Plot TwistMay 21, 2019
Social media life is rife with plot twists. You’re humming along, doing your thing and then BOOM – there’s this new video thing everyone’s doing. Or, you open your Stories camera and SURPRISE nothing looks like it once did and you feel like you’re back to square one.
I did not realize when I started this whole social media marketing thing that I was signing up to do something that has no foundation. You can take absolutely nothing for granted because it could all change and you have no control over when or how.
Until I stopped to reflect recently, I didn’t realize that there is a low-level of anxiety over my entire work life. I felt it but I wasn’t certain what it was. It felt like a deficiency in me. I wasn’t good enough, didn’t have enough experience to know how to do this.
But what I’m realizing is the anxiety is rooted in the unsteady ground my work life is built upon. Literally overnight, my world could change completely. The next release, the next feature, the next big upgrade.
This excites some people. Change and new are what fuel their lives.
I like these things, but also I like to be certain. I like to be certain that I know how something works. I don’t want to be wrong. (There’s my Enneagram One showing!)
I’m learning now to hold things loosely. I’m learning that it’s okay to say “I don’t know” or “please teach me!” I’m learning to risk being wrong.
I’m learning to see the adventure in the change and new, and not feel the gut-clenching dread of feeling like I should know how to do this already.
I hope this comes as an encouragement to you. I do this as my actual job and many times I have no idea what will work and what won’t. So, you don’t have to either.