One Day Left Of Challenges

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Hey Peeps,

Last year around this time, I wrote a post discussing the Challenges ahead for me and you, my disdain for Resolutions and overcoming the odds.

I reflected over this post recently and thought it would be a good recap before we ring in the New Year again.  Some Challenges were met, some weren't, but that's life and the true value of character is both moving forward either towards those goals or reevaluating them for others.

I hope you enjoy this look back that's all about looking forward.

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Michael Carty

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What's Your Challenge for 2012?

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Hey Peeps,

I hate New Year's Resolutions, don't you?  They never work.  The main reason they fail is that after a few days or a week after you begin, some small, insignificant thing happens and it gives your resolution a hiccup.  

Just a little bump in the road.  But for some reason, that's all it takes to totally derail you from your objective.

Here's an example:

You want to lose 20lbs.  

So you start eating better and exercising, but then it's someone's birthday; or a friend is visiting; or a wedding or *fill in social excuse here* - and it's cake-city and bar-hopping time.  

Your hangover makes you sleep in and you miss your workout the next day and on top of that your pounding head/queasy stomach can't deal with any more effort towards food preparation than a call for pizza delivery.  

Oh well, at least you tried right?  Wrong. 

Screw that.

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I want a Challenge, not a Resolution.  I know, I know, you're saying,"Hey Mike, isn't that the same thing?  Isn't that just semantics?"  

And I say,"In a way, yes,"

"But in another way - it is completely different."

A Resolution is so absolute; without room for flexibility or better yet - adaptability.  Especially in the ever-changing and busy world we live in.  Resolutions are unreal, unobtainable and by design - made to fail.

A Challenge on the other hand is something that the human world was perfectly made for.  Life is about Challenges and it is by adapting to the obstacles we encounter within them that makes us smarter, stronger and better at succeeding.  

When we hit a wall in a Resolution, it's game over(or start over), total fail, our winning streak is finished, it was good while it lasted... 

When we hit a wall in a Challenge, it's call a time out, huddle up, and reevaluate the current situation to see where we need to adapt to continue on from here to our goal.

Notice the difference?  It's more than semantics. This clear and vital distinction can define your unfathomable success or unrecoverable failure.

So back to the Challenge - and the whole point of this blog post.

I'm inviting you to connect with me and share your upcoming challenges and concerns in the New Year.

To get the ball rolling, I will list a few of mine:  
  • interview/photograph a minimum of 3 major Canadian icons(I have a HUGE list of names)
  • outsource ALL non-creative work
  • grow my blog monthly pageviews to a minimum of 3000+
  • create small information products within my business to be available online that will create automated income
  • shoot with more professionals(models, MUA's, stylists, other photogs) than I ever have before 
  • get studio/online support that promotes my work to the clients that fit me(and why my website is temporarily under construction this week :()
  • make a difference in this world through my work/website/blog, by promoting worthwhile causes that hold meaning to me and connecting people to organizations and people who can make the difference that I can't in my position
  • remember to, and I quote from my interview with Dane Sanders,"...leverage the moment..." in everything I do

It CAN be done!!
Now you will notice this list contains moderately specific challenges, but they are also simply put.  

You can't be vague about this.  Get as specific as possible.  

My mantra this year is:  Keep it Simple - Keep it Specific.  

Simple steps - but specific steps.  

The simplicity keeps the minutiae to a minimum and the specitivity keeps focus on the goal by giving direction to actionable steps.

So what are your Challenges?  Are they work related or just personal?  Do you want to only shoot with prime lenses instead of zoom?  Do you want to run your first marathon(I highly suggest this one)?  

Don't wait - Challenge yourself now.

In fact, I'm not just requesting you share your Challenges - I'm CHALLENGING YOU to share them.  

Love this brand, heed the slogan.
Do it, I dare you.  

Unless there is no challenge for you, you have done it all and are perfectly happy in your life right now.  If that is true, well I feel bad for you, we NEED Challenges to live.  

Or maybe you fear the Challenges ahead of you, the ones that are crucial in achieving what you desire.  

Hmmmm?  Possibly?

If you don't have the perfect life(what is that anyways?), or you are tired of making excuses to cover your fear of success or failure(or milk products), then heed my call and tell me what Challenges you, what you're going to stride towards to change your business/life/health/family - whatever.  

What is going to make 2012 different?

What is going to make 2012 the Year of Challenges for YOU?


Michael Carty
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