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Field of Dreams – Action Point 1

       “If you build it, they will come.” In other words, build your dreams and make them happen.

This year has been a real challenge and turning point in many ways for me and so I have been interested in various approaches to achieving happiness and my various goals.

One of the first tasks I did was to write my own Personal Commandments as instructed by the Happiness Project. This allowed me to visualise what is important to me and what is necessary for me to live a happier life.

Second, I wrote down on some post-it notes some of my life goals at the moment, as instructed by Field of Dreams-er, and sent them in as an act that helped to actualise the dreams in my head.

Next, I redid the post-it notes and stuck them on my bedroom wall as a reminder everyday of what I want to achieve. And now I am making myself do something everyday in a step towards achieving each of these goals.

The first post-it note said “Have my photograph(s) in an exhibition/art show”.

And so, scary as it was (fear is probably the number one barrier to achieving success) I entered four of my travel photographs for the Wanderlust Amateur Travel Photo of the Year competition. Of course, the doubter in me can see where I could improve the photographs (and I didn’t do any touch-ups) and has seen much better photographs by other entrants. But you know what? If I don’t enter, I will never have that opportunity to fail let alone succeed. And I need to keep facing the fears, the low self-esteem and self-doubt. That is why I am going to share with you here the images I have submitted. Not because I want to be judged but because it is a cathartic process for me.

Monk at Mandalay Palace Elizabeth Sellers

Monk at Mandalay Palace – Mandalay, Burma

I must admit that the cliché is true; if you face those fears and do it anyway, you feel that little bit stronger each time. I recommend you give it a go too, and please let me know what you are doing to achieve your dreams. Remember, take little steps each day and you WILL get there.

  1. Wow, I'm not blowing smoke up your ass here, I genuinely do love those images, especially the one with the waterfall. Great work.

    And kudos to you for taking life by the horns and making your dreams come true. You're very inspiring.

  2. A huge well done for taking the first daunting step towards living your dream! Your photographs are beautiful, I think the first two are really special.
    Keep going and don't give up until you get what you want xx

  3. What on earth are you worried about? These are GORGEOUS! You did the right thing by sending them in. I'm your newest follower — I'd love it if you visited and followed too if you like 🙂

  4. I think those photos are stunning, especially the first and the last. Wishing you all the best, you will never know if you don't at least give things a shot!

  5. Wow. Elizabeth, I wish I could take photographs like that. They are beautiful. Well done on making your first step too…it's the most important! Lisa x

  6. Those photos are amazing!! It is true that if you write your goals down, you are more likely to achieve them! Have you ever read The Secret or watched the DVD? It's all about that sort of thing, the Law of Attraction!

  7. Lots of luck in the competition – I love the monk and the bridge best, great composition, but i think they are all beautiful.

  8. these are so lovely, I loved them as soon as I first saw them a while ago! 🙂

    I love the idea of the post its and your personal commandments!

  9. Wow, thank you so much everyone. I am really overwhelmed by the response. I hope you all write your own dreams and commandments down too – I guarantee it will make you feel better and much more focused on what is important to you.
    x

  10. You should get in touch with some local cafes or bars – loads of them here in Leeds take exhibitions of people's artwork that they then have for sale.
    It could be your first exhibition…….

  11. Em – that's a great idea. I'll start having a look for suitable cafe's and see if they might be interested.

    Nic – No, I haven't heard of the secret, but it does sound very apt for how I am approaching my goals. I'll look it up and add it to my ever-growing list of books to read.

    Everyone – thank you so much for the encouragement, it is really inspiring me to push myself a little more, no matter how scary it is.

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