I am having a fantastic day. I woke up at 5 am. I started smiling just by being awake. I felt new energy inside me, every time my feet was touching the cold floor. As I opened the door, and walked into the bathroom, I was thinking that, being me, and being who I am, is in fact what life is all about – for me. And, it’s what I bring to the world.
I believe too many bloggers are writing about the same topics, and instead of finding their own voices, they are doing their best to copy well-known bloggers.
I’ve been reading many blogs over the years, and it doesn’t happen often, not even on a weekly basis, that I discover a new blog (or a new author) that makes me go WOW!
Creativity is being who you are
I am not the one to tell you what creativity is, or how creativity is born. I believe that we’re all creative, we just need to let go, and we need to realize that we are all unique, and that it’s time to stand out from the crowd.
It’s not that there’s something wrong, doing what everybody else is doing, it’s just that we should be different, because we are different. You are the only one of you in the whole world. Remember that. That’s exactly why I don’t think we should copy anyone.
It’s not wrong being invisible.
It’s nice. It’s easy. It’s comfortable. We get to relax. We’re along for the ride. And most of the time, it can be fun.
But, we’re not in control of what we’re doing or where we’re going. I believe in being personal, and telling stories about what we’re doing and what we’re thinking. That’s how I connect with people. That’s thinking outside the box. The box is everyone else – being outside, is being you.
Turning fear into a feeling
I’ve read Turning Pro and The War of Art, and they’re both brilliant books talking about what Seth Godin has described as the lizard brain. We need to address the issue of fear. We fear failure. We fear success. We fear everything that’s different from the status quo. The lizard brain makes us stop when we’re about to create art. The lizard brain is the part of us that tells us that we should rest when we’re about to jump. The lizard brain is the fear of doing anything extraordinary.
Fear is what stops us and it’s what makes us not do what we should be doing, when all we’re thinking about is, how to focus on blogging when you just don’t have the time. If you’re being you, people will notice you, and people will remember you. We should focus on creating art, by sharing feelings.
What people feel is what they remember
I am the worst when it comes to remembering names, and I’m terrible when it comes to remembering faces. It’s really hard for me to remember someone I have just talked to one time. If you want me to remember you, I must remember you by adding a feeling to your face and to your name. You can make me smile, or you can provoke me, and make me angry. Or I might even start crying. The thing is, if I’m fascinated by you, I’ll remember who you are.
When you’re a blogger, you should focus on writing about problems and you should be the one creating the solution. But, that’s not all. You should use a personal touch, that unique part of being you, that turns the problem into a fascinating story that takes a hold of the reader and never lets go – not even when we’re at the end.
Sometimes, I just close my eyes, and I imagine that I’m out walking. It might be summer, and I’ve met this beautiful woman, or it could be cold and dark, and I’ve been walking all night, until I discovered a fake deer. Where I am and what I am doing doesn’t matter that much. What matters is that I’ve tried to add something unique to the story – me.
Thinking outside the box as a blogger is not that difficult. Not at all. I believe that we are all marketers. But, instead of just publishing the facts, and solving a problem, we should focus on the story about us, a story that’s fascinating to our readers – because we are all different and we are all interesting. Wake up. You’re having a fantastic day, because you are being you, and that’s what life is all about.