"It is the emotion which drives the intelligence forward in spite of obstacles" - Henri Bergson
In addition to social media, this blog aims to help readers Learn, strengthen, and increase the emotional and spiritual intelligence on an individual and brand level! I feed off of others so I hope to hear about you, your successes, and challenges as well as anything you would like to see discussed.
Yesterday afternoon, I was quietly thinking about how I would spend the rest of my day. Having the house, and time, to myself after non-stop holiday activity was just too good to not enjoy. I decided to take a nap and just allow myself to wake up when my body told me to. Only problem is, there was this one fly that didn't get the memo. He danced on the ceiling and buzzed between my blinds and the light globe relentlessly. When I got to the height of my irritation, I had a spiritual "bop" upside my head: having to deal with a fly in late December in Michigan is a miracle. The same miracle that allowed me to take a walk on dry land wearing just a sweater, not have to clean off my car, and turn down my heat.
Today, Michigan is looking like Christmas again. I woke up to snowy roads and wet tires on pavement making dirty noises outside my window. As a Michigander, grim forecasts for drivers this time of year is the norm. Oddly enough, however, I heard a lot more firetrucks, screeching tires on the unseasonably warm days we had this weekend. Just like my adventure with the house fly the other day, I think we can take things for granted when things are going smoothly. When driving, living, or doing business, we can afford to do this. Here's a few tips for driving in bad weather that can be applied to life and business:
1. Be prepared for inclement weather at all times, with the flexibility to relax and connect with your surroundings. Similary, in life and in business we have to reconnect with our vision to gain a sense of direction.
2. Use your rearview mirrors! Look back at what has worked and what hasn't worked for you in the past and see what might be coming back into view or creeping back into your life. Change can save a business, but keeping your best practices in constant view can keep it.
3. Clean the snow and debris off your car so that you can see clearly. Hurt, fear, too much or too little confidence can distract from your view of what lies ahead.
4. Keep Your Eyes on the Road! In other words, Stay Focused!
A social breakup is when social media followers decide, for whatever reason, they are tired of following you or your brand. Top reasons for social breakups include too much length of time between posts, hyper posting (posting too many times for the social media tool you are using), inconsistency, too much selling, or sometimes the honeymoon period (giveaways, initial excitement, or novelty) is just over.
Do All Blogs Go to Heaven?
A couple years ago I started to see a decline in my blog reader engagement. Unlike the 95% of bloggers who give up on their blogs, I knew what to do. After all, I have been blogging for almost 15 years. I simply wasn't doing it. I was spreading myself too thin, disorganized, and to be honest...a bit bored/burnt out.
Here we are two years later. With the new addition to the family (shown below), I have less time than ever. So, why in the heck would I decide to rebirth a blog? Good question. There is a lot of research on the increase in inbound traffic f…
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If you have a pulse, at some point you have done something on impulse. Recently, tennis player Svetlana Kuznetsova cut her hair during a match before returning and winning the match. I don't know the details surrounding the emergency haircut, but definitely looked like an impulsive decision at its finest.
In art and sports, spontaneity and split-second decison-making are often encouraged. In the business world, not so much. If you are starting a business, own a business, or even work in a business --you probably have plenty of cautionary tales of impulsive decisions gone wrong. The six-figure-earning account executive who got into a fist fight with a co-worker, the business owner who built an expense around money not yet earned, the employee who leaves a passive-ag…