on and hold on to it for dear life because you never know when that will happen again.

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