“Impossible is just a word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It’s an opinion. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing.” — Muhammad Ali

“Shoot for the Moon…and even if you miss…you’ll land among the stars” ~Norman Vincent Peale

The goal of becoming a Master Photographer doesn’t seem impossible…but still difficult because it is not something to be accomplished in a year or two…that is really a medium goal that could be a steppingstone to even more outrageous lifetime goals…

My heart contribution for this life…to enable the building of creative skills to those who do not have a means of expression for their soul…creativity is often not given much priority…but critical in today’s world…”research shows that creativity isn’t just cool. It’s an essential human skill, perhaps even an evolutionary imperative in our technology-driven world.”…photography, writing and the graphic arts as a means of articulating emotions…telling their story and how they see their world...

“Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead.” ― Louisa May Alcott

I am not quite sure the path to the “far-out” goal…I can decide the S.M.A.R.T. action plan for the first step…achieving my 3-star rating ⭐⭐⭐…

“Our goals can only be reached through a vehicle of a plan, in which we must fervently believe, and upon which we must vigorously act. There is no other route to success.”

— Pablo Picasso

I still need 12 Club Points to move into a 3 Star rating…that’s done by submitting great images for judging…each photo is judged by 3 judges…with 15 points by a judge as “very good” with a total of 39 points being awarded the “Certificate of Merit”…Bronze 21-26…Silver 27-32…Gold 33-38…I have not done too badly with only silver and gold awards…but only 1 COM when I was one star…time to up my game…

S.M.A.R.T. Goal for that achievement… “Get promoted to a 3-star rating within 6 months, by entering each monthly competition and salon entrance available while spending a minimum of an hour daily to increase my skills and abilities to show the world the beauty in life”

Specific: I will increase my rating to 3 star by spending 1 hour per day learning new skills

Measurable: I will achieve a 3-star rating by the end of end of year 2022

Achievable: In the next 6 months I will enter each monthly competition to achieve an additional 12 points…minimum 6 silver stars or 4 gold stars…2 COM+

Relevant: To achieve my goal of becoming the best photographer that I can be to inspire others through the beauty and character of the world…An inspiration that could lead to a change for the better…in a life…in the world..

Time-Bound: By December 31, 2022 I will be rated at 3 star…

Setting Goals is the First Step in turning the Invisible to the Visible ~Tony Robbins

No Salon Acceptances😢… yet😉

Secret Ingredient: Passion…passion to sustain you through all the boredom and tedium of the 10,000 to 20,000 hours to become a Master…to persist in those moments the emotional commitment…the “soul”…your life’s mission …Robert Greene said in his book Mastery...”The key to high level achievement in any field is to connect with what I call the Life’s Task, our vocation, what we are meant to do in this short time we have to live.”

“You must understand the following: In order to master a field, you must love the subject and feel a profound connection to it. Your interest must transcend the field itself and border on the religious.” ~Robert Greene, Mastery

What did you come to this world to create…what is your life task…your passion

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