Let’s play a game!
One of these pics is NOT like the other!
Can you spot the difference?
Ruby Kisses Coral Lipstick
So, did you notice anything strange in the photos above?? Answer: some of the pics in this post are with a flannel and some are without. I’m sure that was pretty obvious! Wasn’t much of a game lol, but we’ll definitely be playing UNO in my upcoming course: Defining Your Brand in 2017. You’ve gotta sign up to figure out what I mean, but I promise it’ll be more fun and A LOT MORE informative than the game we just played.
I’m looking forward to leaving you with more branding tips, general advice, and #psycholoKEYS. And I’m SO HAPPY for all of the positive feedback on my last e-mail! I taught my subscribers the psychology behind their blog layouts and why their layout may be decreasing their audience’s engagement. You can sign up for that TEA here.
DEFINING YOUR BRAND 2017
But back to the point of this post, leaving out my flannel was not done on purpose!
When I first shot these photos, I did an entire 20 minute photoshoot in this outfit and forgot to wear this red & black flannel around my waist. The pièce de résistance, my plaid shirt a.k.a Scottish kilt.
It wasn’t until I moved on to shooting another outfit that I realized I had forgot my “cherry on top” plaid shirt. As I scrolled through the pictures on my camera, I questioned,
Should I start over or should I just keep it moving?
As you can see, I chose starting over.
And the moment I decided to start over – i.e. reshoot – was the moment I decided to NOT accept mediocrity!
I’ll admit I’m guilty of wanting everything to come easy to me. And I loveeee to shy away from hard work. Running this platform is probably the hardest work I’ve ever done, and if you could hear my conversations with my boyfriend, I loveeee to complain about how hard it is. Even though the results are rewarding, if I could have it my way, I wouldn’t choose to work hard. And I don’t think too many people would disagree with me on that.
As I sat in the backseat of my mom’s car, scrolling through my plaid-less camera roll, so many thoughts ran through my head. I didn’t want to fumble around my suitcase of pre-planned outfits to find the correct items again. I didn’t want to waste daylight and put back on an outfit I essentially already shot just because one element was missing. I didn’t want my tight turtleneck to fuzz up my slick-down hair as I put it back on. I especially didn’t want to go back in the cold to reshoot. And I most definitely didn’t want to stay cramped in this crowded backseat any longer.
So, my first thought was to move on. To just accept my L. I told myself, “It’s not as if the outfit was completely ruined because you didn’t have on your plaid shirt. A plaid shirt would have been better, yes, but without it, it’s not the end of the world”. But…
That’s accepting loss. That’s accepting defeat. Accepting mediocrity. And I didn’t realize this in the moment, but I know now: That’s quitting.
I was indulging in my favorite bad habit instead of pushing myself to be better and to work harder. I was going back on my new year’s resolution to develop some mental toughness and choosing to embrace failure instead. I dream of being one of the best in my niche, but I wanted to avoid the brief moment of discomfort and challenge necessary to get the best results.
Do not allow yourself to be mediocre!
As the saying goes,Become comfortable with being uncomfortable! Click To Tweet
Taking the easy way out sounds nice. But if you weren’t born with a silver spoon, nothing will come easy to you. Amazing things come to those who keep pushing, who keep putting in the hard work. And that may even mean those who start over! If you have to return to that UNCOMFORTABLE, cramped backseat, struggle to carefully put your turtleneck back on, and then stand in the cold for 20 more minutes while you re-shoot your photos, that’s what you have to do! Starting over gives you a second, third, or fourth chance to get things AMAZING! To get things RIGHT!
And you better smile through that re-shoot too! Better act like you ain’t cold before you ruin these pictures looking miserable!
Didn’t have enough of the old sayings? Here’s another one:Anything worth having is worth fighting for! Click To Tweet
It’s annoying to start over. It’s annoying to do more work than you expected. It’s annoying to press reset on your camera or reshoot. But no one said following your dreams will be easy! You need to FIGHT for your dream, boo. You gotta work harder for your dream, boo. And if you gotta fake a smile, you better grin like a Cheshire cat, boo.
Do NOT leave out any element of your masterpiece! Like steak needs it’s salt, your content needs that final touch, that cherry on top! Don’t skip that SPECIAL element! Put that flanel right back on and reshoot your photos! It’s the difference between being mediocre and being exceptional.
It’ll be hard. It’ll be annoying like I stressed. But pushing through those moments of discomfort and difficulty is what’s going to give you the mental toughness to keep creating your BEST content. To create when no one is watching or acknowledging your work. To create content you’re PROUD of serving and content that’s just that extra bit outstanding.
Until next time!