Working to a Future you

When I speak to coaching clients and photographers I mentor, I regularly find the best way to get people clear on what they need to be doing in the next step is to actually look to the future.

The easiest way I’ve found to get clear on the next steps is to go forward a few years and work back. There’s a lot of argument, that as creatives, a good way for us to be successful is to feel out opportunities and follow our instinct. While this is very very true, an easier way to do that is to have an idea of where you actually want to end up. By knowing where you want to be, you can work backwards in your thinking and that will inform the next set of actions you should be taking.

This involves 2 things:

  1. Big thinking. This is where most people stop because its scary! As the Marianne Williamson quote goes; ‘It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ By dreaming big you can easily set out the steps along the way you need to take. Doing that gives you the next step you have to take.
  2. Be patient. The next steps you might take could be something you can do tomorrow, but the ultimate destination might be 5 years in the future. That’ll take some patience. Again this is where a lot of people stop because of the have it now culture we live in.

As a Sports Photographer, your goal might be to work at an Olympic games. The reality of that is that you’re at least 3 years away from making that happen simply because of when the next games actually is. But that doesn’t mean you can’t start working towards it today?

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