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2016 Goal: Pursue Progress–Not Perfection | Jacksonville Photographer

Last Friday, I shared about one of my big goals for 2016: to WORK SMARTER. If you missed it, you can catch up HERE.

I’m excited to let you know that….so far….I’m on-track with my schedule for January. There is a lot of value in spending time planning for things AND planning for how those things are actually going to happen. Blog posts don’t write themselves. Sessions don’t get scheduled automatically. You get the idea. It takes planning and actually following through with those plans.

Today, I’m sharing another one of my goals for 2016: to pursue progress–not perfection.

It is so very easy to get caught up in the comparison game. On social media, I follow several awesome, insanely talented photographers for inspiration. But often I find myself discouraged instead of being inspired. I’ve heard a few people say that we should not look at anyone else’s work at all. But I disagree. I think getting creative ideas from other professionals in my field is a good thing–> as long as I have the right attitude and keep everything in perspective.

One of my favorite quotes states, “Comparison is the thief of joy.” It’s so true. In addition, comparison undermines my creativity and my successes. It tears down my confidence and makes me reluctant to take chances. It stifles me, and comparison just plain makes me feel bad about myself.

That’s where pursuing progress comes into play. I’m resolved to do the best I can with what I have to work with now. I’m going to pursue improving my photography and business skills. Lifelong learning is so important!

And I’m also going to remember where I’ve come from and how much I’ve improved along the way. It’s about PROGRESS. It’s about getting better than I was last year. Or even yesterday.

This point was brought home to me earlier this week as I scrolled through my Facebook feed. The Time Hop feature popped up a picture that took my breath away. It was an image that I made of my daughter when I was JUST getting into digital photography and editing. I won’t say exactly how many years it’s been, but we’ll just say it’s been awhile. (My daughter is now nine.) I’ve paired this newbie photo with an image from one of my sessions from last month. And…..OH MY!!! Seeing how far I’ve come is so exciting! It definitely makes me want to celebrate!!!

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