Have you ever had to make a *major*, transformative change in your business or life?
According to my fabulous Facebook audience, the answer to that question would be a resounding YES!
In 2013 I made 6 figures doing what I loved – photography:
- I was at the peak of my photography career
- My website was reaching ~75,000 unique hits per month
- I was making more money than I had ever made in my life (6 figures, baby!)
The only problem was: by the end of 2013, I had fallen out of love with photography.
Spoiler Alert: When you create a career for yourself out of nothing … and suddenly realize it’s just not for you? Well … it’s not a fun realization. Because it means everything has to change, and change can be hard.
This unavoidable change meant that I had to do two very difficult things:
1) Reinvent myself online.
Amongst other equally painful things, this meant I’d have to get a brand new website, and wave goodbye to my current site which was getting around 75,000 unique hits a month. Ouch. It meant I’d have to reinvent myself online. No longer would I be “Alex Beadon the photographer” …
2) Create brand new income streams in my business.
Why? Because my current income streams at the time had everything to do with photography, the one thing I wanted to avoid.
Effectively, it felt like I was starting from scratch. Because hey … I pretty much was.
I had to step up, bite the bullet, and follow my heart. And 2014 was game time.
Wanna know what carried me through this transition?
If you’re struggling with making any kind of change in your life or business, here are the three major shifts in perspective that I learned and embraced in 2014 that ended up supporting me through this massive transformation and transition.
It all comes down to identifying Negative Initial Thoughts, and replacing them with Enhanced Thoughts.
Negative Initial Thought #1: Change is scary.
Enhanced Thought: Change is exciting.
Because when you’re trying to reinvent yourself online and create income for your business from scratch? Fear shows up. It’s all, “who do you think you are?” “no one cares about you without your photography!” “you have NOTHING to sell … prepare to FAIL!”
When these initial thoughts appear, my only job was to REPLACE them with my enhanced thought: Change isn’t scary. Change is exciting. Edge of your seat EXCITING. From the time you wake up, to the time you go to sleep EXCITING.
It’s like … when you watch a new movie that your best friend says is *really* good – do you go into it afraid? Of course not. You go into it trusting that this movie is gonna blow your socks off. 2014 taught me how to eliminate the habit of assuming the worst. It taught me how to expect the best from life, to know the blessings are on their way, even if I can’t see them yet.
Initial Thought #2: The desire to change is there for no reason.
Enhanced Thought: The desire to change is there for a reason.
Do you know how you get pulled towards discovering your life’s purpose and doing your best work? Through desire. What you want most in life is life’s secret way of telling you that that’s what you’re meant to be doing. I used to believe that my desires were as random as the direction the wind blows. Now I know that whenever desire tugs at my sleeve, it’s time to pay attention and feel blessed by its very presence. It’s life’s guidance in disguise.
Initial Thought #3: I’M SO STRESSED *PULL YOUR HAIR AND CRY*
Enhanced Thought: – Adventures without stress are not worth it!
Sometimes stress will creep in. Instead of FIGHTING it, take it as a sign that you’re doing something worthwhile. My cousin, Tracy, texted this to me in the middle of a stressful week in my business, and she couldn’t be closer to the truth. Why do we look at stress as a negative thing? Can we SHIFT our thoughts around stress? In 2014 I learned to look at stress as a sign for infinite AWESOMENESS on its way. Stress shows up? Cool man! AWESOMENESS IS ON ITS WAY! I realised that the less I associated with the negative connotations of stress, the less stress affected me.
Looking back, I can say without a shadow of a doubt that it was all worth it: the uncertainty, the fear, the unknown.
It taught me to be strong in the belief that I would find a way, that I would somehow make it happen.
Yes, there will be tough times when your initial thought is telling you to GIVE UP!
But when desire tugs at your sleeve and points you to your hearts true calling, trust that the change is good, and that the blessings are on their way.
And in the meantime – rely on your enhanced thoughts. They will carry you through. You’ve got this.
P.S. In case you missed it the first time … you’ve got this
Before you go, leave a comment:
- Be honest: when a negative initial thought enters your mind, how do you react?
- Do you easily get frustrated by the apparent “lack” of what you want?
- How do you deal with stress and fear?