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Experiment to Get Out of Your Ruts

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You can change your opinion, and your approach.  Sounds obvious, doesn’t it?  But, if you’re like me, you might get stuck in a rut sometimes, or hung up on a limiting belief.  Then it’s easy to just go along with the status quo.

One example from my life is Facebook.  I like Facebook because all my friends from around the world are there.  I love the Always Well Within Facebook page because I enjoy sharing goodness.

But, I posted inconsistently on my page.  I just stumbled along without knowing how to maximize my exposure, which honestly speaking is the whole point of a Facebook page.  I was even known to make derisive comments about the abundance of images with inspirational sayings when they first flooded our Facebook streams.  I feared the world had forgotten how to communicate in sentences, a concern that isn’t totally unjustified.

Embrace a Bigger Vision

Then I ran into a post by Joshua Becker from Becoming Minimalist called Why and How I Use Social Media and the lights went on.  I admire Joshua Becker because he has a huge vision, which he expresses unabashedly.  He says,

“Living with less quickly became a passion for my own life. But additionally, a passion was growing in my heart to spread the message of minimalism in a world bound to consumerism—to become one voice calling people to buy less when every other advertisement was calling them to buy more.”

I would like embrace a big vision too, but I hesitate.  I worry about being too pushy or too promotional. I don’t like in-your-face marketing, and I assume it turns everyone else off too.

In Becker’s case, it’s the power of his message that attracts people, not sleazy marketing techniques or the lure of free material.  I’m gradually learning that there’s a difference between selling someone and selling something.  So I know it’s possible to be a genuine person, get your message out there, and make an income too, but I’m always wondering how to navigate this fine line gracefully.

Becker explains his approach to Facebook succinctly,

“Month after month, Facebook accounts for more visitors to Becoming Minimalist than any other website. With over 1.1 billion open accounts and 650+ million people visiting the site each day, the traffic noticing your message changes every single day, often times with just a split-second to make an impression. I post to the Becoming Minimalist Facebook page 2-3X/day always 8-12 hours apart. The posts are a combination of inspirational images, popular old posts, and new blog entries. My desire is to use the platform to introduce as many as possible to a new life of living with less.”

See how he concludes this paragraph with his big vision again?  I love his style.

The Facebook Experiment

So I decided to try Becker’s approach on the Always Well Within Facebook page for 30 days.  I also studied the elegant style of the Prolific Living Facebook page, offered by Farnoosh Brock.

The results were lovely, positive, and comical at times.  On the lovely side, I connected with my friends more, which was fun and heartwarming.  I also supported them more, which felt so rewarding. I made new acquaintances, and felt closer to the people who support my work.

On the comical side, at first, I experienced smashing success.  No kidding, my reach multiplied by 10 times after a few weeks.  But, apparently, it was beginner’s luck.  Just as quickly as it went up, it dived back down.

I noticed a pattern on Facebook.  When your reach increases one week, it seems to decrease the next week.  There seems to be a punishment cycle in place!  This might just be my imagination, or it might be the way that your reach depends on so many interdependent variables, including Facebook’s mysterious algorithms.

Nevertheless, I’m reaching and, I hope, touching more people in a meaningful way than before the experiment.

Dream in Dream Poe

Interestingly, I discovered that I love placing inspirational words on beautiful images or backgrounds, and sharing them with others.  I find it both healing and uplifting for myself, and it seems to inspire others in the same way.  I also enjoy revisiting my previous posts, extracting the essence, and sharing that with a link and photo-message as well.

Actively Experiment

As Einstein said, insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and getting the same results. The main thing I learned from my Facebook experiment is to actively experiment.  You never know until you try.  It’s always good to ask, “Is there something new or different I can try today?”

Inspired by Joshua Becker, I also feel more aligned with my passion, and less hesitant about wishing to spread my message far and wide.  It’s not “my” message anyway, it’s the wisdom of the ages.  And, it’s really not about the numbers from an ego-perspective, but more a wish to relieve people of their suffering in some way, and help them discover their true potential.

