Let’s face it. Trying anything new or big feels scary. You don’t want to flop on your face. You don’t want to expose yourself, you’ve worked hard to build that brand. But as you and I both know, growth happens when you take a chance. When you decide that you need to step out of that comfort zone, when you’ve heard that niggling voice long enough to finally do something about it.
I’ve struggled, I must admit, to keep up a schedule of posts that strike a chord. I second guess myself still, wondering if the topics are worth mentioning. So much ground has been covered, the points need to be unique and deliver real value.
But as you and I both know, growth happens when you take a chance.
The truth is – talking about self development is about being on a journey, one that can feel almost like groundhog day, where you get tested on the same things over and over. Until such time you realise that these tests are there to move you and you will keep seeing them until you move. And so, I’ve struggled with coming up with a valid differentiating factor for this blog. It does not help that, in growing a business, I am pulled in many directions daily.
Until this point today.
I have rewritten my About page to update my change of focus. While I will continue to write about building habits, personal growth and execution of ideas, I feel that where I can best be of service is to write about what I know and do passionately every single day. Which is build and grow a business.
I just spoke last week with Marc Miller of Career Pivot, the author of Repurpose Your Career – Practical Guide for Baby Boomers. We had a marvelous conversation which is going to be the subject of an article in the November 2015 issue of Accelerate Magazine. But what I want to share with you is the idea of pivoting as Marc shared with me. The idea is that you don’t necessarily need to take huge 180 degree turns but merely smaller turns of direction. It’s a situation where you almost have one foot in the old and one in the new, enabling you to transition smoothly. It allows you to continue leveraging what expertise and skillls you have, while learning new things in the direction you want to take.
Which is what I am doing now.
So, it has to come to this – an admission that things didn’t work or perhaps didn’t go in the direction as I expected. Today, I read a super blog post on social media marketing. The post was entitled, We’ve lost nearly half our social referral traffic in the last 12 months. Written by Kevan Lee, content crafter at Buffer, it’s a post about how a company that has a product which helps people succeed on social media admits publicly how they have lost traffic and admit that they are unsure how they got there. That is amazing in today’s world to see such refreshing honesty. This could have been an internal discussion yet it was made public.
Think about what he’s saying for a minute…. and also, what he’s not saying.
It’s a post that speaks of energy, ambition, curiosity and a drive to get things right.
So, this is how I mark my change. I hope you will stay with me as I travel a new path, it’s exciting. Won’t you join me?
I run the Verticaldistinct.com platform and Accelerate Magazine. I now blog on the entrepreneurial journey, which will still include posts on mindfulness, growth and habits. I contribute posts regularly to Women of HR and post on LinkedIn. Check out Accelerate Magazine’s August 2015 issue – let me know what you think!