I was recently looking back at some posts on different social media platforms (video, pictures, blogs, and more) and thought about the different messages we all share with our networks. I thought it was interesting to see how both work and personal posts have been so integrated in our messages. I am pretty much in this group too. However, I still separate some of my personal messages to Instagram and Facebook while posting more business messages on LinkedIn and Twitter as well as my Facebook business page.
As I reviewed, I kept thinking about the stories we are sharing – our story. Look at your last 20 posts. What’s your story? Are you in alignment with your messaging and who you are and who you want to be? As I review some of my last posts, I see the connectivity in my career, my volunteer life, and my personal life. I get asked questions around social media on a regular basis from what I post to how often I post. Do I have a calendar and plan my posts? Do I use tools etc… Here is what share… whatever you decide to share, make sure you are consistent and in alignment with who you are and who you want to be. Find your lane and you will find more purpose and more joy in everything you do – everyday!
This isn’t about social media, but how we approach our career and our personal life.
A few years ago, I went through an exercise with my friend Jennifer McClure and decided on words that I wanted my life to be centered around – Growing, Connecting, and Moving. You noticed I didn’t say my career, but my life! This is what fuels me every day. When I am growing or connecting or moving people, I am in the “lane of fulfillment”. I want to grow so I can help others grow. I want to be connected with myself and others so I can be more resourceful and help others get connected, and I want to help people / companies move to help reduce their stress and make moving a better experience for everyone involved. So, when I decide how I want to spend my time, this is one of the ways I choose to make decisions. I get so inspired when I grow, connect, and move in my career.
So, what’s your story? Who inspires you? Are you in alignment with who you are and who do you want to be in your career and in your personal life?
You see, when we know what makes us go, and share things that are important to us, we are so much more connected to the story. We are both vulnerable and clear with our message. This is when we drive engagement and connectivity and ultimately alignment in our career and our personal life.
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But let me warn you… when we aren’t in alignment with who we are and who we want to be, we will burn out. Years ago, I changed jobs from one company to another only to be doing the same thing. I wasn’t really enjoying what I was doing and decided to make a change in environments. I failed miserably because it wasn’t the company, it was alignment. When I look back, it’s because I wasn’t in my lane of growing, connecting, or moving others. I had stalled because I quit looking forward. I had achieved some goals and quit dreaming big. When I finally got back in position – my career not only took off, but inspired me to go places I never dreamed of going.
Quote of the week: “It’s not about work life balance, it’s about work life integration. Tony Hsieh, CEO Zappos
Call to Action: Review your last 20 Social Media posts. What story are you telling? Does it include work, volunteering, or personal life? Wait, are you just scrolling other people’s stories? I want to hear your story. My hope is to inspire you to grow, connect, and move with me! Once you find alignment, you’ll find your purpose!
This has been A Relocation Minute on “Alignment ” with Bruce Waller, for more information, call 972-389-5673, or email firstname.lastname@example.org or check out my social media Facebook and Twitter page. Also, check out www.BruceWaller.com to review my leadership book “Find Your Lane” and 5 Year Journal “Milemarkers” both available on amazon.