“You can’t find your voice if you don’t use it.”
I’m designating today Random Wednesday. Mostly because I’ve run across some great things lately that I just HAD to share.
First, don’t you just love serendipity?
You think a thing, and the next thing you know something to help with the thing lands in your lap.
I’m the queen of flying under the radar and last week I thought I’d like to be more visible as a coach and transformational leader.
To that end, I decided to step up my game on social media, namely Facebook for business stuff and Instagram for personal, behind the scenes peeks at paper mache mask-making and other creative, and sometimes embarrassing, endeavors. (Halloween alert!)
But the thought of the work that goes into posting regularly still makes me think I need an army of minions to help.
This article landed in my lap! How to Manage Your Social Media in Three Simple Steps is a good place to start if you’re still working out your own social media strategy.
Second, have you ever hit the wall in your business?
Gone into hibernation? Hit a dip in the road that was more like the Grand Canyon when it came to climbing out?
I felt that way last week when I got home from HMBA Live in San Diego. I was excited about the new information, but worn out from the overload and struggled to get going again.
Then someone sent me this article from Zen Habits, Pushing Past the Terrifying Dip in Motivation. It reminded me how and why I started this journey in the first place. And motivated me to restart my engine.
Third, Learning to Love Criticism
Learning to Love Criticism, an op-ed piece in the NY Times, by Tara Mohr, opened my eyes to why women in particular have this urge to “play nice” (and why we are often criticized harshly when we stand up for ourselves).
It speaks to the deep work we do in Transformational Coaching, which is looking for the ways we stay stuck because of our need to maintain a sense of love, safety and belonging. She doesn’t talk about how to transform the old patterns. That’s what I help with!!
Finally, back to the social media thing.
There’s a bookstore in New Hampshire I love to visit when we go. This year, this book called to me—Show Your Work: 10 Ways to Share Your Creativity and Get Discovered by Austin Kleon.
He speaks to artists, and I love that he considers entrepreneurs to be artists, too.
We’re all in this creative thing together.
He makes a case for sharing something small every day and says, “By letting go of our egos and sharing our process, we allow for the possibility of people having an ongoing connection with us and our work, which helps us move more of our product.”
Plus, he gives us permission to make mistakes and look ridiculous in public. Like sharing a cute video of a singing parrot on Instagram. The singing made it cute. But Instagram is SILENT. Oops.
So here she is on YouTube, in full parrot serenading glory. Enjoy.
Have you run across anything helpful, inspirational or entertaining lately that you would like us to know about? Or is there a small piece of your work that you’d let us take a peek at? I’d love it if you left a comment, and a link, below and pointed us to something awesome!