January 26, 2014#

Have you created a Clear Vision for 2014

A lot of people ask me about The Secret. I read it when it first came out but I don’t quote it or recommend it because there are other books that had a more profound effect on me like Wallace Wattles ‘The Science of getting Rich’ But I guess people associate The Secret with me because I talk a lot about Clear Vision. So today’s blog is all about how I make things happen. I built my business on this quote:

“What we vividly imagine, ardently desire, enthusiastically act upon, must inevitably come to pass.” Colin P Sisson

I believe what you think becomes true. I believe what we focus on becomes our reality in fact I have seen it in practice over and over again. I believe in forming a Clear Vision and taking action towards that everyday. It is to me ‘The state in which you dwell’ spend all your energy thinking about debt and you create more. Manifesting is such a nebulous word so is visualizing I prefer Goal Setting. I don’t create a ‘Vision Board’ I create a THIS IS WHAT I WANT board then I set about putting it in to action every day.

Stress is so physical you become sick with worry you attract more. Start to think of creative ways to get out of it and you create more ways and so on. So easy to say once your are on the other side. But trust me I used to walk up to my letterbox with so much fear and pain in my gut knowing there was debt collection and bills I could not pay.

How I changed my thinking and got out of debt. I added up all my debt my living expenses and my bulging visa and worked out I needed to make 1400 dollars per week to pay it off get out of trouble and start living a life. At the time I was earning about $400 per week and paying the minimum on everything. There was no option to earn more in my job so I got a part time job and was earning $13 an hour getting nowhere even faster. So I had to seek self employment it was through this time that I learned about valuing my self.

I read a quote by John de Martini to convert your debt into service. When you work from an energy of service you are giving. When you are working from an energy of scarcity you are taking. Trust me giving attracts a lot more. I converted my debt into service. I was making $400 on my shoots at the time. I needed to book three to four shoots per week or three shoots and some retouching tuition. I went home that night designed a retouching card and printed it on art paper. Then I went to a photographic event asked them if I could do a free presentation on photoshop and gave every photographer my card. I then printed a gift voucher for a shoot and started to call every shoot I had ever done and asked them to recommend me to a friend and would they like another shoot. This both horrified me and made me physically sick people said no and I cried then people said yes and I got more work.

In other words instead of freaking out about having no money and trying to find money I just focused all my energy on booking three shoots and some retouching. I focused all my energy on giving service to others. That was my only focus three shoots and retouching. I put signs everywhere in my office

THIS IS WHAT I WANT! THREE SHOOTS and 5 hours retouching training. Within 4 months I had my first savings. Sounds kind of like a fairy tale but it isn’t. It’s so real.

Draw up an I Want/My Goals board today. Make it clear. Don’t make goals for money. Make goals for service. Read it everyday. Do something everyday to work towards it. Do not be afraid to write exactly what you want.

Nothing freaks me out more than this image. I put this on my I Want/Goals ‘A warehouse studio to train photographers’ when I walked on to the set of creativeLIVE three years later and took this picture I nearly fell over backwards. My Goals are set and they do come to fruition.

Sue Bryce Dream Big

Here’s another tip that really works. Speak your truth. In a time of great struggle I wrote down “I hate marketing and selling my work” I really did I HATED IT, it gave me serious anxiety and feelings of rejection. Tell friends tell a business coach free yourself of excuses that are holding you back come out of the failure closet speak out and find a solution. You see no longer could I make the same lame excuses its the economy others were flourishing but not me. It was me and I had to change it and I did and so can you. I had two choices get in a situation where someone was doing it for me or confront my fears and blocks.

Wanting something is one thing. Taking action towards it is a different story. Keep gratitude in your mind always. Do one thing everyday to support your Want/Goals list and lastly applied faith. Know you are worth the life you dream of and let it happen. Get out of your own way. Strive for what you really want. When you write down what you want and set it in your mind your blocks will come up fast and they will be very obvious thats what you embrace and fix as soon as you can.


  1. Oh my God! I always read your posts but don’t always leave a comment. However this one….this one is just what I needed tonight. This is spot on for me today. You don’t know how many times I have sat down at my computer today to work or to “Figure out” what it is I need to do but haven’t been able to focus…too much self doubt, too much worry.
    You always seem to know when to show up with just the right words of encouragement! Thank you Sue

  2. Thank you so much Sue! I really loved reading this. This is exactly me..;) I seem to make excuses for why not and I should focus on why ‘yes’. Thanks a million and all the best to you! You are my great inspiration.

  3. Arigato! This is just what I needed to get back into to gear! I appreciate you and your journey. God Bless Sue Bryce! You are truly helping a lot if people on many different levels. I am included. Marketing has been my issue for sometime now. No longer am I going to sit on the sidelines.

  4. Thank you Sue for writing this. I am a mother, wife, daughter and an artist. I am also, and it pains me to say it, a breast cancer survivor. I know, I’m happy I am a survivor please do not get me wrong. We just relocated from Alaska to Texas so that we were sure I was receiving the best medical possible. I was struggling to get a client base here. This town is saturated with “new” cheap photographers. So, I love to photograph women, I always photograph any cancer patient for free. That is nothing new and something I have done for a while. I’m cool with that. I’m good with giving that service away for free. Was I wasn’t cool with was not finding a job. I’ve filled out lots of apps and received no response. SO, with that being said I launched my own travel website. I decided I will create ART, travel the state, act like a tourist and write about and photograph the beautiful people I meet. If I can’t find a job I will make my own job. Thank you, for posting about your juicing it got me back on track with my health. Thank you for always posting what I need to hear when I need to hear. Mostly though, Thank you for being your own beautiful self. I wish I could afford the trip to see you in Utah…..maybe next year lady, I will shake your hand.

