In my opinion, putting yourself out there has got to be one of the hardest things you can ever do. Fortunately, I’ve learned the key to not allowing fear hold you back. For me anyway! If I listened to the inner voice in my head, I would never publish a blog post, never have become a photographer and definitely never write anything personal about myself on the web. When I think of why I wouldn’t do these things, it all comes down to fear.
Fear of being judged.
Fear of not being good enough.
Fear of exposing too much of myself for everyone to see. I hide my insecurities and uncertainties under lock and key.
When Pat and I decided to start a photography business, I was beyond scared. To this day, 4 years later, I still get nervous before every engagement session, every wedding and showing our clients their wedding photos. The responsibility of this job is not lost on me. I hope it never is. Over the years, I’ve come to learn that the feeling of fear equals where I need to be for personal growth. If I can get past it, the key for not allowing fear to hold me back is to remember that I am a better person, business owner and photographer afterward. When I think back to anytime I’ve been held back, it was always due to my own inner voice saying you’re not good enough. It never came from anyone else. Once I realized this, it was easier for me to keep moving forward and keep doing something I really love.
In the end, passion and happiness trumps fear any day. There’s nothing I want more than to be both happy and proud of what I’ve done.