It's been a little over 17 months since I decided to change
my life completely and work full time at my passion of photography.
In that time I have attracted many more wonderful things into my
life than I ever thought possible.
I have won awards for my photography nationally and internationally
and my 'online' photographic business, Nautilus Gallery
is growing everyday. I also started another 'online' business
called Inspire Your Day in October 2006 which is also going extremely
well. I have successfully brought an International Peak Performance
and Success Coach, Kurek Ashley, for an event to the Sunshine Coast
and in May 2007, I am bringing world renowned Dr John DeMartini
to the Sunshine Coast, for a new world first seminar program.
I have accomplished all of this not from years of study, hard
work or with a bucket load of money.
What I did to Attract Much More into my Life was:
1. DECIDE - There have been many times in my
life where I was tested to breaking point. It was at those points
where once I decided that I wasn't going to put up with whatever
was going on, or that whatever I was doing had run its course, I
changed my life. I DECIDED and there was no going back.
Studying a 13 week Introduction to Photography course through
an Australian University was one of those decisions. It wasn't
even the main course I was interested in at the time but the elective
unit in the Undergraduate Course I started. I decided it would be
a bit of fun as I quite liked photography. Little did I know the
impact it would have! I loved the course and was awarded a High
Distinction. I decided half way through it that I had found my 'Life's
Purpose'. I would photograph the beautiful area where I live
on the Sunshine Coast of Queensland, Australia and gradually expand
to the whole of the Queensland coast and then beyond to Australia
and then the world. I didn't know how I would do it. I just
would. And it seemed that once I decided and knew what I wanted,
doors just started to open for me, where before there hadn't
even been a door!
2. CREATE A PLAN - Once I decided what I wanted
to do, I wrote it down on paper. I have always had a journal, which
has helped me sort out and plan lots of events, emotions and issues
in my life. I have a photographic memory and keep too much in my
mind at times, so when I need to clear my mind I write it all down.
Once I had found my new 'Life's Purpose' I had so many
ideas and thoughts that I wrote them all down. I also thought of
where I wanted to end up with my photography so wrote that down
and worked backwards from there. I made a plan.
3. ASK FOR HELP - The next thing I did was ask
for help. I asked my tutor from my Photography course if he would
recommend any courses to continue my learning. I went to Photographic
shops and asked the opinions of the camera experts about which cameras
were the best. I subscribed to all of the Photographic magazines
and read through their articles. I searched the internet for articles
on 'How To's' and I learnt more. I set up a website
by more research, finding a Web Hosting company that included a
free website building package in the price of hosting. I asked for
lots of help getting that up and running! I joined all the Photographic
Associations that suited my style of photography and linked my website
with Photographic Directories all over the world. I bought lots
of books (and read them!) on marketing yourself and business setup
and sent of lots of emails with questions. What I found with all
of the asking for help was that most people were more than happy
to give their assistance for free. Something that I now do for people
who ask for my help.
4. DO IT - It's now time to get yourself
known. This was one of the most exciting and frightening things
for me. I had all of the theory, had everything ready and it was
time to sell my work and myself. I believe that it's not just
the photography that I am selling it's also the person behind
the camera. People want to know who the person is and what made
them pick up a camera. They also want to know how they can take
the photographs and what makes them get up at 4 am in the dark and
go and take photographs of the sunrise day after day.
So I sent photographs and a brief story about myself to the local
Newspapers, Tourism Agencies, businesses and anyone else I could
think of. They all liked my photographs and started to contact me
for interviews. I listed my photographs for sale on Ebay which was
a great start and wonderful promotional tool. I went to business
network meetings in my area and donated raffle prizes of my photographs.
My work started to sell.
5. GET A LIFE SUCCESS COACH - Around 3 months
after I started my 'online' Photographic business I had
the opportunity to attend a free seminar by International Peak Performance &
Success Coach, Kurek Ashley. Another door was opening! I had always
mistrusted 'Success Coaches' as I had heard a few stories
about people paying out huge amounts of money for little in return.
However, I decided again that I had nothing to lose so would hear
what he had to say. It was amazing! At the end of the 3 hours I
was more excited about my future than I had been even when I had
found my 'Life's Purpose' previously. My partner and
I, along with 5 of our collective 7 children went to one of his
2 day seminars. Kurek's teaching methods were incredible and
we went away with 'real' actions to do each day. We also
subscribed to his 'Life Success Club' which we paid a fair
amount for each month, receiving a CD with a mini seminar and actions
to do each day for that month as well as special events to attend
exclusively for Members. Those actions applied to my business kept
me focused and motivated and have been instrumental in my success.
6. HAVE YOUR PEERS GIVE YOU FEEDBACK - One of
the important things for me to do was to have other Photographers
view my work and give their critique. I have always been particularly
admiring of Panoramic Landscape Photographers, Steve Parish, Ken
Duncan and Peter Lik, so to have any of them view my work was a
great honour. As well, the associations of Professional Photography
in both Queensland and Australia and the International Association
of Panoramic Photographers are of the highest caliber and have worldwide
reputations. So I entered my photographs into competitions where
I would get my photographs exposed to the world. My first foray
into the competition arena was exciting and I received a high mark
although not an award. I actually didn't understand the rules
properly at the time but soon learnt for the next competition! The
next competition was the Australian Professional Photographers Awards
where I won an award. The next was a worldwide award where I won
an Honorable Mention and it kept going. I next had the opportunity
to enter a competition where Steve Parish would be judging, so I
entered and eagerly awaited the outcome. The phone call where I
was notified that I had won a 2nd place was very exciting. I now
proudly have hanging on my wall a framed certificate signed by Steve
Parish for my place. In the last 2 weeks of 2006, I was notified
by the International Association of Panoramic Photographers that
the 6 photographs that I had entered into the 2006 Photo Contest
had all been awarded prizes. How's that for attracting more?!
7. BELIEVE IN YOURSELF - So that brings me to
a most important and critical factor in attracting much more into
your life for 2007. The belief that you have in your talent and
abilities, and yourself in general. There were so many times in
my life previous to finding my 'Life's Purpose' where
I doubted everything about myself. I had believed what 'other'
people had said I should be and do not believing that what I wanted
to be or do was acceptable, or able to be done. However, once I
started to believe in me and followed my own path and the calling
that was deep inside everything changed. I surrounded myself with
people that were positive and supportive and I rewarded myself for
the sometimes small and sometimes large steps I was making towards
my destination. My confidence in my abilities grew and now I know
that I made the best decision for my life.
Listen to your heart and your body. Take some time to sit quietly
with yourself each day and ask yourself questions about your life.
If you feel happy when you answer them you are going in the direction
to reach your 'Life's Purpose.' If the feeling is a
negative one that feels uncomfortable that's the wrong direction
to go. And if you feel like you are running into hurdles and brick
walls along life's path then that is the Universe telling you
that you are going in the wrong direction. I like the saying, "That
which is meant to be in your life will be free to be so."
Tracy Woolley is an inspired Australian Award Winning Landscape
Photographer, who decided to get together a few friends who
are experts in their fields of endeavour to inspire others to
creat a life that you have always imagined, in your wildest