positive thoughts.

Mary Dougherty

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Having been a runner for many years I’ve learned a lot of lessons through the sport. There have been experiences that have taught me more about life than anything else, that have shaped who I am and how I approach what I do. It has become an integral part of me, and while I’m not racing regularly like I did back in school, it’s still a part of my every day life. One of the lessons that made the biggest impact in my running, and the rest of my life in general, was how to think positively.

Yes, it sounds incredibly simple, and yet when you walk up to that line and crouch down waiting for the gun to go off, there are likely hundreds of doubts filling your head. What if I fail? I’m afraid of what will happen. I can’t do this. I don’t want it to hurt. You have choice to change what you’re thinking even before you step to that line.

In life, it works the same way. First you have the choice to even pursue something or sign up for the race in the first place. Once you commit to doing it, your thoughts and attitude are going to directly affect your performance.

As a photographer, I have found many opportunities to doubt myself. I remember when I first started my business and felt like everywhere I turned was another person also starting a business. I spent time looking through their work, comparing myself and getting distracted – something I still occasionally slip in to. If I had thought back to my running I would have remembered that I can only control what I do, how I train and what I’m thinking. When you step to the line you are either ready or you’re not. Despite that fact, in a race, you are only going to run your best with people around you. In life – and as a photographer – we can all benefit from encouraging, supporting and keeping each other accountable. So stop those negative thoughts (and I will too) and start to think positively.

If you think you can do a thing or think you can’t do a thing, you’re right. – Henry Ford

ps thanks so much Tierney for second shooting with me + for this behind the scenes shot!

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