What’s Stopping You?

Copyright Ronn Thwaites 2018
Copyright Ronn Thwaites 2018

One of the key questions I often have to ask myself when I know I want to be pushing forwards with my photography but I’m not doing it is:

‘What’s stopping you?’

Some of the answers I get back from myself include:

‘I don’t have the time to do it’

‘It’s not quite the right time’

‘I’ve left it too late’ 

‘I just need to get some others things done then I’ll start’

‘I’m not quite ready yet’

‘I just need to do a bit more research’

The next question I like to ask myself is:

‘What’s REALLY stopping you?’

If I’m willing to be honest with myself then the following answers can come up:

‘I’m scared of what other people might say’ 

‘I don’t feel good enough’

‘Who am I to think I can do this’

‘What if it all goes wrong?’

‘What I’m doing isn’t any good’

When we’re really honest with ourselves the real reasons we aren’t doing our creative work starts to surface; that’s when the perceived barriers and obstacles start to appear and the real reasons that we’re stuck are plain to see

These obstacles can be both real and imagined but it isn’t until we’re honest about them that anything can be done about them; once we expose them we can come up with a plan to kick their arse and get on with our ‘work’!

For me it can a combination of many things that blocks me; fear of what others might say, not wanting to commit to anything, not being willing to put the hard work in, perfectionism to name but a few. It isn’t until I’m honest with myself about these things that I’m able to get on with actually doing something about it

I now find that rather than let my thoughts, fears and worries dictate the path I’m on I do my mindfulness practice every day, acknowledge that they’re there and think that they’re helping to protect me, thank them and get on with what I really want to be doing anyway

This isn’t always easy for me and there are times, like many others, that I struggle to not let my fears bully me, push me around and stop me but now I’m far better at getting myself past my own self imposed obstacles and doing the work I want to be doing


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