When I got my very first DSLR, I was so amazed at the kind of pictures I was now able to take. I was pretty sure I was going to be the next Ansel Adams.. When I look at those photos now, I cringe and laugh at how great I thought were.
Every so often, I pull out a photo I took in the beginning of my photography journey and try to re-create it now with all the knowledge and skills I’ve acquired along the way.
It is sure to boost your confidence when you see how much you’ve grown in your craft."
As for me, for years, I have found myself pulling out old pieces of writing, some that I really, truly thought were golden and brilliant at the time, and not just editing, but sometimes completely re-writing. I wouldn't bother if it weren't for the fact that the thoughts are good. Some of the words are great, but often, there were too many of them, as I always struggled with editing. Sometimes, the words were redundant or I just got overly and completely carried away on a crazy course of alliteration. Sorry, wordsmith humor there. ;-) Whatever the cause, though, those pieces just don't compare to what I'm able to do with them now that I've grown, improved, and gotten more experienced, not just at writing but at life!
Brennan Lanter pointed out something about the process that I just hadn't picked up on. She's right! It does build confidence! I highly recommend taking that little bit of advice. Reshoot something and see how great you feel about your improvement.
For more advice on confidence building from Brennan Lanter, visit her full blog post on Click It Up a Notch here.
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