You probably set goals for your work life and even in your personal life, but what about for your photography life?
Next year this time, how will your photos be better? How will you create the experiences that lead to the kinds of images that will make you proud? Like every other aspiration, if you want to make it a reality, you have to plan for it.
This podcast deals specifically with goal planning for you, the photographer. I’ll share some ideas to get you thinking and hopefully inspire you to begin planning.
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Ready to get started? Follow these steps:
1. Start with the end in mind. This time next year, how will you be better? Why is it important to you?
2. What types of goals will you set? I can think of at least five types:
- Skill based (I will learn HDR)
- Experiential (I will photograph aurora borealis)
- Professional development (I will attend three workshops)
- Project/activity (I will complete a Project 365/52 or | will participate in a program like Help Portrait)
- Business/entrepreneurial (I will launch, grow, focus my business to this level)
3. Keep your goals S.M.A.R.T.
If you’ve ever done goal planning before, you know that your probability of success increases when you keep your goals smart. That means they will be:
- Time based
4. Planning for success
- Find an accountability partner
- How can you make it social/? Fun?
- How will you celebrate when you are successful?
- How will you pay it forward?
Here are a few of my goals for 2015
- Publish 48 podcast episodes
- Offer one online video training + photo coaching program
- Host another Photo Tour New Orleans weekend
- Complete an ebook for Amazon.com
- Organize two Meetups per month
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