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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

5 ways to make 2011 your best year ever

Tivoli Garden fireworks

Credit: Stig Nygaard

2011 is here and with it we have welcomed the return of the 365/52 projects. This is a terrific project to get the creative juices flowing but what about other ways to improve your photography and business?

1. Take the time to review the previous year. What were your greatest successes? What worked so well for you that people are still talking about it. Where are your weaknesses? What do you want to leave in 2010?

“The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.” Taking the time to review yourself (good and bad) will help you to create goals for the next year. This photographer, RenĂ© Tate, has hit this one out of the park.

2. Set goals. “If you aim at nothing you will hit it every time.”

Don’t just say that you are going to do better this year. Set a goal with a specific deadline and make it measurable. Check out the way Dave Ramsey sets his goals.

Goal!

Credit: ekkebus

3. Find your inspiration. Let’s face it, we all have times that it is tough to get out there and make the magic happen. Finding the people that inspire you and motivate you will be priceless this year. Don’t just look at photographers but motivational speakers, radio hosts, mentors, movies or anything else you can imagine. The important thing is to keep finding inspiration.

4. Take risks. I often find that when I am the most challenged and frightened that I rise to the occasion and learn the most. Step out of your comfort zone and push yourself to create something completely new. If you fail then you know one way that doesn’t work but you will have learned something new.

CLIFF JUMPING/DIVING PROHIBITED

Credit: Better than Bacon

5. Attitude. “Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you are right” – Henry Ford.

No!

Credit:BenedictFrancis

Cheers to a great 2011. May it be your best, most productive, most enjoyed year to date.

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