You know what?
Your art sucks.
Your web site’s an amateur piece of crap that would embarrass a real photographer.
Which you’re not.
Your dream is silly, naive, and will only end in you failing – like you’ve done so many times before.
You’re not even capable of learning how to make art, make clients happy, or how to act and market and shoot and sell like a professional.
You’re an imposter. An immature, self-absorbed, selfish wannabe who’s getting laughed at right now by the cool kids – the ones with real cameras, real clients, and real talent.
I think you’d best listen to a real professional and quit playing ‘photography business‘ before you really embarrass yourself.
Let me ask you:
Would you ever…
allow someone to talk to you this way?
Or to someone you love?
Then why do you say these things to yourself?
Think about it.
“The key, maybe, is resistance, and it is people saying no. And it should fuel you, and make you that much more determined to see your dream come true.”
– Jessica Alba, Inc. Magazine interview
- Think about it.
- We are always our own worst critic – don’t worry, you’re in great company. But what we desperately need is to be our own biggest cheerleader. We need to stop treating ourselves worse than our worst enemy, and start treating ourselves with love, encouragement, and grace. It starts with recognizing negative self-talk, whether actively or lurking about taking jabs in our hearts and minds. Commit to catching the Resistance in the act from now on, taking a deep breath, and taking dominion over your self-talk.
- Brainstorm session: How did the cruelty of those negative words affect you? Did any hit home, emotionally – a pain point where you’ve beaten yourself raw? Make a list of all the negative self-talk you do to yourself on a regular basis. Now, put on your Best Friend hat, and rewrite that list in the positive. Read this (much better) list every day. Recite it out loud each morning and each night, even if you have to ‘fake it.’ More often than we recognize, the mind follows the body: the more you speak the words, the more conviction you imbue into them, the more you open your heart to show yourself love and grace, the more powerful these words will become in changing your life.
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