Failing at Your Photo Goals

It can be really tough to be setting goals for your photographic work and then failing at the end of it. Mark Denney discusses his goals with us, and how the year 2018 turned out for him. 

It’s a routine to start a year with a set of goals and to set out to achieve them, as photographers we always have a list of goals to get done. Similarly Mark Denney takes us through his personal notebook in which he had set goals for himself and discusses how far he has come with his goals. Since Denney is a YouTuber he talks to us about things like how there was inconsistent content, the absence of flow in his work, coming up with a vision for the channel, consuming less and creating more, and how having an online presence distances people from being themselves. 

Too often we are so engrossed in making videos, we tend to forget that we might be losing out on the actual vision. Hence the need for goals. Goal setting is a tricky task. Sometimes thinking about setting goals itself might make us cringe because we might be low in our confidence and might not believe in ourselves. Ideally, even if we hit 20% of the said "goal" we are moving forward and that is what the video is all about. 

Finally, it is always integral to remember that you continue to do what you love and also come to terms with the fact that we all have bad days but we can still keep moving forward. The video being a very personal perspective of the photographer as he discusses goals and much more is one of the reasons to watch it. 

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Word association = frustration. One can watch all of the video's, read all the tutorials and yet, there is one component to achieving your goal that is missing. This leads to frustration on all levels, leading you to believe you can't do it, you are a failure, and that setting a goal was a waste of time. I am going through this at the moment with attempting to elevate my real estate photography. I look at others work, and tell myself I am better than that, or how in the world did they get better than I am? All of this can be a vicious circle of ups and downs. This takes perseverance, a lot of practice until you get to where you want to be. The best advice is to never give up. Failure is part of learning and growth.