Why not me?
When you decide that yes, it can be you, you will be amazed at the results.
Yes, it is time to be successful and have everything you want.
Twenty years ago, I had never picked up a camera. Never even considered the possibility of being a partner in a multi six figure photography business. Not for one second. But the adventure began, working alongside my husband Keith, I set out to learn everything about this business.
Ten years ago, I never would have thought that I would go back to college to become a photographer. Never crossed my mind, EVER. In fact, when I received my BA in 1991 I never wanted to see the inside of the undergraduate classroom again. Wasn’t I done?
Five years ago I faced my biggest fears. I couldn’t hide in Keith’s shadow forever. I actually had to step out of my comfort zone, challenge myself to become a better photographer and show up at jobs ON MY OWN. No safety net. Just me, my cameras and everything I had in my head to be successful. My hands are sweating right now just thinking about how fu*kin scared I was. To.the.core.
Wondering what thoughts I had along the way?
“I can’t do this. I’m not good enough. I’m going to fail. Everyone else is better than me”.
Who am I to think that I can:
— run a successful photography business when I know nothing about photography (but quickly learned, after all, a business is a business!)
— learn to be a photographer at the ripe old age of 45?
— grow said photography business from low, very low 5 figures to multiple six figures?
— survive multiple economic downturns but still keep the lights on?
— forget keeping the lights on – maintain steady growth year over year in spite of those economic downturns.
Still struggling to think I can.
You have no idea how hard it is for me to pat myself on the back and actually give myself praise. For most of my life I always felt success was for other people, not me. Years of self doubt and no confidence contributed to these thoughts. They were so ingrained in my brain that they were actually beliefs, so undeniably real.
It is only in the last couple of years that I have truly been working on changing these long held beliefs that haven’t served me at all.
Once I decided that it actually could be me, everything really fell into place. I told myself that I could be successful. I could do this.
And guess what? I could.
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