Do You Practice What You Preach?
I help people figure things out. My strategic and perceptive mind works fast. I was a great bartender because I could read body language and expressions and knew what people needed before they did. That is the definition of good service: anticipating the needs of others. I know what other’s need to reach their potential or what they ‘should’ be doing for their business to set them up for success. I give good, simple and logical advice that people understand. And just like me, they know the solution will help them in business or in life and they make excuses or put it on the ‘to-do’ list of things I will start next week.
My podcast is documenting and sharing my journey. The tools I use and steps I am taking to create an online business and brand built around me. Every word out of my mouth is genuine and authentic, but the podcaster in me is a stronger, kinder and more self-aware version of me. The podcaster in me is logical and simple and understands the importance of focus and clarity and patience. The podcaster in me is disciplined and has a roadmap.
Off the mic, I am excited and scared and filled with self-doubt about whether I have what it takes to be in business for myself. I wake up early and hop from task to task getting nothing done, but promising tomorrow will be different. If not tomorrow, then I will take the weekend to re-group and organize a master plan and start on Monday. Tomorrow never comes.
I have the answers and solutions to my happiness and success, yet I am swimming upstream against the current and the only thing I need to do is turn around and relax and enjoy the ride. I want my business to generate income from classes, tutorials and books/guides yet those are the three things I have the hardest time creating. I have the technical chops. I have been wanting to do daily livestream and put up simple daily tutorial videos on YouTube for over a year and I have less than 20 created. I am proud of my podcast and daily Instagram work and I have accomplished a ton, but I’m not doing all that is necessary. And I get really negative and hard on myself for not creating daily videos and more content that I know I need if I want to build my online brand. Instagram Stories is not enough.
I am starting to pitch my freelance consulting to small businesses I know and when they ask what I do, the best answer would be: “I will show you how to do all of the things I should be doing but am not” Your website will be better than mine and you will be making videos sharing everything you do and you will be building a tribe who know, like and trust you so they will buy all of your products and services. It’s really simple, you just have to do the work. I will show you how to be as good as the podcaster in me and the real me will catch up soon enough and when he does, I will be a force to reckon with.
The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The next best time is now. — Chinese Proverb
Stop. It’s not too late. I am in this for the long haul. The solutions are simple and right in front of me. I will fail if I continue to be so critical and hateful to myself. I just need to relax and start one thing at a time. One video. One class. One blog post. Breathe. I am competent and confident in my skills and talents and I just need to push through. The podcaster in me is me. He is teaching me to believe in myself and to listen to my intuitions. It is not easy, but it is necessary.
We all have good intentions and try to be healthier and happier and kinder and more helpful, yet we overcomplicate what we need to do to achieve the things that matter the most. It all boils down to actions. We need to do as we say all the time. Practicing what you preach is the only way if what you are preaching is how you want to live your life.
To get to happiness, get going.