Today is Wednesday. It’s the middle of the week and this can either be exciting or it can feel like drudgery that you still have two more work days to go before the weekend. Does this seem to happen often? Although we may occasionally have our downs, my hope is that you will find more joy in your journey through life.
Now this is probably not a post you would expect to see on a photography website, but hang in there with me. The way we feel about ourselves comes through in our photographs. If you are constantly stressed, it is hard to give a pretty, open smile to someone behind the camera. Plus, it’s hard on you in general when you don’t relax and smile and laugh from time to time. So let’s dive in.
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Time for a Check-up!
Now I would like you to get a piece of paper and something to write with. We are going to do a check up on how you feel about yourself, and be honest! The only one who is going to see these answers will be you.
(1=very poor; 10=very positive)
- On a scale of 1-10, how much confidence do you have in your own natural abilities?
- On a scale of 1-10, how do you feel about the way you look?
- When was the last time you spoke positively about yourself?
- How do you feel you look in photographs?
- Is there anything that stands out to you in photographs that you wish you could change?
- On a scale of 1-10, how often do you genuinely smile?
- When you shake someone’s hand, do you look them in the eye?
- When was the last time you did something that impressed you?
- Do you feel you can speak to others easily?
- What do you love most about yourself?
Now, review your answers. Did they show you anything surprising?
Now take a minute and view this wonderful video from Dove. You may have seen it from one of their campaigns, but it’s definitely worth viewing again.
We are infinitely more beautiful than we often believe. If you had a negative answer to any of those ten questions above, I would like you to write a way in which you could turn it into a positive. For example, if you gave a 1 for how often you smile, I want you to write a game plan for how you can turn that 1 into a 5. This could be every time you see yourself in the mirror, you will smile.
Promise me you’ll always remember: You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.
~ A. A, Milne
Do you remember this quote from “Winnie the Pooh”? I want you to print this out and place it on your mirror, or if you want something more permanent try one of these. Either way, place it somewhere you will see it often throughout your day.
This week, I want you focus on speaking positively about yourself. By performing this one simple act, you will see that others will notice. You may even find they will compliment you more often. Confidence invites people in. Negativity drives them away.
Have a stellar week!
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