In the last installment of this series, part 4, we discussed the areas that you can control for when you are growing as a photographer, such as allocating time for your photography. We also touched upon the areas that are to a lesser degree within your control, such as other people.
Today we are digging further into the "controlled spectrum" with some thoughts on decision-making and consequences of our actions, or inactions. We will look into taking risks, and freedom as a foundation for creativity. We are also coming back to physical exercise for helping your creativity flourish.
Most things in your life can be brought under your control. I quite often experience that friends of mine first object to the idea that most things in their lives are actually controllable. After thinking it through though they tend to change their mind. We are in a given situation because of a certain, past decision, but we still can exert control. Events seldom "just happen" to us and are often the result of an earlier decision taken, or not.
Every day we make decisions and our actions, large or small have consequences. Even not making a decision will somehow influence our lives. A lot is being taught to leaders on consequences of their decisions, or at least there is plenty of learning material available. We, as photographers can pick up ideas from this and incorporate it into our photography.
One book on the topic is "The Science of Consequences: How They Affect Genes, Change the Brain, and Impact Our World" by Susan M. Schneider.
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