The Power of Positive

June 16, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

A few of you may have noticed my post the other day on Facebook referencing a quote from Michael Jordan:

“If you're trying to achieve, there will be roadblocks. I've had them; everybody has had them. But obstacles don't have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don't turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.” ― Michael Jordan

This has been a favorite quote of mine for quite a while now. It really hits home for someone who is always trying to better themselves or continue on a journey where the end is very unpredictable. I'm not going to lie, it gets pretty scary at times! There's so much negativity circling through the world that if we let it in, well... it can destroy us. Thoughts of "I'll never make it" or "What if they don't like me or the things I have to offer?" or even "There are so many people who are so much better at this than I am, so I may as well just give up" and "well that didn't work, so I'm out".

Those thoughts are a perfect recipe for self-doubt and ultimately... failure.

Now let's talk about failure for a bit. Failure isn't always bad, if you don't let it be. Failure can be nothing more than a tool to make a different or better decision to re-direct you on your path to success in reaching your goals. There's a lot that can be learned from failure! If used properly, it can bring about positive things and new beginnings or new thoughts. There is not one successful person who has not experienced failure at one point or another on their path! If you let failure beat you down, you will never experience the greatness you are meant to achieve. Embrace it and work with it! Use it to steer you in the right direction! Use it as an opportunity to learn and try new things or to be more creative.

 

We all start somewhere. For example, here is a couple snapshots of photos I took years and years ago when I was a kid with my Polaroid. Don't laugh! I really thought I was going to go pro someday, so I wrote the description on the Polaroid itself so people could someday recognize my work (haha!) ok so you can laugh. And if you're curious, Butterfield is my maiden name =)

This camera was THE BOMB. I thought this was the ticket! When I had this camera in my hand, I felt alive. I was inspired. I was also a kid who didn't know really anything about photography or composition, but that didn't stop me. I knew when I picked up that camera (or any camera) that I wanted to be a photographer.

 

When I was a teen, I think about 15 or so? I remember being in a waiting room of some-sort, maybe a doctors office. While waiting, I was reading a magazine that looked like a great outdoor magazine. I remember flipping through the pages, looking at all the great images of wildlife etc. I came across a page in there with a little article about photography. I remember it stating "only 1 in a million will actually make it as a professional photographer". 

That crushed me. It also crushed my dream. I didn't necessarily put the camera down, as I still went out and snapped a few here and there, but at that moment, I put my dream down. I closed it out of my mind and never wanted to explore it again. I let the negativity in and let it destroy my dream. It wouldn't be until I was 27 that the dream re-surfaced for me when my best friend asked me to take her camera and said "go get those nature shots for me". Her health was rapidly decreasing and she could no longer get out in nature. It was only 2 weeks after she had given me that camera that she passed away unexpectedly of a heart attack.

I made it my mission to go get those photos for her, and what started out as a hobby and mission for a good friend, turned into a renewed passion and eventually a business where I now offer not only wall art, but portraits as well.

Have I had failures? Have I thought about giving up? Absolutely! But I haven't. Why? Because I have turned my thinking process into positive thoughts and have surrounded myself with supportive and positive people, positive music, even positive tv shows! The list goes on.

No matter what your goal or journey in life is, don't forget to stay positive. Your shot at success can only happen when you stay positive. It can only happen when you view failures as not just failures, but as an opportunity to grow.

Good things are coming your way! Remember, we all have talents, goals and a specific journey that we are meant to follow. Follow that path with positive thinking, and you will have a wonderful and fulfilling life.

  

With love and positive wishes ~ Stacy 

 


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