Earlier this month, I attended the Disney Social Media Moms conference in Austin, Texas. While the conference was based around social media – how to use it, what’s new, where we should be spending our time – the real benefit of the conference was the inspiration, motivation, and general good vibes I took home with me. And that’s saying a lot, because this conference, which only lasted three hours, was more educational than almost any other conference I have attended. Ever.
I want to share with you a few of the takeaways I brought home with me. You don’t need a blog, or a social media account of any kind, for that matter, to put these life practices into place. These ideas resonated with me and either felt already familiar or like words I needed to hear.
1. Never think an idea is too crazy. About a year-and-a-half ago, I told my husband and my closest blogging friends that I had an idea for this really cool Meal Planner, and that I was going to make them and sell them. I remember feeling almost embarrassed when I told them about it. I mean, I don’t cook, I have no graphic design skills, I didn’t know anything about printing or starting a business, and I needed a $400 investment to get a few pieces of equipment to get started.
It was a crazy idea!
But it felt right. There was a little tug in my center telling me to do this, and I followed it. And today I have a legit business that sells Meal Planners and other products – and it’s growing, you guys! My crazy idea wasn’t actually that crazy after all.
Your crazy idea might not be starting a business – it might be exercising everyday, or going back to school, or writing a book. It doesn’t matter what it is – it’s that wiggly little idea in your head (or your heart) that you’re kind of afraid to acknowledge because you are pretty sure it’s completely crazy.
As my business grows and my blog changes, I still get these crazy ideas – but now I listen to them and embrace them wholeheartedly – and I’m not embarrassed to stand behind them.
2. Believe in yourself. Maybe this sounds cheesy, but it’s true. If you don’t believe in yourself and what you’re doing, nobody else will, either.
3. Don’t be afraid to crash and burn. When I started making Meal Planners, I was afraid it would all be a big flop. But I didn’t let that stop me. I couldn’t! And even now, I still have these moments where I think, “What if this is all a big joke and it all crashes down tomorrow?”
But I stay on this path. I won’t let fear of failure stop me. I might crash and burn. I’ve crashed and burned many, many times in my life…and that’s okay. Those things are going to happen, but in the big picture…it doesn’t really matter. What matters is that we do all the things we want to do in this one short life we are given.
4. Step outside your comfort zone. I’ve learned that my comfort zone is small. Very, very, very itty bitty and compact. It’s so small that it doesn’t take much to step outside of it, and I don’t like doing that! It’s a big, scary, uncomfortable world outside of my cozy little comfort zone. It’s been a work-in-progress for me to learn to step outside my comfort zone. In fact, lately I have constantly asking myself this question: is it really that I don’t want to do this…or am I just scared?
Sometimes? I really don’t want to do something. And I’m the kind of person that pretty much doesn’t do anything she doesn’t want to do (life’s too short to be miserable, y’all). But if the reason I don’t want to do something is because I’m scared? I try to acknowledge that and proceed as if I’m not…embracing new experiences and opportunities instead of shying away from them.
5. Ask for help. I’m the worst (THE WORST!) at asking for help. But I’m learning that everything I can do on my own, I can do even better with the right people in place to help me. Surround yourself with the right people – the people you want on your team. Don’t let yourself fail because you were afraid to ask for help….and this goes for ALL aspects of life.
I really had to learn this the hard way with motherhood. A little help can go a long way!
All of the speakers at the Disney Social Media Moms Conference were fantastic. The last three ideas came from a talk by Lisa Espamer. When I was writing this post, I picked the first five things that jumped out at me from my notes…but there are SO MANY MORE things the speakers said that resonated with me that I still need to share…stay tuned!