Ok, all my marketing friends are writing post about their 3 words for 2012. For those that don’t know, this is 3 words that best exemplify what you plan to focus on for the following year. So I’ll add mine to the mix. My 3 words for 2012 are:
NO, Focus, Wildlife Photography
Let’s go over each in detail.
I’m going to say NO more often. No to volunteering to help with things. No to invites to join online forums, groups, read your blog post, or anything else that does not help me in sone way get closer to reaching my personal or professional goals. This leads really well into number 2
I’ve decided to eliminate things I have a passing interest in and focus on what I’m truly passionate about and what I want to excel in. I want to make clear that some of the things I’m eliminating I enjoy. For instance, I enjoy reading about marketing and seo, but I’m not passionate about it AND I don’t want to be the best at it. I think if you want to be the best at something you will need to focus on it to the exclusion of other things. Arthur Morris is one of the world’s best, maybe THE BEST, bird photographers. He doesn’t shoot anything else. Not the big 5 in Africa, not reptiles, not insects, and he certainly doesn’t do portrait photography or wedding photography, He does BIRDS, that’s it. So this leads me to number 3
3. Wildlife photography
I know that’s 2 words but if I just said photography then I would be violating what I set forth in word 2. I’m cutting back on online activities and sites that don’t have a wildlife or wildlife photography focus. If you’ve been watching my Twitter stream lately I’m sure you noticed this. I’m posting images as part of a 365 Project to Google Plus and most of those aren’t wildlife images. This will change in the next few weeks when I get my new super telephoto lens, After that expect lots more fur and feathers in my photo stream.
Well, that’s my 3 words for 2012. I’m sure those of you that know me are wondering where my seminary education and God fit into all this. The easy answer is that he is directing all my steps and will be involved in everything I do. The harder, and probably more truthful answer, is that I’m not really sure myself. One thing I’ve learned since becoming a Christian is that God works in very mysterious ways and will show you things and teach you lessons in ways you could have never imagined. Some lessons come very hard and often when you are going through them you want them to be over so bad, but when you finally emerge from the other side you have an understanding of something that could not have been accomplished any other way.