When Drake said “I’m really too young to be feeling this old” in ‘Over’, I felt that.
Have you ever experienced those times when you feel old but then you come to your senses and realise you’re not as old as you think you are? Yeah, I’m talking about those days when you feel drowned in responsibility that you’ve forgotten what fun feels like. For the last couple of days of days (turned weeks now) I’ve been feeling like this. I feel like adulting has gotten to me now that some things in my life are pushing me to become a more responsible person.
I don’t think the added self-imposed pressure of having my stuff together helps neither. At times I just want to cut off the whole world and live the life of a monk in Thailand. But, there are so many things I want to do and places to travel. I’m only 22. I know I’m young and that there’s so much more to see in life. They say your 20’s is meant to be the best times of your life and honestly, I just want to experience that. I want more spontaneous outings, travel adventures and dinner dates like I see my peers enjoying. I think I need to stop taking things so seriously and live a little. Or live a lot, should I say. Not everything is black and white and I ought to make the most of what I have right now. I’d love to find people that get my circumstances and still want to do stuff with me. I recognise that I need to stop isolating myself when I’m going through stuff… that’s something I work on.
Being level-headed is important but life requires balance and enjoyment is part of that equation. I just need to do more of what excites me and stop using the smallest things like a “lack of money” stop me. There’s ways around everything… I guess the take away point is, you only live one (as Drake would also say) so I should do what I want to do and stop letting excuses stop me. 🤷🏾♀️
Social media is changing the way we communicate and the way we are perceived, both positively and negatively. Every time you post a photo or update your status, you are contributing to your own digital footprint and personal brand.
– Amy Jo Martin, author and speaker
As part of my 2018 intention to consume less and produce more in my creative work, I have taken a hiatus from social media for two months to review how I can use social media in a more effective way to promote my work, share the things that matter most and to push my business forward.
I believe it’s important to use social media effectively because it gives you an opportunity to show future employers and collaborators who you are and what you can offer. Our social media profiles can be used as a portfolio of work displaying our competencies. Our social media allows us to have impact and influence, even in our small corner of the internet. Don’t feel cringe about your early posts, starting out things will suck but it’s about building momentum and consistency to grow. Also, don’t be afraid to promote yourself heavy. We’re going for it in 2018!
The things we should be doing and posting online to promote our work and build our brands can range from:
- examples of our work
- progression of our work
- collaborating and engaging with others in your field
- storytelling by documenting the process
- sharing our thoughts and insights on industry trends discussing relevant ideas/solutions
- share our interests and desires that show off our personality
- create good relationships online
- demonstrate professionalism and “showing up” when it comes to approaching clients and delivering a service, email etiquette etc.
So what are some practical steps for sharing more of your work online?
KNOW YOUR INTENTIONS FOR YOUR WORK AND BUSINESS
For anyone who has a business, I’m sure the first piece of advice you heard was “You need to be online!”. Aside from your website, being on social will enable you to reach more people. So, why are you on social media? Are you trying to get sales, more clients, share your work and have it reach your target audience? Are you here to inspire and motivate others?
GET CLEAR ON YOUR INTENTIONS.
Write them down.
Always have your ‘why’ in the back of your mind in case you get off track.
When you know you’re intentions you will be focused. Having a focus means that you know your purpose and are more likely to achieve it, getting what you want out of social media. This way we have control over how we use socials rather than posting and scrolling with no aim.example, I recently uploaded this post to share an interview I did with author of Young Black Males Have Potential, Kevin Munga. I am able to share my work, therefore bringing more attention to my skills and provide value to others in the process.
FIGURE OUT WHICH PLATFORMS TO USE FOR YOUR INTENDED PURPOSE
Which platform works best for your intended purpose? Is it Facebook? Is it Twitter? Find out and test out its uses (check your analytics and engagement) and stick with the platforms that help you to share your message effectively. Remember, you don’t have to be on every single social media website – just the ones that work well for you.
SCHEDULE, POST AND SHARE
POST. Like actually do it. Post the stuff that you really want to share with the world – not what you think you ought to post. No one knows what you’re getting up to unless you tell them. A strategy is key here. Know what type of things you want to post – that will give anyone who comes across your page a clear idea of who you are, what you do and your values. Create a schedule for content you want to post and stay consistent with it.
Engaging is a big part of sharing effectively because if you engage, others are likely to interact with you, share your work too and promote it. Don’t overlook engagement because essentially people are pushing your work by sharing it and retweeting it etc. Be authentic with your support and approach. If it helps, join groups and communities where you can support each other and create and grow in a much bigger way than you can conceive!
REVIEW OUTCOMES AND RESULTS
What has your engagement been like over the last four weeks? Are more people engaging and contacting you? How are the stats and analytics? How do you feel about your work? What matters is putting your work out there consistently and getting better at each time from feedback. When you find what works for you stick at it and if it doesn’t work, try something new, stick with it and review again.
How do you use social media to promote your work? Have you ever really thought about the importance of your presence online? Share them with me in the comments below or if you thought these tips were helpful.
We’ve all had times in our lives when we have doubted our abilities. Whether it was due to fear, feeling inadequate or any other limiting false beliefs we acted upon at that moment. Have you ever reflected on those times? If so, how did it make you feel? Disappointed in yourself? Ashamed? Frustrated? Most likely you felt all of those feelings and then some.
Now think about times when you trusted your creativity. You trusted your gut and followed through, knowing that you could complete the task ahead. How did that feel? You made yourself and others proud by transforming an idea into something tangible. Even if you didn’t get the outcome you hoped for, you believed in yourself, took action and can say that you put your focus and energy into it.
As creative individuals, we always strive to improve our creations. Trusting our creative process allows us to:
- make progress, no matter how small those steps may be
- create bigger and better by escaping our comfort zones
- discover what we are truly capable of
- learn more effective methods of working
- see things from a different perspective, as Albert Einstein once said, “I never made one of my discoveries through the process of rational thinking”
- create things beyond our imagination
- make ourselves proud by taking action and achieving a goal
- become better problem solvers
- prove our capability
- serve and empower others to be their best selves
This is exactly why we should never suppress our creativity.
Suppressing our creativity greatly limits our potential to create and problem solve. It prohibits our ability to think outside the box. Even more detrimental, we deny ourselves, our unique DNA – the exact things that make us, us. The things that make us stand out from the next person in our business place or niche.
So don’t feel insecure if some else is doing a similar thing that you do. They can never do it like you. Doubt and hesitation have never served you. So why continue to do them? What’s worse? Fearing the opinion and reaction of others or regretting the opportunity to express your creativity and perhaps create your next money maker? You choose.
When in doubt, remind yourself of the endless possibles of tapping into your creativity. Below is an affirmation I use to remind myself of my great creative ability. Feel free to use this or create an affirmation tailored to you that will keep you aligned with your creative spirit.
I am a creative being. I was creatively made in the image of my Creator. God has given me the gifts and talents I need to create amazing things and essentially glorify Him. I will never doubt my creativity because I have a purpose to fulfil. I choose to push past doubt and create no matter how I feel because negative beliefs never serve me. No one else possesses the creative mind that I do. My ideas are valid. My ideas are worthy. My creative potential is yet to be displayed. There is space for me to flourish. I am only in competition with yesterday’s self. I will protect my creativity at all costs.