Updated: Nov 12, 2019
I'd like to say I always had a clear vision of what I wanted to be when I grew up, but I can't. My whole life I've had so many interests, and I could never seem to stick with one thing for too long.
I would get really excited about an idea and run with it for a while, but as the initial steam wore down so did my excitement. From there, I would jump to something else I found intriguing and the whole vicious cycle would start all over again.
A good chunk of my 20's was like that, running on a perpetual hamster wheel of indecision.
Throughout those years, I've read and heard about the importance of focusing when setting goals so many times. But being the person I am, I wanted to prove the world wrong and show that I could pursue a million things at once.
Oh, how wrong I was.
Over the last couple of years I've realized that focus really is the backbone of being able to achieve anything.
If you don't know what you really want how are you going to accomplish anything?
So I decided to take a good look at myself and think about what I can truly see myself doing.
After some soul searching and a few more ill-advised career decisions I noticed that I'm always taking pictures. I'm always trying to push myself artistically as a photographer. I'm always looking at pictures and trying to find other photographers. I even carry a camera in my purse for crying out loud!
So I decided to turn photography into my primary focus. How did that go?
Best decision ever.
Ever since I decided to purely focus on photography I've made bigger strides than I could ever make trying to be the jack of all trades.
Here are the 4 biggest impacts staying focused has made on my life:
I feel less overwhelmed
When I was in full-blown scatterbrain mode I would always wind up feeling stressed and dissatisfied with my results. Why? Well, the answer is pretty simple. I was all over the place!
I would try and dedicate my time to so many things that nothing got accomplished. I wanted to sell jewelry, sell my paintings, be a freelance graphic designer, and the list goes on and on.
I used to wonder why I wasn't getting anywhere in my painting, or illustrations, or jewelry, but I never took the time out to really hone these skills and learn the business side of things. I thought that being talented and posting on Instagram was all I needed to do.
As a someone who has clearly defined career goals now, I know that it's important that I stay up-to-date in the areas that matter to me in order to really make a difference.
I now have an official career title
Graphic designer/painter/jewelry designer/whatever the hell else I was trying to be wasn't going to work as a job title. But Photographer is something I can manage.
I've noticed that it's a lot easier to be taken seriously and network when your career is focused. No one really knew what I did before because I was trying to do so much at once.
I used to think that having a lot going on would be a career advantage, but now I realize that it was actually a big hindrance on me.
I feel more confident about my work
Since I've been dedicating to photography I've become extremely proud of my work. I feel like I have really developed my voice as an artist, something that I don't feel like I accomplished in any other area.
It's because I am constantly working on my craft, thinking of ideas for photo shoots, watching tutorials, and learning the business.
I feel like I'm a part of a community
As I've become more focused on pursuing photography as a career I've become engrossed in the world of photography.
Taking pictures is my #1 thing, but looking at the work of other photographers and discussing it has become a close second. I love seeing everyone's unique perspective and learning about the world through their photography. And I get to be a part of that.
It's an amazing feeling!
Finding focus in my life has helped me accomplish things that I would've never imagined before.
Has anyone else had trouble dealing with being a scatterbrain? Or has anyone else discovered the joys of focusing on one area? I'd love to hear about it!
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