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3 Ways You Can Be Inspired By Your Facebook

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3 Ways You Can Be Inspired By Your Facebook

We use it. We love it. But most of us spend too much time on Facebook. A complete waste of time…. Right?Wrong.

What if, instead of for procrastination, you used Facebook for inspiration? What if Facebook could make you more productive? People, be prepared to never look at Facebook the same way again.

The 3 Types of Facebook Posts

Let’s group all Facebook posts into 3 distinct species:

  1. Inspiring. Posts that pump positivity into your life, and motivate and inspire you.
  2. Mindless Drivel. 70% of Facebook posts, yet are utterly banal, and a complete waste of space.
  3. Negative. “My life sucks”, “Life is so unfair”, “Monday’s are rubbish.” “My boss is an absolute –“ “Why is society like this?!” “I hate XYZ”.

The problem is humans are a mouldable bunch.  Our environment makes us.  What and who surround us defines us. What we put into our environment goes into our brain. And what goes into our brain manipulates our thoughts. And our thoughts control our actions.

Our environment has massive power over us. Our Facebook feeds are plagued by posts that feed our minds with junk, which sabotages our efforts. Think of Facebook posts like nutrition for the brain; If you put crap food IN, you get crap results OUT. If you put great food IN, you get great results OUT. Our Facebook diets are awful. Our feeds are filled with posts that drag us down into complaints and mediocrity.

“You are the average of the 5 people you spend time with.” – Jim Rohn

The Damage of Negative Posts

Negative posts are real killers. Why? In our brain, negative stuff tends to stick around a lot longer than positive stuffAsk any city driver what they think of cyclists, and you’ll get an earful of expletives. But why? They’ve had far more good cyclist experiences than bad. Well, those few negative experiences stick out, making bad cyclists the rule rather than the exception.

Negative Facebook posts work the same way. They take up precious brain space, and paint the world as this awful, opportunity-devoid place. Short-term, the effect of negative posts is hard to see. But long-term, we slowly become more negative people. Negative IN = Negative OUT.

If everyone else around you complains, complaining gets a whole lot easier. – The more complaints you read, the more you find to complain about. For some reason, our brain craves fear and juicy gossip. That’s why media fear-mongering works. Fear sells. So when we read someone’s Facebook rant about how their life sucks, a part of our brain secretly loves it. And this makes Facebook way too addictive.

The Mediocrity Disease of Mindless Drivel

Mindless drivel brings  absolutely no value to our lives. What are we doing spending half an hour looking through them? Yet, they’re everywhere on Facebook. And they drown out the inspiring content that we want to read.

But there’s a bigger problem. What these posts do, is illuminate, with a glaring neon sign, life’s path of least resistance – mediocrity. They secretly lower our expectations of ourselves, our drive and our ambition. They tell our subconscious mind; “Why go the gym?”, “Why chase your dreams?” “Why aim high when you can chill with us???”

If all you have on the ol’ inspir-o-meter are utterly banal Facebook posts, then it’s not going to help you get to the next level. Instead, you could be filling your feed with athlete work-outs, awesome resources to chase your dream, and motivational quotes. Imagine comparing your success to the likes of Michael Phelps, Lebron James, and Neil Patel everyday? Now that would raise your bar.

“Most people fail in life not because they aim too high and miss, but because they aim too low and hit.” – Les Brown

Here are 3 steps to help set your Facebook feed to inspire you:

 

Step 1: Unfollow negative people

  • Login to Facebook.
  • Go to “News-feed Preferences”, in the drop-down where you can log out.
  • Go to “Unfollow People to Hide Their Posts”. Unfollow your Facebook “Friends” who fill your feed with mindless drivel or negative posts.

 

Step 2: Follow inspirational people

Find and follow as many inspirational people and pages as possible. Join as many inspirational groups as possible. Pick people in your niche. If you love basketball, follow NBA athletes. If you swim, follow Michael Phelps or Ryan Lochte. Content marketing? Follow Neil Patel.

