Preparing to Win

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Preparing to Win • Article by Alister Benn
The will to succeed can be the difference between a good image and an amazing one, but how do we maintain that willpower? Alister Benn provides some advice about keeping a fresh perspective

One thing is constant in all the articles I read about people I admire – musicians, artists, athletes, ambassadors of industry – their greatness has required huge effort, failures and sacrifices.

When I set my personal bar for achievement, I set it high, for as I say to our workshop participants: average is easy. At the same time, however, performing at your maximum level all the time is unrealistic and will ultimately lead to burn out, disillusionment and frustration. Over the years I have developed a strategy that has served me well, allowing for periods of reflection, self-development and a release from the constant pressure to produce. “The more you know, the more luck you will have” — Confucius, 500BC.

You are reading this in November, but due to my busy autumn schedule and pre-publication deadlines, I am writing it in August. The Olympic Games are drawing to a close and Scotland is enjoying a glorious spell of weather. At the end of our spring season we wrapped up in Tibet at Everest Base Camp, having made some incredible journeys, but I was ready for a break from making images. Once home on the Isle of Skye we set about landscaping the garden and various domestic chores that needed doing, but as the heather bloomed and the bracken began to turn, I knew it was time to start warming up the engine again. A pre-season training session that for me lasts about a month.

Spending roughly 40 weeks of the year in the field allows me plenty of image-making, but time off is rare...

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