Often times we find ourselves bogged down by tasks and details, making it quite difficult to take a moment to relax, walk outside, and breathe the fresh air. Pressure seems, at times, to define the lives of people in the 21st-century. We harp on ourselves for falling short, missing deadlines, or not arriving on time to various places. Each year we aim to try harder or reach higher, but somehow those resolutions never seem to be fulfilled. Why is that? Humans perform best when given clear incentives, not vague ideals. These cliche abstractions of trying harder and reaching higher are pounded into us from such a young age that they quickly lose all meaning. The solution? Clarify your incentives. Successful athletes don't reach the echelon of grandeur by aiming to run faster, get stronger, or jump higher. The only way to meet ones goals is to construct a concrete game plan that is well within ones abilities. If you want to get back into the habit of flossing, the worst way to go about doing that is to attempt to floss all 28 teeth right from the get-go. You will surely crash and burn in no time with that approach. The only way to reform that habit is to tell yourself: I am going to floss one tooth on a daily basis. Once you have plowed that canal in your brain, thus forming a habit of flossing one tooth every day, then - and only then - can you start flossing two teeth daily. You are much more likely to reach your goals with this approach. So remember: take the sniper approach, not the shotgun approach. Pick off each project in life with minuscule but consistent efforts and you will find greater satisfaction.
Today I took photos for a client. She is a very talented artist and is extremely motivated. Sometimes I think she can create an awe-inspiring painting faster than I can click the shutter of my Canon. Her title for one of her paintings is Arctic Tears. This particular piece was different than the others. While most of her paintings consisted of warm hues and bright, joyous pigments, Arctic Tears comprises cool blues fused with deep, icy black gradients. She explained that when an iceberg melts, the surrounding water grows darker.
I heard a statistic the other day that 90% of blogs don't last longer than 1 year. Well I am happy to say that I am not part of that statistic, since I started my blog back in the fall of 2011 and I have been posting ever since.
With that said, I haven't posted anything in far too long, so this post is just an attempt to build up my momentum in hopes that I will get back into the habit of posting on a regular basis. While most habits are easy to form and difficult to put an end to, blogging is totally different. Interestingly, blogging on a regular basis is a difficult habit to form and work into ones schedule, but that habit can slip out of your daily life like a thief in the night! Funny how that works.
On a completely different note, I am very excited for this week because my good friend Bob Openshaw is taking me to WPPI (http://www.wppionline.com/index.shtml)in Las Vegas. I am not quite sure what to expect, but I hope to meet passionate photographers like myself and learn fresh, new things about this craft.