 

Step 3: Turn OFF instant chat

What have you just done? All the negativity and mindless drivel have now been obliterated. (About 70% of your facebookb feed.) Congratulations! Result? You’re now following a lot less people. And the hordes of unproductive posts have been replaced by fewer, more inspirational ones.

This instant reduction in post-volume is incredibly liberating. It’s a mental detox. The benefit? – Now that there’s less stuff to catch up on, you won’t want to go on Facebook as often. Boom! And with those addictive rants gone, Facebook is much less… well, addictive.

What you’re left with is pure inspiration. It’s potent brain fuel that makes you want to get off Facebook and do stuff! You’ve unleashed a beautiful see-saw effect: you’re MORE INSPIRED, and you want to WORK MORE, plus, with less posts to read, you’ll want to procrastinate less.

With instant-chat off, people start to value your time. They can’t see you’re online, plus they know you won’t reply in 30 seconds. Without the millions of drag-on-forever distracting pop-up conversations, you’ll stay on task for longer too. Plus, with time to think and to write a cohesive reply, you can talk great ideas and have meaningful conversations. What better way to maintain and build relationships on Facebook?

Conclusion

Facebook isn’t a waste of time. Used properly, it can be an incredible tool that lets you share ideas, maintain relationships and be inspired. An ocean of positive thoughts is now yours! More work done, less time wasted. Less negative, more positive and more Inspired. If ever there was a win-win situation, this is it.

How do you use Facebook to inspire you?

Howdy! I’m Iain, and I grew up on an incredible little island on the west coast of Scotland. Since then, I’ve studied physics abroad in Canada, and masqueraded as a journalist in Madrid. People who inspire me? Leonardo Da Vinci, Ray Allen, Elliott Hulse. I love all things self-development, and doing 30-day challenges, which I write about on my blog dreambigstartsmall.com.

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  1. Jack

    Oct 28, 2015 at 7:43 pm

    I do not completely agree with this article. I do think Facebook is a waste of time. I think the right way of using it should be just for 15 minutes a day, and then you should start doing something useful after it. Also, many people do not read posts, they SCAN posts. It never works the same as reading an inspirational or motivational book. But enough for the negative thoughts on it, used the proper way, it indeed can function as a very powerful tool for connecting with like-minded people.

    • Iain Harrison

      Nov 18, 2015 at 4:13 pm

      You’re absolutely right – we should limit ourselves to using facebook. Especially scrolling through things that offer no value to our lives. On top of that, I think it’s an incredible tool for creating communities of likeminded people, finding resources that you wouldn’t have otherwise, and connecting with friends thousands of miles away.

      It doesn’t work the same way as reading an inspirational/motivational book. I’d take The Alchemist over Facebook anyday. But hey, 30 mins of Facebook to share ideas with inspirational friends? Yeah, I’ll take that too.

  2. Kwing

    Oct 28, 2015 at 2:45 pm

    Yes FaceBook and other social media contains lots and lots of stuff that won’t help you succeed and chase for your dreams! This is a very nice topic! I’ll abruptly apply the tips you posted in here! Very great idea and I look forward to seeing more of these useful and inspirational posts!

    Kind regards,

    Kwing

  3. Shawn Micheal Hartwell

    Oct 28, 2015 at 12:37 pm

    Hey Iain,

    What a wonderful article you’ve written here. Until recently I had considered closing my Facebook.

    Then I remembered, like Reddit, YOU control what YOU see, with the exception of paid ads. Once I started thinking like this I was swept into this frenzy of adding different groups unto my Facebook. You’ve got to manage how many groups you choose or you’ll drown in more noise, even if it is BETTER noise.

    Don’t you think that the problems we have with social networks stem from our perspective?

    I didn’t begin using twitter until 2012. My perception of Twitter was negative. Wasn’t Twitter a place for even shallower people than Facebook to shout into the noise? Why should I become a part of that!

