“There is no such thing as ready. Do it scared, and build the muscle of confidence.”
I was paralyzed with fear when it came to public speaking. Throughout most of my 20’s I was incapacitated by this fear.
And I didn’t really break out of it until I stopped any negative and destructive behaviors that only fed that fear.
I took painful, slow grinding action to develop new skills.
I learned how to speak in front of groups. I took every single opportunity I could in my life to speak in front of groups. I still do to this day.
And for a couple of years, it was hard, it was very, very hard. But I persisted.
I am glad I did, because now I have the skill that I would have never been able to develop, unless I faced my fears dead-on and wrestled them to the ground and almost removed them or at least now they are able to be managed.
Now when I speak in front of a group, it’s a real sense of mastery for me.
That took a total of 13 years to develop.
The first 2 years were painful. But I got there.
Was it worth it? The better question to ask is:
What price are you really paying when you don’t tap into the talents and skills locked inside you by your fears?
When you manage to get a handle on your fears, look for the opportunity to become a better person, you will be become a better photographer.
That is a total given. You cannot avoid it. The two are linked.
Jeff Foxworthy talks about when he was struggling and growing. Seinfeld gave some advice to Foxworthy’s big question back then: “How can I create a “style?”
Seinfeld told him to keep giving his show,keep making people laugh, keep doing it, day after day, month after month, and your style will develop.
And it did. Jeff is now a household name.
This applies equally to photography techniques and creativity.
Or, any skill we are trying to master. Become a slave to the technique first, before you can forgot the technical and let the creative shine through.
Confidence is a skill. Selling, and marketing are too. Shooting is.
No matter what the creative endeavor, they are all subject to the same grind.
Robert N. Provencher – Your Master Coach Marketer
“If you want to be a profitable and successful photographer, then study profitable and successful photographers.”