Anxious? Doubting yourself? Feeling overwhelmed? Here are three words that literally gave me that “ah-ha” moment- WORK THE PROBLEM.
Maybe it’s just me, but when someone close to me said that my thoughts were, why didn’t I think of that? Working the problem is literally the only way to actively get you out of whatever rut you feel you’re in.
I seem to ebb and flow between feeling productive with my photography business and feeling like I’ll never get to where I want to be. The days when I begin to doubt myself are extremely frustrating and hard. I’m literally ready to throw in the towel. There’s no amount of reading scripture or googling TED talks that can help me when I get that deep into my own head. So here’s what I did- I worked the problem.
I signed up for a few free courses relating to the issues I’m having with post processing and marketing, I watched a few YouTube videos going over specific settings for specific scenarios, I signed up for an 8 week course on marketing (it’s supposed to be 4 to 6 weeks, but, mom life), I joined the National Photographers Association, I asked a few questions for the first time on a Facebook photography group I follow (I’ve never put myself out there like that before), and most importantly, I snapped some pictures for my mom.
Doing these things allowed me to be distracted enough to get out of my head and once I realized my feelings were no longer deceiving me, I took a step back, wrote this blog and realized…okay, I may not FEEL productive all of the time, but that’s SOME progress. And something is better than nothing. The other awesome thing that happened? I found a community of people willing to help, encourage, and just RELATE to what I was feeling- that’s powerful when you’re ready to throw in the towel.
So, if you’re where I was just a few days ago or you know what I’m talking about, here are three words to repeat to yourself continuously- Work. The. Problem.
PS…Feel free to share any experiences or solutions you have had relating to your own “rut.”