    Then I began marketing on the Internet discovering the power behind a shift in perspective. Suddenly social networks brought massive value into my life, through conversations, relationships building, discovering thought-provoking content(like this) and, of course, promoting content I wanted to have impact in people’s lives.

    So, should we not change our perspectives? Shall we stop blaming a social network or other inanimate, unconscious tool for our own improper usage?

    – Shawn Michael Hartwell

    • Iain Harrison

      Nov 18, 2015 at 4:17 pm

      Hey Shawn,

      You’ve raised an intriguing point indeed – that we can’t be surrounded by too much noise, even if it is better noise. Nicely put! I hadn’t considered this myself, and I totally agree!

      I reckon you’ve hit on a point that relates to priorities in life. Priorities are good, but if you’ve got more than three, then you haven’t got priorities.

      Facebook is what we make it. As with guns, knives and peanut butter.

      Thanks for the insight!

      Iain

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3 Reasons Why Getting Clear Is Important for Your Business

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Everyone goes through times in their lives where blue skies and sunshine are a rarity. Too many clouds and storms, whether they involve business or personal issues, become the everyday occurrence and keep people from achieving whatever they want to do.

There have been many times on this business journey of my own where fogginess and haze have sent me to the mat. Trying to kick out at a 2-count when being pinned with all of this stuff seems unbearable.

In taking a holistic view (meaning looking at the entire picture) of where I am, what has changed? Clarity. Getting very clear on what I want to do and where I want to focus my creative direction. Yes, I’m a writer, content writer, copywriter, ghostwriter and creative. That’s one element of my own life. Another one involves being a voice for the voiceless in the craniofacial community around the world.

But this is not to simply focus on what I am doing now. This is about clarity, about getting laser-focused on what you want to do. If you have a coach or mentor in your life, then I’ll bet you have heard them say on one or multiple occasions that you have to “get clear” on what you want to offer.

Here are three core reasons clarity is an important factor for your business:

1. You Stand Out From The Crowd

You cannot go anywhere on social media and not see people putting out content. Some may be good; others are meh. It does not matter, though, if it is good or not. What matters is about conversion. Does the content turn into sales? Does it attract and speak to people’s problems?

Not everyone can be a jack-of-all-trades. You become a master-of-none pretty quick. Theories abound about niching down and finding that sweet spot where you can deliver your mastery to those in need. Think of the millions of niches out there: cannabis, fitness, spirituality, relationships, finances, food, and on it goes.

Every one of these niches need people who can come in and put clarity around their products and services. If these businesses are not clear on what they do and solve to those seeking solutions, then they are not going to have clients and eventually will have to shut the doors.

Learning to stand out from the crowd is going to make you a powerful voice in whatever niche or field you are looking to dominate in all the time.

“It’s a lack of clarity that creates chaos and frustration. Those emotions are poison to any living goal.” – Steve Maraboli

2. You Attract A Lot of Clients

If you wanted to apply one of those ancient universal laws to your business – for instance, like the very popular Law of Attraction – then you would understand what attracts people to you. Nikola Tesla, one of the world’s greatest inventors, once said that if people understood energy and vibration alone and how that works then they’d understand a lot of how things actually work in the world.

Clarity brings out a new energy from your words and actions. You come from a place of total and unbelievable awareness where you look around one day and go, “Dang, look at all of the people who want my services.”

Trust me. This is one of those lessons that I have to come back to over and over again. People might know who I am and what I do from this or that space. Yet is it really crystal clear enough to a targeted section of people? Um, it’s still a work in progress.

In order, though, to actually move forward in business and have the level of success that I desire, then clarity must come into play. Clarity attracts clients. They solidly know what you do and what you offer. There’s no wishy-washy stuff taking place. Understand this core reason to achieve clarity and watch what happens to your very own business and brand.

3. You Begin To Believe In Yourself

There’s this ongoing idea around “imposter syndrome” that folks on the interweb love to discuss. Showing up online like you are a real go-getter and hotshot, but offline that’s not the same person…that’s a problem.

