Since my top character strength is self regulation, discipline is a the core of me hitting stride or faltering.
Interestingly, psychology has found two traits that predict success in a broad range of spheres. Intelligence and self control. Intelligence has been hard to show improved lasting change but self control can be improved anywhere.
For the past 9 days I enacted my #24daysofcharacterstrengths to start getting me in a fast habit of posting daily. It also taps my creativity because I need an engaging topic each day, and I learn a little more each time. The most important thing for me psychologically is to stick with it. When I reflect of my past experiences (army,boston marathon, ironman) and things I have done to change the trajectory in my life, they have all come with an aspect of discipline that was missing before that.
Posting on linkedin is a great audience for me to post about character strengths and leadership. I can come from a completely new angle, and engage with a different type of audience than twitter or FB. I also decided to become an open networker. Meaning I accept more invites from people so I can grow my network. Carefully screening of course. The benefits so far has allowed me to feel a sense of accomplishment, and increased clarity for my business. Although right now I am painstakingly working on the new name, which I wish wasn’t as hard as I am making it out to be.
I have also started creating a lot more video, which I much more prefer than writing. The consistency has made my clarity more clear, and less “um” in my language. I can come up with a topic quickly and do a 2-3 minute video. Although I am really working on nailing that 2:20 timer twitter gives me. I still want to shorten videos to max 5 minutes on linkedin, but might mix that up as I grow my network and see what works best.
Although I have started posting more on twitter, instagram, and youtube, I still need much more discipline on every day activity and timing of posts. The linkedin 24 days campaign has given me the structure and I am hoping that it spills into other areas of my business. With less than two months left in my MBA to get rolling, I feel the pressure cooker. My dad just met with me about taking a job at a big bank. I could turn that into a positive, but the entrepreneur in me is fighting. I have done my time to get to this point, so we will see.
Update on InfusionSoft(software for small business)
My ads are officially running. Not much to update except the “lead bank” is empty so far. Right now customers download my free guide and go through my sales funnel (and hopefully) decide to get on a call. I have different versions of the ad that are available throughout the month, depending on how they perform. Still learning the platform, but think this will be a good topic for my presentation on Wednesday.