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8 Ways Cognitive Behavior Therapy Can Change Your Life or: How I Learned to Take One Photograph a Day for One Year

I love photography. It allows me to explore the world in a very different way from psychology.

However, for the past few years I’ve felt stuck. My photos all began to look the same. The composition was fine, but I didn't feel an emotional connection to my work. I realized that I needed to make big changes in my life in order to grow as a photographer.

One of my friends suggested I start a Project 365. The goal of the project is to create 1 photo every day for a year. Not only does this project challenge you to experiment with photography, it also helps you to become more aware of yourself and your surroundings.

From February 1st, 2010 through January 31st, 2011, I embarked on my own Project 365. What follows is an overview of how I used 8 strategies from cognitive behavior therapy to successfully take 365 photographs. The strategies I used were:

  1. Take an honest appraisal of your life.
  2. Create motivation.
  3. Educate yourself.
  4. Set clear and manageable goals.
  5. Track your behavior.
  6. Think realistically.
  7. Use friends and family.
  8. Capitalize on setbacks.

These strategies can be used by anyone who wants to make big changes in their life (e.g. learning to cook, training for a marathon, quitting smoking, overcoming phobias, changing careers, conquering procrastination, etc.).

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