I have a secret vision so lets get it out of the bag.  I’d like to create and offer more e-courses, and even write a book.  Like Joshua, I’d like to follow my passion and have it turn into my income too, while simultaneously helping others find more happiness and freedom.

I found the Facebook experiment so worthwhile because it shook me out of a rut.  I’m continuing to consistently share inspiration, beauty, and compelling questions on the Always Well Within Facebook page.  I would love for you to join me there.

Is there some area of your life where you are doing the same old thing?  Why not break out of the old pattern with a new experiment?  And, if you have a secret vision, we would love to hear it!

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11 Comments

  1. I’m totally with you on this one Sandra…in fact I wrote about it myself recently. Funny how viewing life from an entirely different perspective we can be on the same page so often.

    Must be that all roads lead to Rome syndrome.

    There is no wrong way.

    Love your FB experiment. I haven’t created a page for my blog yet, keep putting it off, but my personal site is always filled with beautiful thoughts and ideas and if I see any that aren’t in harmony with that, I just move them out of the feed. So it’s always a pleasure to visit.

    Can’t wait to read the book!

    • I love being in synchronicity with you, Elle. And I agree, so much depends on our perception! I’m delighted to see that you find so much inspiration on your personal site. Maybe the FB page isn’t needed! My mind is clicking on the book. Thanks for the encouragement.

  2. Love the feel of experimenting Sandra, and now you’ve intrigued me to create my own, both for Facebook and my blog!

  3. Love it, Sandra! I used to try and have a directed approach to Facebook, but found that I didn’t enjoy it all that much. So now I just have fun on my page, if you could call that an approach at all. I think the trick is just to be yourself and enjoy it, whatever that might entail. Go for it! 🙂

  4. I appreciate your perspective and those of others in the comments. I do have a FB page for the 10 Steps. This year, I’ve posted something on it every day in a series titled “Living in Your Happy Place Every Day.” That series will end at the end of October.

    I have had a few FB posts that attracted thousands, but most are quite modest. In the last week, just as you said, it has gone down after a more successful week last week. FB mysteries!

    Anyway, I still don’t use FB very much, but like Jennifer said, I do as much as is fun.

    Thanks for getting my thinking juices flowing about this.

    • Hi Galen,

      Wow, that’s incredible that you’ve had a few FB posts that have attracted thousands! I’m not totally surprised though as you page shares such wonderful wisdom and is so beautiful too. Interesting that you experience these fluctuations as well. Thanks for sharing your experience on FB. We can all learn together, and keep having fun too.

      • I know, I was floored myself. It has just happened two or three times. One post got over 4,000. A couple of others were over 2,000. But most of my posts get less than 100. I can’t explain it. (Thanks for the kind words.)

  5. Hi Sandra – thanks for sharing your experiences with Facebook which sometimes I feel like shutting down all together because often people use it to post their highlight reels instead of regular life 🙂 So we see the very best of what everyone is doing but not the struggles and the challenges we all face. As far as posting myself, I still haven’t thought about it in any strategic sense, I share the pictures and quotes which resonate with me. And enjoy reading inspiration and posts that others share on FB.

    Blogging has been my other experimental journey. Never know what works and what doesn’t. It’s all trial and error. One day, I had this idea of adding a lot of widgets and the rest. Then I’m reminded regularly by the simplicity of Leo’s blog to not worry so much about the design and features and instead focus on the content and quality of the posts.

    You’re right though, experimentation can break old patterns. If something isn’t working, try something else for a bit right:) ?

    • Dear Vishnu,

      This is so true about the “highlight reels”. It seems the research shows that spending too much time on Facebook can actually lower your self-esteem exactly for that reason! It seems many of us have a strong tendency to compare ourselves to others so, of course, they are look like starlets!

      It’s all a huge experiment, isn’t it? It’s ironic that one blogger with a load full of widgets might be a huge success and then there’s Leo with his simple approach who had broken ever blogging record imaginable. We all need to find our own way.

      I agree, if something isn’t working, try something new!

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