Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Enthusiasm is Your Secret Weapon

To put it lightly, things have been insane since I made the move to Salt Lake City and I still haven't quite recovered. When you find yourself working well off of a certain routine, a certain rhythm, disrupting that can have a greater effect on you than you think it would.

I had plans to start throwing my name out there as a wedding photographer the moment I stepped foot in Utah. I would network like no one has networked before. I would devote every spare moment to making my dream of working full time as a photographer come true. But after the move, I was scrambling for time to even finish editing the shoots I had in my queue, let alone to seek out new ones.

And then I started making excuses:

- I need to just catch up on life before starting anything big. 

- I actually really like my new full time job, so why stress about pushing photography? 
- If I'm struggling to find time to edit the wedding I shot a month ago, I should not be seeking out new weddings.  

Throughout this entire excuse-making process, I was noticing the vigor in which a fellow photographer, who I'm friends with online, was approaching her business. She was booking multiple shoots a day, editing and posting the photos immediately after shoots, going, going, going with no sign of stopping. It was ridiculously impressive, and I felt jealous. I made excuses again: Well, if I didn't need to work a 9-5 I would have all the time in the world to devote myself completely to this dream. 

And maybe that's true, but that doesn't mean it's any less of an excuse. 

I wasn't lacking in time so much as I was lacking in enthusiasm. And enthusiasm, in any self-employed situation, is your secret weapon. It is what gets you up early to write and schedule those blog posts, or what has you spending your only free hours in the evening assembling items for your handmade shop. It is what motivates you through those long, hard hours that are inevitable at the beginning of starting your own business, when you're still unsure what will come of your efforts or if it's even a good idea.

Enthusiasm is what separates the people who persevere with the people who give up. If you're truly enthusiastic about something, you can set your sights on a goal and do everything in your power to achieve it.

I'm not saying it's that simple, but I can say that the people who find success are the people enthusiastic, driven and motivated enough to see something through the slow times, the rough times, the confusing times. 

In case you missed it, I launched my new photography website yesterday. Pretty stoked about that. I'm choosing to approach each day as a chance to work towards success, and any day I'm not moving forward I'm taking a step back.  I love what I do and I want to do more of it, and I'm going to remember  that the next time I get home from work and don't feel like doing anything at all.

How enthusiastic are you about what you do? 


Maria Larsen said...

Good luck with the getting readjusted and getting everything down pat. It's difficult to get readjusted but once you are it's so worth it! Have a great day.
xo, Maria

erin e flynn said...

Yay! Congrats on launching, it looks great!

I'm really enthusiastic about what I do, but tend to get caught-up on being perfect or doubting myself. I just soft-launched a new web design package today, after delaying it for about a month. I just finally had to hit "publish" and now it's out there so I have to promote it!

Kristin said...

The new site looks great! Making excuses is so easy, and it usually doesn't stem from any bad intentions, but can spiral into absolutely nothing very quickly. Congrats on choosing to move forward! Go, go, go! :D

engquist said...

you are not alone with this. I love my art but struggle with technology and use that as an excuse to not market myself better. the enthusiasm is there as well as some fear of really messing up. one step at a time!

Sara Louise said...

"I need to catch up on life first" is usually my go-to excuse, but somehow this past week, I kicked myself in the butt and got on with it :)
Best of luck with your new business in your new place!

Sandra Dötsch said...

That is definitely the right thought about those things... my enthusiasm about blogginf for example is sometimes going up and down... I just need to figure that out somehow^^
But good luck with your photography website! I think to be a wedding photographer is an awesome job, too :)


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