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
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.
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.
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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