As soon as I got to the bottom of my rep, my legs started to shake and my back fired a signal to my brain: “The f*ck you trying to do, kill me?”
As much as I really wanted to squat that weight for five reps, I knew it was against my better judgment. It just wasn’t worth the risk of injuring myself. So I re-racked the weight, took off a few plates, and did my set.
If something you’re doing isn’t working at all, it would be foolish to persist with the same approach. But it’s important not to confuse choosing to change up our strategy versus giving up.
Ideas in your head begin as just a spark. Something catalyzes the chain reaction: a conversation you overhear, the melody of a catchy song, the cadence of a piece of prose, a photograph that evokes memories of your childhood. Whatever the catalyst, the result is a fraction of a second of brilliance that, if acted upon, could quite possibly change your life. These idea conceptions happen more than you think. We often confuse them as just passing thoughts.
Last July, I decided to embark on a simple mission: I was going to post a new photo on Instagram every day for one year. It’s called a Project 365, and the goal is to challenge yourself to consistently create and share something new with the world. Today is the last day of my Project 365. So much has happened in one year: I collaborated with makeup artists and hair stylists for the first time, I photographed my first wedding, I completely overhauled my editing style and workflow, I broke the five-figure mark in earnings, I upgraded my equipment, I found a full-time job, I left my full-time job, and oh, I got engaged :).
Here are some of the most valuable takeaways I’ve gained over the past year:
We’ve all heard the phrase “feeling like a cog in a machine.” Many of us know someone (and maybe we’ve even felt this way ourselves) who feels underappreciated or unimportant at their job. And feeling that way causes anxiety. It causes stress. It causes us to reevaluate what we’re doing with our lives and whether or not we have any value.
I don’t mean that in a disparaging way. But it’s true, for most of our lives, we’re taught to walk the line, to go down a certain path, to make decisions based on what’s safe or certain. If everyone is doing something, you probably should too, right?