Nothing is ever gained without an element of risk. If we wait for the perfect conditions they may never come.
I am so excited about the future; as we bring 2013 to a close and push into a new year, I’m already thinking about what kind of things I would like to see in my life, in 2014. I wonder if you’ve started thinking about next year, or if you are currently focussed on the current project, or moment in time. Whilst it’s good to be able to live in the present, I also believe it’s good to have one eye on your dream, and be working daily towards achieving success in both.
There is so much opportunity, but living in London it’s easy to become consumed with ‘chasing ones tail’ so to speak, and filling time with everything and anything. I’m now learning to spot the trend and excuses that have kept me from fulfilling some of my goals, and I’m glad to be sharing this thought with you today that will hopefully help you avoid similar pitt holes.
1. Never dwell on the past – simply learn from your mistakes, and make the adjustments. If you’ve taken something on that has overwhelmed you, or hasn’t turned out quite as you expected, then see it as a learning curve and move on.
The greatest failure is the one who experiences a fall, but never gets back up.
2. Live with your purpose in mind – It’s way too easy to become consumed by all kinds of useless facts. Living with your dream, or vision in mind, I believe, is the key to achieving.
“A man without a vision is a man without a future. A man without a future will always return to his past.”
3. Value time – This links in with the previous to points, but I find that I need to be reminded of this often. We have enough time to do what we need to do, but we also have ample opportunity to get distracted and to waste the time that we have. It’s important to take time to think about what we’re spending our time on, who with, and where it’s leading us.
Time is a currency that we can’t exchange, so spend it wisely.
Need some encouragement to pursue a dream, or to keep on going when it looks like it’s not happening? This is one of my all time favs. Dug it out this morning, and now I’m sharing with you. I dare you to move, and click play!! #letsmaketodaycount
Some cheesy inspiration from an old classic. If you read any of my posts you will know that I like to challenge us to think big. In light of my recent relocation I am reminded by this wonderful clip that we can be anything we want to be, and that we will be remembered for the things that we say and do. What do you want to be remembered as, and what do you want to be remembered for?
When you are a misfit, like me, working in social media and the marketing industry is perfect. I’ve wrote a novel on this exact subject, so I feel that I can write a blog post about it now too. As I prepare myself for an amazing opportunity this week, I just thought I’d share my very own prep talk as it could apply to you, your team, or your business. You never know…
Thought(s) to self;
- My role is in essence to be the ears and the eyes of the company
- To carry the voice and heart of the company through-out social media platforms
- To create, express and increase interest through the written word
- To monitor, adapt and change according to the needs of the community within company policy.
- To touch the heart, and engage the minds of the community that already exists, whilst inspiring others to join.
That’s what a good community manager does; It just came to me like a bolt out of the sky. We are called to be use our very own personalities, which usually have some social capacity, drive, and an understanding of how business and communication work together. I love how one creative agency described the use of their business as a new way to tell a story and make your brand known. They highlighted the very real prospect that brands are no longer seen as icons, but as the corporation behind them. They also illustrated why it’s better to have a fan than a consumer, “because a fan will click like.” I couldn’t agree more if I tried! Well, I did try… It inspired me to write this post.
At the end of the day, when it all boils down to it why wouldn’t you want to get creative, and make your business/brand social?
Oh and FYI, when I say business I’m not just talking about the big giant superstore down at the bottom of your street. I’m talking about you. Whether you work for yourself, or someone else, you are in business!
I have the coolest job in the world!
Saturday mornings will not be the same again! I have officially found a beautiful spot to write, create and enjoy the finest coffees, and banana bread that Britain has to offer.
Think that is a bold statement?
It is; but it’s also very true!
Artisian Coffee birthed in Putney seems to be continuing to grow and spread it’s wings in South West area of London; and I highly recommend that you check it out next time you’re in need of a coffee catch up with a friend, a moment to reflect, or somewhere light, spacious and terribly tasty to perch for an hour or two.
It’s official I’ve finally made the leap out of the country and into the city; from Glasgow to London to be precise. I’ve been horrendously bad at blogging over the past… cough… Two months; but with good reason. All that shuffling and waffling aside, it’s safe to say I have now arrived in London and as a new member of this big, bold and beautiful city I would like to document some of the harsh but priceless life lessons this new chapter has already served up.
1. Life is precious and must be treasured
In the three short weeks that I’ve been here I’ve witnessed a man being knocked down by a bus, (literally two feet from my side) and as my feet were forced to jump and skip over the debris, my heart raced with fear and distress of what I had just witnessed. Today, it happened again as I witnessed a man collapse at a bus stop in Shepherds Bush. When you’re forced to face moments like these you get a wake up like no alarm or sugarcoated motivational speech can provide. Life is precious and instead of beating around the bush, playing at relationships, living in a place of unhappiness, or working a job that you don’t enjoy we must learn to value and appreciate the time we have and the people in our world that really matter.
2. Time is the currency of life
Through personal experience I have come to the conclusion that if someone doesn’t value my time, then they don’t really value me: irrespective of how much I may like or appreciate them. Who we spend our time with, and what we spend our time doing is either adding or subtracting from our life. There’s a song in Avenue Q, which I saw last week at the Edinburgh Fringe festival that says, ‘there’s a fine line between love and a waste of time.’ To put this in context this was about relationships, but I believe that it can also apply to other areas of life.
3. History repeats itself unless we change the record
To write for me is to breathe, and often I spend the majority of my time writing about my own observations in the hope that someone else may benefit. In doing so I often find that there are threads of familiarity that run through each post I write, which bugs me ever so slightly – It’s also part of the reason I haven’t written a post in while, out of a desire to bring something fresh. If we never step out and try something new, or face up to the opportunity failure has to offer, then how can we expect our lives to be anything more than what it is right now. Even if everything is great right now, life is full of peaks and troughs and it would be foolish to ignore the reality that surrounds us.