How often are you meeting up with your friends in person? And how much time are you scrolling social media? The reality is scary. The time spent on our phones is only increasing. Instead of trying to resist what is happening in today's culture, embrace it. Spending the majority of your time passively watching other peoples lives, leads to comparing. Don't just consume; share and engage in order to connect.
1. Share who you are.
Old friends you haven’t stayed in touch with (and potential new ones!) would love to know what you are up to, what are your goals, what are you working towards. You never know who could potentially help you, or who may be doing something similar, and will reach out to you so you can support each other. You’ll often see this with weight loss, everyone loves finding support in someone else going through something similar. Share to see what doors may open, what connections can be formed and what possibilities it could lead to.
2. Get comfortable being in front of the camera.
This hasn’t come easy to me, it has been a journey. I've always gravitated to the back row, the background in photos, and can often be found wearing black to blend in.. But with big dreams and goals, I had no option but to step into the fear and into the spotlight. Through the process I was able to let go of so many insecurities. I can’t tell you how many people I have talked to that are holding back from going after their dream job, trying online dating or starting an online business because they fear putting themselves on display to be judged. If I can do it having gone through this experience, you can too.
Wouldn’t it be a shame to let something like fear of judgement, stop you from ever trying something you really want to do?
The truth: very few people will ever take the time to judge you, they are too busy worrying about themselves and how others are judging them. See how ridiculous this is? Lets just all get comfortable with being seen, one step at a time, one post at a time.
Even if you don’t have an online business, I believe everyone should get in front of the camera. You will learn so much through the process. Imagine the confidence and power you can cultivate by letting go of your insecurities and let nothing hold you back!?
3. Create, consume and connect.
Like I said before, social media is a great place to connect with like minded individuals, meet new friends or contacts. I just moved to Ottawa, and within the first week I started following and engaging with people that live here. All it takes is reading someones post and sharing a thought or a compliment, which could potentially lead to the start of an online relationship/friendship and from there- real life connection!
People often report feeling more alone than ever with the rise in social media: engagement makes you feel less alone and more like you are part of a community. Use your creativity with your hobbies and have some fun creating, you never know what it could lead to. Love taking photos? Start an instagram page to share. Love baking? Why not use snapchat to show some videos of you baking in your kitchen. Are you into motivation? Why don't you start a facebook page sharing articles and videos you love.
4. Look at your social media like you are building a personal brand.
This can excite some and terrify others. Regardless of what you do, you yourself showcase a personal brand. We all have different platforms to display who we are. Don’t think social media matters? A picture is worth a thousands words. Whether you like it or not you are building a personal brand with every post and picture. What message are you giving to the world? Time on social media is only rising. It is undeniably the way of the future. Use it in a way the uplifts you, rather than consumes you and leaves you feeling down on yourself. Follow people you would surround yourself with in real life and make you feel good!
Everyone has gifts, a point of view, an experience or a story that needs to be shared. By actively sharing you will feel less alone, and more connected. At the end of the day, social media was created for you to use it to CONNECT. Too many people are over consuming other peoples lives without sharing their own. Staying quiet is doing yourself a disservice. Yes you may be judged, but you will also be heard and give people a chance to connect with you.
The more connection you have in your life, the more possibilities you will create for yourself!
If you are wanting to start a personal brand or wanting to grow an online passion based business: