Plans are great – Action is better – Day Fourteen

Fourteen days of action after 12 months of planning. Really when it comes to my photography I am sure I have been planning for the last 3 years! You know a great idea is only as good as the execution. Everyone knows that plans never go 100% to the letter so why do we spend so much time in the planning process of our great ideas? Fear of failure, not feeling its the right time, not having enough time to get to the execution stage or just a lack of passion?

There is never a right time to start a business, you are likely to have set backs, there is the same 24 hours in a day that everyone else has and these people are making time to execute their plan so surely you must love your current situation and jump out of bed each morning to spend extra hours at work. Here is the quote that made me relies that I could make a difference – ‘Create a vision that makes you wanna jump out of bed in the morning.’

I have really been looking at myself this year and have wanted to analyse my past actions and to learn from them, look at what really gives me the get up and go attitude and where my skills and knowledge could support me going forward. So first off yesterday I spoke about the different start up ideas and first year actions that I have had and taken. I am really passionate about working with businesses and love photography. I find myself giving out advice to others who want to start a business or who have started a business or who even works for a big company, looking for some leadership guidance. When I pick up a camera I am at home. I’m excited, nervous and buzzing with creativity which comes through in the end results of my photo shoots. So because of this I looked at commercial & portrait photography as focus for the photography business.

I have decided to take the jump this year into making my passion for photography my full time job and to use the great advice I have given others about business to ensure I make my photography business a success. Then that got me thinking about how some part of the blogs could cover this Business Development energy I have inside me. Being able to offer more to my network of businesses and sharing a very personal link to the photography industry. So you may find that some of the posts here will have a business focus, which will be aimed at all businesses but from my experience through the start up of my photography business you may find more of my examples are linked to that industry.

See the great thing about this blog, My Photography Journey, is that its my thoughts of the day and a kind of contract with you the reader. There is that peer pressure to act on my words rather than keeping the plan in the planning stage. I was talking to someone tonight about a fantastic idea they have, seeking to understand fully the concept and then probing to see how far the thought and plan goes. I even came up with a scaleable model for the idea which I was happy to support with, but I will not allow the thought of getting involved with this great idea distract me from my own business. If that person was to show a real hustle towards making this happen then I would support them and it would not be a distraction as the commitment would be visible and reassuring.

I think it all starts with an honest look at where you want to be in the next 5 years, but you can not do what you did in school and mess around for the first 3 years and then play catch up for the last 2 years. Every day, every week, every month should have a stepping stone in place which would be an action you will take to support getting to your mini goals as you build up to your main goal. It could start with a week of YouTube, then a month of reading which then moves into three months of market research. The key is to get to the root cause of why you are not already doing or living the life you want today? Then plan out – ‘If I do this, It will allow me to achieve that’ It will always come down to one thing at the end of the day – Putting in the hard work and it will be hard.

To Be Continued…


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