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New Year’s Resolutions are out. They rarely work. And yet, the start of the New Year is a perfect time to refocus and decide where you want to take your photography… schedule out how you’re going to do it… and make plans for it to happen.

Here are some alternatives to making resolutions that you might try:

Small Action Steps
My director, Lori Allen, prefers to take small action steps and see where they can take her. The idea is that, instead of planning and thinking… you just DO. Then you can build upon your successes and failures from there.

TRY: Sign up for a few stock agencies. Go through your photos and select some to submit. Then submit them. Don’t plan to be better and learn… just do it and see what happens. Then learn from your successes or failures.

Word of the Year
Barbara H, a friend and expedition attendee, likes to choose a word for the year. It could be “discovery,” “friendship,” “balance,” or “creativity.” Whatever word she chooses, it helps her focus and set the tone for the year.

TRY: Think about what you want this year to be like, and pick a word that fits what you want. Adventure. Freedom. Connection. Fun… then, focus your energy and activities around that word.

Goals for Fun and Success
As for me, I like to make goals and break them down into small, doable actions… then spread those out over the year. It sounds pretty nerdy. But I mix in as much fun and adventure as possible.

TRY: Pick some fun things you want to include in your life this year, and make them goals. Fun and adventures are easy to bury under the daily grind. When your schedule is wide open, it’s too easy to yes to helping people, making money, and “must-do” appointments. Fill some of your schedule with WANT to do items, first, and you’ll make sure you include them.

Here are a few of mine for 2017:

  • Build a new stock portfolio on Alamy
  • Get a travel article/photo assignment
  • Train to climb Mt. Adams
  • Go back to France
  • Build an igloo and sleep in it

How did you do on your stock photo goals in 2016? Which were your favorite agencies? Did you sell your first photos? Share here in our Breakfast Stock Club Yearly Review survey, and I’ll post the results in the next couple of weeks.

[Editor’s Note: Learn more about getting started selling your photos online in stock agencies – no matter how much or little photography experience you have – in the Breakfast Stock Club e-newsletter. It’s once a week, and it’s free to join, here.]

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