  5. For me, that was my favourite post I’ve ever read of yours. Thanks.

  6. How strange that you should post this now. About 4 or 5 months ago I took you advice, after watching CreativeLive and wrote down that I wanted my own studio, then I set about telling people. I work 30 hours a week as an administrator and for the last 8 years have gently drifted along doing wedding photography, which I love. However at the beginning of January I decided that, having paid off the majority of the debt that I had been stupid enough to build up, it was time to move forward. Top of my list was securing a (very) affordable studio space and it’s amazing what being focused can do! I have now found a room in a beautiful old house and have negotiated a good rent for the first 3 months and just need to confirm I wish to go ahead. So why am I lying awake at stupid o’clock in the morning wondering if I’m about to make a huge mistake and that I should probably just forget it all! Thank you for the reminder that goal setting is where this all started and is what I should use to move forward.

  7. Love you Sue Bryce. Your words always hit home :) Keep being the awesome woman you are!

  8. Similar literature: Napoleon Hill, Think and grow rich; Vadim Zeland, Transurfing.

  9. This is the exact advice I needed to hear at the beginning of a new year. Thank you so much. It’s funny because several weeks ago I had written a list of how many of each type of session I wanted to do for the year to be happy with how I am doing and with my business. And with your words of encouragement, I am really hoping/planning for this to be my most successful year yet. Thanks again. :)

  10. Thank YOU. I needed this reminder today.

  11. I’m literally sat watching the Secret right now and you posted about this blog! Great post! After learning about the secret a couple of days ago I’ve created my own ‘what I want’ board and I’ve shifted my attitude to being positive instead of negative and it feels great! I suddenly feel so great about the future I know is going to come to be because I truly believe it will :)

  12. YES YES YES!!!! Thank you so much Sue for being so authentic & transparent. You continue to encourage & inspire me to reach for more. Not is settle. It’s scary. I’m still working on moving those “blocks” out of my life. Thank you !!!

  13. What’s so cool is that, lately, I’ve been thinking like this — don’t think of it as having to make money; instead, think of it as providing a service. And *poof!* Up pops a blog from Sue about the very thing I’ve been focusing on. Whaddayaknow . . . I’m thinking like Sue :) Just need to get more bums in seats now. Thank you, Sue, for your continued inspiration.

  14. OMGoodness!!!!!!
    That is the BEST blog (from anyone!!), that I have read in AGES!!!

    Thank you Sue :)

  15. “Get out of y0ur own way”. Sue, you are so right!!

  16. Thanks, Sue!

  17. SUE!!! What amazing timing…I just hit publish on the very first post on my brand new photography blog!! You have been the greatest source of inspiration. I have turned my greatest weakness, having little time as a stay at home mother of three children five and under, and turned it into my greatest strength, encouraging other mothers to value themselves and exist in photographs!! After watching 28 days, I’ve decided to face the paralyzing fear of failing and create a CLEAR VISION and action steps to accomplish and achieve my dreams of serving others through photography!! As always, much love and gratitude, MARA

  18. Sue, what do you mean by service?

  19. Thanks Sue :) Just what I needed to see today!

  20. This is an excellent article, Sue, something to save and read several times during each month! You do manifest what comes to you…think it will never happen…it won’t! Dream, hope, believe and it will, and hang onto those positive thoughts, those are the ones that will get you through, and most important, believe in yourself! I sometimes forget this Sue, but I’m saving this to read everyday, and in 21 days it will be a habit! Thank you!

  21. What an inspiration and a true story to motivate anyboy who wants to go out there and get what they want. I find myself in the same boat financially with what seems like a mountain to climb, im also a full time mature student in the University of South Wales, uk and im also in the process of trying to find some paid photographic work. So the ideas i have read that worked for you i will be using to push myself to the next level. Thanks so much for being so honest and open.
    I love your work and what you do and as an aspiring photographer i will be looking to produce the kind of work you do as its such inspirational work.

  22. Believe it or not, my heart aches right now. I feel as if you were speaking directly to me. There is so much in there that sounds like me and what I’m going through. The worst part about it is that I am really shy…but that’s only an excuse…I could, honestly, think up a million excuses as to why I haven’t made it … but I know I just need to get over it and visualize my dreams/goals.

    Thank you for the motivation!

  23. thank you, THANK YOU Sue! You have always been such an inspiration to me and this is EXACTLY what I needed to hear today to get my butt into gear! Thank you!

  24. I needed this so badly! Thank you Sue! I’m off to create my own board and start fighting <3

  25. I totally agree with your post! I’ve been writing goals down for the last few years and so many things happened in such a short time!! You are an inspiration Sue!

  26. Thank You Sue! What a great time for me to read this post! I am working through my blocks right now trying to understand WHY I get in my way….I am finding excuses! Like Ricio in a previous post, I am shy and use it to stay in my ‘safe place’…I WILL break through that. And…Talk about a paradigm shift….provide a service instead of thinking of this gift as a way to make money…You’re changing so many lives with your words and work…Thank You again Sue!

  27. Think I’m going to have to re watch the 28days with Sue Bryce on Creative again.

  28. Thank you my dear friend for supporting me.

  29. Much love and gratitude to you for sharing your personal experience. I just discovered you today and found this post. I really needed to see this. Thank you.

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