Problems Are NOT Stop Signs; They Are Guidelines

I often get asked; Christina, how did you get to where you are today?

To be honest, I went through a ton of fears, uncertainties, setbacks, struggles, and failures!

The road to achieving a worthwhile goal is rarely paved with lavender and confetti. Nope, it’s more like big rocks and huge walls to climb. 

In order to make it and create your dream life, you got to trust that all the struggles and challenges are not there to STOP you!

Setbacks are NOT a sign that you’re e not good enough!

Frustration, insecurity, rejection, and fear are not signs that you should give up on your dream. They are signs that you are on the right path.

Climb those walls. Move those rocks. Bring your own confetti because you’re going to need it.

I think when we’re willing to say “it is totally normal to be afraid of messing up, it’s totally normal to fail” then failing no longer seems as scary. Acknowledging this feeling is what can push us to try something we wouldn’t normally do.

And if we can take it one step further and realize that our failures can teach us so much more than our successes – that is when we can truly discover the joy and freedom of living life to the fullest. That’s when we’re able to create freely.

If there’s one thing I’ve learned on my entrepreneurial journey, it’s that every day you don’t cheer on yourself and trust your own strength is a sad day. It’s like ignoring and disrespecting all your superpowers and resources.

So when you’re berating yourself or freezing up in fear, take a moment and breathe, shake it off….

Take a moment to give yourself a little bit of grace. Take a moment and recognize all your efforts. 

When you acknowledge that it’s okay to be afraid everything gets easier. And then fear is no longer a bad sign, but a feeling you recognize when you’re about to do something great!

Don’t wait for the right moment; don’t wait for things to get easy. Easy will not take you to the top! Easy will not get you the results you desire. YOU can do this! You can make it. But it all starts with you trusting you! 

About Christina Greve

Christina Greve is an experienced Photographer, Educator & Mindset Coach with a passion for flowers, decorating & country living. She's the founder of The Lifestyle Photography Academy + The Empowered Creative Show. She provides tools, education and inspiration designed to help multi-passionate women, artists and creative souls find direction, push through self-doubt + make a living doing what they LOVE.She is known for her elegant storytelling photography and draws much of her inspiration from the Nordic countryside, travels, food and still life.Her work has been featured in numerous magazines, blogs and books worldwide. After a decade of working with psychology, Christina's passion for photography evolved into a full-time photography and coaching business.Today she runs a thriving + fast-growing international empire specializing in professional online training, motivating and engaging female photographers, designers, bloggers, makers and creatives. She has coached thousands of fabulous women from more than 40+ countries.With her Podcast "The Empowered Creative," her popular Instagram posts, and quickly sold-out workshops, Christina has become the go-to person for many creatives seeking like-minded sisterhood, real support and heartfelt encouragement.