You’ve probably heard this before, but what does it actually mean to “make it”, and how do you know if you’ve accomplished that?
Let’s talk about the lies we hear first.
Raise your hand if you’ve ever thought this:
“If I travel more, then that’s when I know I’ll be successful.”
“If I have this many followers on instagram then I’ll know I’ve made it.”
“If I can get these many likes on my post then I’ll know I’ve made it.”
And the list goes on, but I think you know where I’m going with this.
Why do we do this to ourselves? We look at the wrong numbers and the wrong things to determine our success.
We start comparing ourselves to others and getting ourselves down because “we aren’t as successful as they are”… but how do we actually know how successful that photographer that you don’t know with 60 thousand followers is?
The truth is: your success doesn’t come from the amount you travel. Or the amount of followers you have.
Or the amount of likes you get.
That’s not how we should be defining how we’ve “made it”.
Can I first start by saying… that I’ve been doing this for 5 years, booking enough work to reach my goals but I STILL don’t know if I’ve made it yet. How do we define that?
Because the truth is… we tend to define this based on what we project onto someone else.
That person’s made it because of x.
Honestly, that’s not how we should be defining how we’ve “made it.”
So instead, I want you to think about these things when determining if you’ve “made it”.
- What goals have you set for your business, and how close are you to achieving those goals? Your goals should trump ANYTHING ELSE that tries to steal your attention for “making it”. Because your goals are different than that other photographer with 60 thousand instagram followers. Their success should be defined differently than yours. And also, I should say that your goals should be “to travel more” and “to get x amount of instagram followers. Because in reality, those are just surface level things for your business. What REALLY matters is the impact you are leaving, and the income that you can bring in for you and your family.
- What impact are you making on your clients, and how did you change their life or bless them? Are you giving them a one-of-a-kind experience that brings them joy, gives them life, shines your light? If you’re only in it for the income, then you’re going to run into problems with potentially unhappy clients and so on. Your heart REALLY needs to be in this business that you are running. And if it’s not, then maybe you should pursue something where your heart DOES lie. Because ultimately, the impacted experience that we give our clients is MATTERS MORE than the amount of followers we have on instagram.
I’ve unfortunately heard this too often, but truly if you’re looking at the amount you travel or the numbers like followers and likes to define whether or not you’ve “made it”, I think you’ll be quick to fall into disappointment. Because none of that will be fulfilling to you.
And even if you do hit that 10k number on Instagram, that doesn’t mean the comparison will go away, and it also doesn’t mean you won’t be striving now for 20k. As humans, we tend to sabotage ourselves this way. Like we need to get higher numbers and affirmation to prove that we’re worthy.
The truth is, you ARE worthy. Do not define whether or not you’ve “made it” on silly numbers that don’t mean much. Focus instead on what matters most with what you’re doing, and I promise you, you’ll begin to realize just how important the work you’re doing is and how you actually have “made it.”