The Habit of Excellence

October 30, 2017

This is my journal.  Admittedly, it's not a private journal, but it is mine, nonetheless, and therefore I, respectfully, decide what to write in it.  That's because I write on the topics I personally need to keep to the forefront of my mind as a photographer in search of the deeper meaning of the motivations and inspirations behind every image I create. 

 

I share my journal publicly with a thin veneer of hope that someone else reading it's content will derive some small benefit from it.  However, primarily, it is for my benefit.  I don't just post these entries in my journal and forget about them; I do repeatedly re-visit them from time to time ('host guv') to re-read them (cringe!) and to refresh myself on the lesson I originally had in mind.  I'd encourage others with an interest in self-improvement to do the same as many of the world's greatest individuals kept journals.  (I'd love to stand on the shoulder of a photographic giant, but at the minute, I'd be happy just to clamber on to one of their backs!)  Further: on the topic of journal-keeping their is sound Psychological / Sociological research to show that it is a very worthwhile practice to undertake as it delivers a multitude of benefits to the scribe. (Note to self:  a future journal entry?)

 

"Writing in a journal reminds you of your goals and of your learning in life.

It offers a place where you can hold a deliberate, thoughtful conversation with yourself."

~ Robin Sharma

 

But why the need for repetition? 

 

The repetition of a thought or an act repeated forms a habit.  Therefore, chose your thoughts carefully and practice excellence at every opportunity.  You've often heard the maxim -  I expect - that 'Practices Makes Perfect!'?  However, this is not the case  - 'Perfect Practice Makes Perfect' is the truer statement.  For, the mind is impartial and non-judgemental, whatever you think - irrespective of how poor the thought may be, it will register it, file it, and reinforce it, if ever the thought or deed is repeated.  Therefore, like the goliaths of sport, music and the arts, (the majority of whom are diarists) we photographers must practice excellence in every creative thought and activity - we must strive to ensure the whole process of photography from idea to print is executed with quality; perpetually weaving a habit made of steel strands purified and tempered in the furnace of  excellence.

 

"A habit leads a man so gently in the beginning that he does not perceive he is led

- with what silken threads and down what pleasant avenues it leads him!

By and by, the soft silk threads become iron chains, and the pleasant avenues Avernus!"

~ Tryon Edwards

 

Habits are formed in the conscious mind and through repetition become forged in the sub-conscious to automatically dictate the behaviors and characteristics that define us and our work.  Chose your habits carefully if you wish to grow in creativity and skill.  Practice excellence to manifest excellence and then repeat, repeat, repeat.....

 

"Creativity is a habit, and the best creativity is the result of good work habits."

~ Twyla Tharp

 

If you've made it this far into my journal entry, thank you for staying with me.  i hope you enjoyed the read and have derived some value from the content.  If you have enjoyed the blog, why not share it on?

 

Best regards

Steve

 

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