I know lately you’ve been spending a lot of your time comparing your work to others.
Some over-the-moon-talented photographer has posted their most recent set of photos and it’s like your heart stops in its place. And you feel so impressed by their artistry. Like, “how. did. they. do. that?” But at the same time you feel inadequate, and not nearly good enough. And, to put it bluntly, it sucks. It’s depressing. It’s demotivating. It just feels like you’ll never get there. Like you’re running fast and doing everything you can, but going nowhere. You don’t feel half as good as them, and it’s so disappointing.
But here’s the thing – someone wise once said, the only photographer you should ever compare yourself to is the one that you used to be.
It’s a fact of life – there will always be someone more talented than you, and less talented than you. But I bet that if the photographer you were a year ago could see the photographer you are today, they would be pretty dang impressed. Am I right, or am I right?
Focus on improvement. Instead of looking at their photos and thinking, “My photos are horrible compared to theirs”… try thinking, “Wow, they are AMAZING! I’m so happy I have such an exciting photography journey ahead of me! So much to learn, explore and discover!” Instead of feeling depressed about your “lack of”, feel excited about the fact that you are at a younger stage of your own photography journey.
Learn to turn the emotions around, because really – the way you feel is always a choice. So choose wisely :)
Big, huge, gorgeous, happy, emotional, appreciative, loving hugs
PS Have fun with today’s inspiring tweetable!