Photography class was part of the art program I attended in middle school. Before this class, photography to me was only about capturing birthdays and special events. What photography class taught me was that a photo could do more than capture a moment but instead, convey emotion and inspire.
Photography back then was very challenging but rewarding. Challenging because, during these analog days, I wasn’t sure what shot I got until the last stage of development. The process was complicated and time-intensive. Add to this that I only had twenty-four exposures, and every shot needed to count. These limitations required me to understand light, exposure, and composition thoroughly.
Considering all this, I was very selective about the photos I took. My selection process involved “seeing” the picture as developed. I had to learn how to translate all the colors I saw into black and white, as well as contrast and shadows. The reward came after taking the film back to the studio, and developing it to find what I had pictured was printed.
What all of this taught me was that we must do our best to have a clear picture of what we want to accomplish before taking action. We must also prepare in advance what it will take to make that vision a reality. When we do, we’ll get picture-perfect results.
What are your goals and how have you envisioned reaching them? Be real; be honest.
Create a plan of action on how you will start envisioning your goals and how they align with God’s will for you life. Be specific. Bonus: Share this with another man and have them hold you accountable.
Carlos F. Peña is first and foremost a faithful follower of Christ and a devoted husband and father. Professionally he is a CEO, CMO, certified executive, leadership and life coach, business consultant, author, and entrepreneur for various companies he owns and operates. Over the years, Carlos has served in multiple leadership roles in business and ministry. Carlos is President and CMO of Pumped®, Inc., a brand development and design firm, CEO of Led to Lead®, a leadership, career, and business coaching company, and the founder and creator of the FX3® program. In ministry, he currently serves as Director of Men's Small Groups at Christ Fellowship in Miami, FL, focusing on discipleship. Carlos considers it his life's mission to help men discover and challenge them to be the men God desires them to be.
To learn more about Carlos, visit https://carlosfpena.com