I hosted my first meetup today.
The grand total in attendance: two. Myself included.
Here's my takeaways.
1) Social media requires engagement.
I have close to 20,000 connections on LinkedIn and my Instagram reach is around the 200,000 mark with hashtags. Hashtags are great for reaching an audience. They don't work so well for actually engaging with people though. That requires vulnerability. People need a reason to engage. As a startup, I have to find out where my clients are challenged, and speak to that pain in a way that resonates with my clients, and provide solutions that they can use. That means I have to meet them where they are, being transparent and real. It means I need to be open enough to understand what they are going through as a business owner. All this means engaging then and asking questions. It's not enough to post an event, I must first discover if the event is needed.
2) The Power of One.
Sometimes we have to go through things alone. Sometimes we have a support group, family and friends who believe in you and in what you're doing. Sometimes that support group is one person. Sometimes, that's all you need. The right person understands your vision. They buy in. They get behind you, support you and help you realize your vision. The one other person that came to the meetup was exactly that type. He understood and wanted to partner with me. He even pointed me in the direction of a business owner who could not only host future meetups, but has been approached by other business owners looking for the solutions I offer.
3) Overcoming "against all odds" means there's odds to be against.
No one can write a story of inspiring, winning and learning without victories to win and lessons to learn. That comes from adversity. Problems, challenges, issues, troubles... whatever you call them... every last one is a chance to move closer to accomplishing your goals or help you make the necessary course corrections. Two of the most powerful mindset shifts I've made have been: a) there's no such thing as failure, or success. I am either where i want to be in life, or on my way there. And b) asking myself, "How can this move me closer to my goals/benefit me or my clients?" as opposed to "Why is this happening to me?"
"This" might just be happening FOR you, not TO you. Once you realize that, things can happen THROUGH you. In other words, you become the catalyst for change. You control your destiny. Not circumstances.
Dear reader, this last takeaway is certainly the most valuable, because the tiniest shifts in thinking can create the greatest changes in your life.
As you become aware of your thinking, and realize you are in total control of your mind, you can easily and automatically begin to make changes for your best good, and understand how important mindset can be in manifesting the life you really want.
This isn't a lesson in the law of attraction, it’s a lesson in the law of attraction, gratitude and mindset.