“Imposter syndrome,” to me, starts happening when a person stretches out of his or her comfort zone and it feels miserable. Instead of getting up at 11 a.m. after working a night shift job, you get up at 8 a.m. to get a head-start on tasks and obligations around what you do. Thoughts like “this will never work out” or “I’m never going to succeed and get out of debt” start swirling around your mind like a bunch of chattering monkeys.

Clarity, though, allows you the benefit of starting to truly believe in yourself. In his famous book “The Power of Positive Thinking,” Norman Vincent Peale writes in the first chapter’s first line “Believe in yourself.” That’s it. Then the book goes on to describe different ways of building up your positive mindset through prayer, faith, action, and other real-life examples. Peale’s work may not appeal to you directly, but the mere thought of believing in yourself and your dreams is appealing.

“Clarity comes from action not thought.” – Marie Forleo

Find yourself getting clear on what you want and where you want to go and begin to truly believe in yourself and your abilities. There are lots of people who definitely need your services and work around the world. There might even be people right in your own town who do, too.

When tackling the issue of clarity for your business, take these three factors into account. Think about them seriously. Take stock around where this can be an effective place for you to succeed every single day.

Look for the sunshine and blue skies in your business. They are there. All you have to do is some sightseeing and all of it will pop out very clearly.

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How YOU Can Create a Powerful 10 Year Life Vision

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Where do you desire to be 10 years from now? Joel Brown, founder of the well-known website and podcast Addicted2Success, breaks down exactly how to gain clarity in your life and create a powerful 10-year life vision. The vision process that Joel teaches has transformed the lives of hundreds and thousands of people who use it.

You can listen to the full podcast interview here with Joel Brown or head over to my website AshleyHann.com for more inspirational podcast episodes.

Joel Brown is the real deal. He travels the world coaching thousands and thousands of people to stand in their vision so they can turn their dreams into a reality. He has been featured in the Think and Grow Rich movie, Entrepreneur, Forbes, Inc., The Huffington Post, Success Magazine and more. He has sat down with well-known thought leaders such as Tony Robbins, Deepak Chopra, Jay Shetty, Gary Vaynerchuk, Grant Cardone, John Assaraf and the list goes on.

This is a MUST LISTEN episode all about gaining clarity, creating harmony in your life and creating a powerful 10-year vision so that you can live the life you’ve always wanted.

Joel Brown (Founder of Addicted2Success.com)

Joel breaks it down for you step by step. In this episode, we go over:

  • The 3 key questions you must ask yourself in order to live a fulfilled life and master your 10-year vision
  • How to define success for yourself and discover what you really want
  • The 8 areas of life to include in your 10-year vision
  • The top, prevalent patterns successful people share and why you should adopt them too
  • The 3 main limiting beliefs and bullsh*t stories that hold people back from achieving their dreams and goals
  • Why dropping perfectionism is so important and what to do instead
  • …and so much more!

If you’re more of a visual person then you can watch my video interview with Joel Brown here:

This is an episode you won’t want to miss. Joel Brown is the 10-year vision expert and teaches his vision process all over the globe to thousands and thousands of people. You’ll want to make sure to grab a pen and paper so you can take notes and action on the strategies he shares with you.

You can connect with Joel Brown @iamjoelbrown on Instagram and Twitter.  Make sure you also check out his popular motivation account @addicted2success on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.

You can listen to the full episode on SoundCloud,Apple Podcasts or Spotify.

OR you can watch it on my YouTube Channel:

RESOURCES:

His event: www.elevatetribe.net

The #1 motivation website he built from scratch: www.addicted2success.com

His Circle of Influence online mastermind: www.iamjoelbrown.com/applynow

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5 Ways You Can Utilize Information Properly and Think More Efficiently

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The mind is a complex system of facets, of which some have yet to be discovered. Still, in spite of all this, there has been enough information to help us gain a rudimentary understanding of it. Thinking is what we all do, although what differs is the efficiency and levels at which we do it.

