Visualize Your Highest Self & Start Showing Up As Her!
This is something I have to continue to remind myself daily,what about you?!?! While on my journey to grow as a content creator and blogger I’ve learned so much in just a short 8 months. While building a brand is nothing new to me, the work, strategies, and the rapid growth in social media platforms is a lot different now then it was in 2012. There are so many people doing or desiring to do the very same thing that I’m doing and regardless of the amount of followers, its plenty of them doing 10 times better than I am. What makes me different? Why should people read my blog? Why should people engage on my posts, or even follow me? I found myself in a whirlwind of the question “why” and decided that I needed to start asking “why not me”!
Too many of us our reactive to those around us. We only show up when there are people there to witness what we do, but when nobody is around and it’s just us all alone depending on ourselves to be great, we struggle. Our mindset and discipline is so important in this life. If you can’t cope with being on your own, moving forward when it seems like everyone else is trailing behind, you’re going to struggle. One of my good friends Victoria and I always have conversations about our growth and attempting to figure out the best way to see some results. Honestly, I have services that I offer and I haven’t even promoted them because of some underlying fear that no one would want to utilize my services. “I only have 2,724 followers and just got started blogging in November what could I possibly have to offer? It’s me I’m talking about, and I’m sure that many of you reading this have felt this same exact way about yourselves and your passions.
I recently listened to Stephanie Ike, Assistant Pastor at The Potter’s House OneLAxDenver titled “Are you willing to lose?” It was so good check it out you won’t regret it! Anyways, in her sermon, Pastor Stephanie made reference to why people have fear. “For God has not given us a spirit of fear but of power, love, and a sound mind” 2 Timothy 1:7. So, since we know that fear doesn’t come from God we are left to believe that there is another outsource that fear comes from. Most of the time its fear of people and their opinions. We put up fronts for people,we pretend for people, and we bend for people. You see, we find ourselves skeptical of our gifts because we place our value in other people and their perceptions of us. I’m sure when you’re at home going over a speech, practicing for a try-out of some sort, or planning content you’re so confident in what you have to offer because it’s just you but, the moment that we press submit,publish, or upload and the engagement isn’t what we expected for it to be we're disappointed or some of us may take it down because only “10” people liked it.
You guys! We have to start showing up for ourselves! I have to start showing up for myself! Our ability to create should not be defined by the amount of people who like it. The goals should be to create, to write, to draw WHATEVER you believe that God has tasked your hands to do. Are you willing to give up the crowd you think you need for the people that you’re called too?God doesn’t call the qualified, he qualifies the called. It is important that you appreciate yourself, understand how amazing you are, create regardless of the response, and trust the process. There’s no Progress without a Process!Learning to be your own motivation and to be able to push yourself, even when nobody is watching is essential to your personal success. Oh, and give yourself a round of applause every now and then. You deserve it!