A lot of people get caught up with the struggle of will power and motivation. They will go to a motivational seminar and get excited about success. They will be on fire for a short period of time and then fizzle out. The problem is motivation is temporary. Motivation gives you the what but not the why. Motivation is a good start but unless it can manifest into a burning desire, passion and enthusiasm it will not have the wings to soar.
A lot of our self-worth comes from our daily job because we spend most of the hours of our day working. How we feel about our self-worth can easily affect our motivation. It does not matter if you are a rocket scientist or a stay at home mom, your sense of self-worth, your motivation, your energy, and your enthusiasm come from how much you love what you are doing.
At this level, inspiration has a spiritual quality. Dr Wayne Dyer points out that the word inspiration includes this dimension as ‘in-spirit-ion’. Literally the word inspire means to ‘breathe life into’ (the opposite of expire!).
Make sure that you look to make friends with other photographers. You can do this by joining a photographic club in your area. Here you’ll see the work of others and also be able to submit your own work. We feed off each other’s energy and follow magazines is a natural by product.
What drives someone to work for two days straight without a single complaint? Others can barely manage 2 hours. What makes someone keep going from one achievement to another without ever seeming like they are about to stop? Others are content with having a ‘simple’ life. What drives us? What motivates us? Motivation is as unique as our individual personalities. Just like the arrows flying towards the same target but all headed in different directions; the forces behind our individual will power vary. They lead us to different directions. Ask anyone what motivation is, and they will give you as many answers as the people you ask the question.
Watch an inspiring movie. There are lots of them out there! Remember some flick you saw ten years ago, one that left you with an uplifted feeling? Fire up the VCR or DVD player, and watch it again. I watch “It’s A Wonderful Life” several times a year, even in the summer time, just to rekindle that feeling of inspiration it always gives me. Which movie will do it for you?
Wedding Expos. Take a trip to your local wedding expo. Explore the different vendors and get an idea of which vendors you feel most connected to and would like to use. Make sure to talk to everyone – get an idea for their style and personalities and don’t forget to grab a bunch of brochures and business cards for later. Once you have your inspiration book & have gathered a few ideas of what you want your perfect day to be like, spend some time looking at your local vendors websites and make a few appointments.
Nothing wrong with using motivation to get started just realize that if you want to continue on without fail, you have to rise above motivation and tune into the inspiration.