A lot of things influence the way you think, and most of these factors vary from person to person. However, there are some foundations and basic laws that can help you move from just filtering information and utilizing it to think efficiently.

Below are a few ways you can utilize information properly and think more efficiently:

1. Be quiet and listen

We’re constantly bombarded with information, and the nature of this information determines how we respond. Are you the type of person who doesn’t handle bad or even good news well? If so, learn to take a step back, evaluate things, and look for the way forward. It’s something that stock market traders do all the time, and it works like a charm with practice.

2. Never neglect what your emotions tell you

While a lot of people might not know this, it is true that the conscious thoughts we have only represent a small fraction of the events going on in our heads. At any given point in time, you have the unconscious aspect taking in massive amounts of information, most of which we don’t even know are being processed.

Your brain makes conclusions, good or bad, and starts to generate feelings that rule our emotions in the long-run. So, whenever you have a subtle feeling that points you to a certain course of action or thought, don’t ignore it. At the end of the day, that feeling gets its way somehow, and it’s better you come face-to-face with it and understand its nudges better.

“When you react, you let others control you. When you respond, you are in control.” – Bohdi Sanders

3. Never think while under pressure

Pressure can be good, but a lot of the time, it tends to yield counter-productive results. Regardless of what you’re doing, there are times when you feel pressure. What this pressure does is force you to rely less on the part of your unconsciousness that functions like a trained autopilot system (from all of the training and experiences that you’ve had in the past). Essentially, it forces you to overthink things.

You begin to analyze every aspect of what you’re doing, and you end up using parts of your brain that have no business with the specific activity. So, whenever you take the time out to develop a certain skill, make sure you learn to have faith in your instincts as well.

4. Never focus on one viewpoint

Bluffing is something that professional poker players do almost every time. It’s become an art. However, instead of just bluffing on a whim (which also works at times, by the way), most of them employ a simple trick while playing; they think about how the opposing players would act if they weren’t actually bluffing.

In most cases, the brain tends to search the world for filters in order to confirm the beliefs that it holds. However, the problem with this is that it tends to limit you. At the end of the day, you could be dealing with facts that are just not wrong.

“What’s true of the poker game is true of life. Most people are suckers and don’t realise it.” – Michael Faust

5. What do you love doing?

According to studies, a lot of people tend to have moments of insight and solutions to problems when they’re not even aware of the fact that the problem is being analyzed by the brain. These are usually moments when you take a stroll, listen to your favorite track, brew your favorite coffee, take showers, and read blogs; when you feel relaxed and comfortable.

This is because insightful thoughts are usually generated by an influx of neural activities that occur in the right hemisphere of the brain. The best time to plug into the mind is when you’re stress-free, so make sure that you engage in activities that relax you more often.

How do you go about maneuvering around and making decisions in a world constantly bombarding you with information? Let us know your thoughts and advice below!

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10 Simple Yet Effective Ways to Bring Out the Successful YouTuber in You

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YouTube is a social media platform that has turned many a normal person into a celebrity. With over 1.9 billion logged-in users visiting YouTube every month, it is a hugely popular platform that is being actively used by people who are leveraging its reach and popularity for reputation building, increasing visibility, creating and driving brand reach and last but not the least, earning money.

We keep hearing success stories of YouTube influencers who were nobodies when they started out and today run some of the most popular channels on YouTube and are considered reputed influencers in their niche.

There is absolutely no doubt that if done right, a presence on YouTube can be a massive boost for your brand (if you are a business) and ensure visibility of stratospheric proportions (if you are an individual).

But, at the end of it all, most people want to get onboard YouTube for the money. If your channel is popular enough, it can be a regular source of income for you. So, how do you become a successful YouTuber and establish a popular YouTube channel?

