How to stay motivated as a photographer

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Being a creative, it's hard sometimes to stay motivated. I get asked all the time, "How do you keep that creative drive going as a photographer?".

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Everyone knows these days: you wake up in the morning and you’re not motivated to do anything. You drag yourself out of bed, feeling exhausted, but it does not get any better. Instead of being allowed to do absolutely nothing, you get up and address your daily responsibilities and barely get through the day. Nobody likes to admit it, but we all are struggling to get motivated from time to time. Every photographer knows how difficult it is to keep one’s motivation at a constant high level.

Often times, we have so many great ideas in our mind, but we lack the necessary energy and motivation to implement all these visions. We simply cannot get started with doing what we need to do. It’s a daily struggle, just like a vicious circle one simply cannot seem to escape.

How often do we allow even the most unimportant things to distract our attention away from the pursuit of our dreams? I can guarantee you that you will succeed in whatever you are doing, if only you want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe.

Hard work and a good dose of determination can lead you anywhere, even if you are not the most talented photographer on the planet. Only those who are willing to make an extra effort will be able to succeed. That is why less talented people will outperform you with their willingness to do everything possible to succeed.

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We make little excuses for activities that do not contribute towards the accomplishment of our goals. Doing so will eventually lead us to procrastinate. We stop doing what we need to do: pursuing our goals with the greatest determination and the boldest focus.

Your willingness not to give up no matter what will bring you one step closer towards the accomplishment of your dreams. Often times, people start enthusiastically with a new task, but they soon allow challenges and setbacks to decrease their motivation. In the end, they will give up and find new goals to pursue halfhearted, which they will eventually fail as well. That is until they finally find goals that are unimportant but relatively easy to accomplish. What a way to ruin one’s potential.

Once you have set your mind on to something, keep pursuing it until you succeed.

Success is inevitably connected to action, it will not appear out of thin air. Only those who are willing to plant their seeds in the ground will be able to reap the fruits.

Your ability to tackle your dreams largely depends on the way how you think about doing the required tasks that come along with pursuing your mission. The way you think about your task, either enthusiastically positive or depressingly negative, largely decides on how successful you are able to complete it.

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As creatives, we must love what we do. That's what keeps us going. If you don't love taking pictures everyday, then maybe photography is not your calling. Owning a camera doesn't make you a photographer. A photographer loves what photography is. Art, Expression, and the ability to tell a story.

Happy Shooting!