We’re coming into the final stretch of 2011, and no matter where you sit today, one thing is for sure. 2011 has been filled with change.
This is the year we hit 7 billion people on earth. And while the number of people on earth is growing phenomenally every day, there is one thing that most are not doing: fulfilling their potential. People have the potential of changing the world, releasing their own uniqueness, and catapulting themselves into any direction they choose. Yet most aren’t. Why?
This past weekend was a “movie weekend” where many top notch films were released. Did you see any of them?
One of our favorites was the movie Hugo. If you haven’t seen it (or read the book), its about a boy who loses his family and ends up living in a train station. He ends up meeting a toy shop owner, his daughter, and their lives are entwined through a series of events set around the production of movies.
While I won’t give away the plot of the movie, one scene tied everything together, and stuck with me all weekend.
In it Hugo has a revelation. He sees the world as a machine. Every person on earth, everything we see and have around us, is here as a part of the machine. If one piece is missing, or broken, the machine can’t function the way its supposed to. So it’s up to every person to fulfill his or her passion, to fulfill their destiny in order to keep the machine working at 100 percent.
For just a moment, it makes you look at the world a little differently.
Not everyone here on earth is meant to be a Tony Robbins, the president of a large corporation, or even the President of a major country. Most people are here in supporting roles, and are meant to do one thing that will inspire the people around them, even if its only a handful of people.
So what if your destiny is photography? What are you doing to make it come true?
Accept who you are
Start out by looking deep inside and finding out who you really are. Then share that person with the world. Realize that not everyone around you will like what you stand for, or even who you really are. I’ve found the more you understand who you are deep inside, the more you’ll have criticism from those around you. Standing true takes work; its hard to hear the negativity of people that don’t agree with you. But when you find that person, its easy to become passionate about what really drives you. If you’re meant to be an entrepreneur – a photographer – do it.
Think you are great today
If you are in the best place possible, everything you do today will be the best thing you can do. Thinking you are great means you’ll take action, and do something that brings you closer to your goals. If you feel you need to improve before you can take action, that day will never come.
Focus every day
Never rely on the “someday’s”. People get caught up on things that will happen in the future, instead of focusing on what you can do today. If you want to improve your portrait photography, take portraits every day. If you are building the business, do one thing every day that helps you set up the business and bring in new clients.
Give it your all
Have you ever said to yourself, “I had this idea a year ago – I wish I would have acted on it them.” We’ve all had things we thought about at one time or another. But the only regret you will ever have is if you don’t act on it, and instead always wonder what could have been. Empty yourself. Put it all out there. Give it everything you have, and you’ll never have to wonder “what if”.