Here are ten great tips to help you on your way:

1. Identify your YouTube Goals

What do you want to achieve out of YouTube? Straight off the block, this is the question you must answer. YouTube can help build your brand, both business and personal, if that’s your goal. It will help improve your reputation and differentiate yourself from the competition. It could also become a revenue generation medium for you.

There are many reasons you might want to start a YouTube channel, and you need to zero in on the right one. Identifying your core goal or set of goals will help you plan your YouTube journey effectively.

2. Identify the Right Niche for Your Channel

Making videos is a resource-intensive activity. It also needs a rare degree of passion to make videos because you are going to put a truckload of effort into it. So, make sure to zero in on the right niche for your channel, meaning the kind of video content you are going to post. If you are an individual, the content must align with your interest, preferences, skill sets and knowledge.

If you are a business, it must align with your business’s services or domain. Think very carefully whether you will be able to keep making videos about a specific topic, subject or domain regularly. This will help you choose the right ‘content type’ for your channel.

3. Trust Yourself

There are some YouTubers who give up because they think they are not cut out to be successful YouTubers. There is absolutely no doubt, you will be wracked by self-doubt when you start, especially if your videos aren’t finding enough traction. The key here is to have confidence in your ability and pursuing your end goal indefatigably.

Don’t give up because of setbacks; some of the top YouTubers started off slowly and built their audience steadily. When it comes to YouTube, it is important to understand that success won’t come easily or quickly.

4. Be Prepared for Criticism

As a YouTuber, you have the ability to showcase your knowledge and skillsets to the world, but this also sets you up for criticism. There are people who are going to like your videos and there are those who won’t and will go a step further and criticize it through the comments section.

And very often, this criticism isn’t constructive and its only aim is to make fun of you and your video. Can you handle this criticism? You must if you want to be a successful YouTuber. Try developing a thick skin and don’t allow even the most virulent criticism to affect you.

5. Respond to Comments

Make it a habit to respond to comments, irrespective of whether these appreciate or criticize your video. Your response tells your viewer that you care and are prepared to listen to their views. This helps you build a relationship with your viewers who can then turn into channel subscribers. Don’t think YouTube videos are one-way traffic wherein you make a video, a viewer sees it and forgets about it. A video is a means of driving interaction and engagement.

6. Follow other YouTubers

You might have some great content ideas for your channel, but you must also keep track of what other YouTubers are doing. There is always a chance that you will get some inspiration from their videos as to how to make a video more interesting, get the lowdown on audience engagement tactics and find technical aspects as well including camera work, audio etc.

7. Attend Meetups

There are plenty of YouTube meetups, conventions and conferences happening all over the world; it is imperative that you attend YouTube events happening in your region. This way you will be able to meet fellow YouTubers in the region, and who knows, you might also meet YouTubers, you follow and want to emulate. If you get the opportunity to discuss notes or get tips, do so. This will help refine your channel content

8. Keep Measuring Your Performance

Start measuring your YouTube performance from the word go. You need to keep track of various performance metrics to know how well you have done. A metric like ‘views’ is super important but so is ‘watch time’. ouTube judges the performance of your channel on various metrics and uses these to rank your videos in search results. There are plenty of tools that can help you track and measure YouTube performance based on various parameters.

9. Don’t Judge Yourself Too Harshly

Don’t set impossible standards for yourself. You are going to make mistakes and learn from them. No video is perfect and don’t think you can start making amazingly successful videos from day one. So, judge yourself, but don’t go overboard. Don’t compare your work with people who have many years of YouTube experience behind them; this would be counterproductive and play havoc with your confidence levels.

10. Keep at It

If you want to bring out the successful YouTuber in you, you must keep at it. Plan a video publishing schedule and stick to it, irrespective of whether your videos are doing well or not. Remember, once you set cadence, you will get better at your videos, and this will drive more engagement.

A successful YouTuber is no different from a successful person. You need to work hard, learn from mistakes, and more importantly learn from others. And you must make use of all this learning to create better and more more engaging videos.

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