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Put yourself in a new environment and learn something about yourself. It works every time.
Here are some examples:
These will get you out of your "comfort zone" or thrust you in to a new one.
What new environments will take YOU to a NEW and REFRESHING frame of thought?
“They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.” - Andy Warhol
“Stepping onto a brand-new path is difficult, but not more difficult than remaining in a situation, which is not nurturing to the whole woman.” - Maya Angelou
"Think Different" - Apple
Life revolves around cycles. For thinking humanoids like us, I like to call them versions. Currently I am in version 4.0. Recently v 3.5 crashed on me. It was time for an update. Sometimes these updates are thrusted at us. A sudden change in circumstances can do this. Sometimes we just need to make them happen. 4.0 was a combination of both. In v 1.0, v 3.0, I was conscious of the change.
Often the versions in between the whole numbers are unconscious. We shift and adapt according to what life throws at us.
I am 43 years old, with a 21 month old child, incredible career changes and a healthier outlook on life.
We all start out at v 0.1 and make updates from there on. Most people spend their early 20’s in v 1.0. This is the devolopment stage. Some will see that version crash on them, needing to fix the bugs that are holding them back. Others will need work on their UI, the user interface, the look and function that pertains to how they are viewed and how they view themselves. For example, a change of hair style may be a minor UI adjustment but can elicit a greater change down the road. Many will need to scrap the whole v 1.0 and move right to 2.0 because their initial thoughts and ideas did not get them to a place they've desired.
This is ok. Most people of "greatness" have needed to reinvent themselves.
Keep updating. Keep working on it. Much of the greatness we see is surely not the first versions.
What version are you? Where are you at in life? How will you update? Will it be internal or external?
See yourself as a process. A work in motion, fluid and open to change.
How we deal with a stuck zipper can tell us about how we deal with not moving forward.
Years ago my tailor, a 6 foot elder Ukrainian woman, former ballroom dancer, scolded me “You have to treat a zipper like a baby. Gentle and thoughtful.”
That's not how I used approach the zipping and unzipping of them (zippers not babies!) and in turn, they frequently got stuck.
Think about how you approach the zipper. How do you feel when it does get stuck? Do you stress about it and fervently work for it’s escape from it’s restraint or do you take a step back, analyze and approach it with thought?
Next time your zipper gets stuck, reflect on what is holding you back in life, take a deep breath and work it out with small thoughtful steps, just like the first ones a baby takes.
PS- This can also apply to a tangled set of earbuds. Houdini never had to deal with that!
1) Be real and be yourself. No one likes a promoter who just does that and nothing else. "Attraction not promotion". Have an attractive set of Tweets and people will naturally be interested in what you are "selling" and/or who you are. Sometimes I will go back to clean up my Twitter to delete tweets that are conversational so as to keep my timeline "attractive" to new people. I want them to understand my feed as opposed to reading one side of a conversation. Usually after I follow a bunch of people I will go back and delete some tweets and clean up my timeline so it looks sleek and easy to read and digest.
2) RT RT RT : ReTweeting is a way to be reciprocal on Twitter. It shows that you are not one-sided and have interests other than yourself. It is the Twitter version of "feeling like you are being heard/listened to." By RTing others you are engaging with them in the most basic way by saying, I agree with what you said and I want to share it with others as well. It is the email version of a "forward".
3) Do NOT care who unfollows you (unless it is your best friend). There are millions of people who are not following you already. Why focus on the negative? It will not help. And please do not post about who is unfollowing you, etc. Nobody cares. It is only showing your insecurities on your timeline. We do not need to see that.
4) A good timeline is a combination of interesting personal tweets, RTs, conversation, and links to interesting content. Strive for a balance. When people are considering to follow you, it makes for a rich twitter page.
5) Reach out, ask questions, give answers and actually care. These are real people (minus the 80% spam) and you should be treating Twitter as an amazing city block in which you live. All sorts of great people and opportunities are available to you, just a click away.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions about the Twitterverse.