If you are not making the money you want in your photography business…..it’s not your fault.
You just don’t know how to do it. Right?
Did you learn how to tie your shoe laces, walk, talk, swim, photograph, learn Photoshop, play the piano etc. etc.
Someone taught you how to do these things or you taught yourself.
If you are self-taught then I guess it took you much longer to learn.
So if your photography business isn’t progressing at the speed that you had hoped, it’s not your fault.
If you are working from home, there is always the constant temptation to work long hours.
You shouldn’t feel guilty if you check and answer emails in the evening when the kids are in bed.
If you are passionate about your photography and are constantly working on growing your business, you should work hard.
Only if working too much intrudes on and effects your family life negatively, should you re-evaluate your work ethic.
The opposite of working too much, is procrastinating on work related tasks.
There is an unlimited amount of things that you could do around the home instead of doing work related things.
Failure to keep up with your work-load could amplify and create a massive problem in a very short space of time.
Another potential problem is spending too much time on tasks which you enjoy and may not be generating income and neglecting the tasks you don’t.
Whether you have a shop front or work from home, there are in fact literally hundreds of tasks that you will have to learn if you want your photography business to survive.
You need a photography business Coach.
Fight The Resistance
Excerpt from Walt Hampton, J.D.
President and Chief Operating Officer
Book Yourself Solid(r) Worldwide
“I love the high summits. I can see forever.
I love to feel the wind on my face, revel in the exaltation, bask in the
sense of accomplishment.
Weeks, months, sometimes years of effort, wrapped up into a single glorious
But most of my time isn’t spent on the summits. It’s spent in the valleys.
And in the weeds.
I got to the end of last week feeling frustrated and exhausted. Despondent
I had done everything right. I had done my weekly planning, my daily goal
setting. I had mapped out my most important tasks.
Yet, when the week was done, all that I could say was that I had been
I hadn’t moved the dial on the projects that mattered most: the ones that
would change up the game, the ones that would truly make a difference.
I had avoided them.
(Even after writing this piece, I failed to make the choices that really
“Everyone has a little voice inside their head that’s angry and afraid,”
writes Seth Godin. “That voice is resistance – your lizard brain – and it
wants you to be average (and safe).”
My friend and mentor, Patrick Combs, says, we don’t identify sufficiently
the Immediate Impact Possibilities: the truly significant tasks that have
the potential to light our lives on fire. Instead, out of fear, out of
habit, and yes, out of resistance, we get caught in the repetitive cycle of
minutia. And stay stuck.
Thought leader John Assaraf goes a step further. He suggests that resistance
may be physiological, biochemical.
He says that he could provide an audience an exact blueprint for making five
times more money. And most of the audience wouldn’t follow it.
He says that when presented with an idea that has the potential to move us
outside our comfort zones, the cybernetic mechanism in our brains releases a
chemical that triggers a thought that allows us to rationalize why we’re ok
just where we are: no more, no less.
Resistance may be hard-wired. How scary and depressing is that.
But thankfully we’re not lizards. We still get to choose.
“Real artists ship,” says Steve Jobs. By artists he means all of us:
writers, speakers, artists, poets, experts, thought leaders, mavericks,
creators, dreamers. People of Might.
Shipping means getting the work done. Getting it out the door. Moving it out
into the world. Come hell or high water.
Godin writes, “Shipping isn’t focused on producing a masterpiece (but all
masterpieces get shipped). I’ve produced more than a hundred books (most
didn’t sell very well), but if I hadn’t, I’d never have had the chance to
write this one.
Picasso painted more than a thousand paintings, and you can probably name
three of them.”
“Not shipping on behalf of your goal of changing the world is often a
symptom of resistance,” says Godin. “Call its bluff, ship always, then
change the world.”
Only the work that ships matters.
Do the work. Ship the work. Do some more.
Resistance will always be there. But we can choose to climb above it.
Resistance works overtime “to be sure that you won’t do anything
remarkable,” writes Godin.
Climb above the weeds. Focus on the Immediate Impact Possibilities. Dare to
Lizard is so last week. Don’tcha think?”””
To Your Amazing Photography Business Success
Photography Business Coach