I remember signing up for MYSPACE of all things way back in 2007 or so when it was one of the first ways to interact with others on a social media platform. We could adjust or profiles to be personal to us and meet people from all over the world! In 2010, when I signed up for Facebook it was a progression … a way for me to continue to keep up with friends and family while also RE-Connecting to those I hadn’t seen in years from high school or my past – the tides were changing with how we communicated with each other and the doors were opening for Social Media to be a way to live the #ConnectedLife…
With all of the social media platforms available to us on the internet and our phones, it’s always good to remember to use those as ways to benefit us and our lives instead of it being a means of using additional time!
What do I mean?
I’m just going to keep it honest here – I used to do the same thing – we have an opportunity to use social media for our every day lives rather than ‘wasting time we don’t have’ instead. I remember when I used to play games, and do quizzes, and I’m not hating on that at all. What I am realizing is that I need to use technology to enhance my life and not take away FROM my life.
When I started my blog back in 2012 it was a means of ACCOUNTABILITY FOR ME – I received so much support from friends I’d met online who were local and not local who cheered me on with every race I decided to run and every workout I squeezed in. I met so many amazing people who are now my friends for life that I wouldn’t have otherwise met if not for social media. SOCIAL MEDIA OPENS DOORS TO MEET FRIENDS WHO EMPOWER YOU!
As I work as a Fitness Coach now, I use Facebook and other social media tools to help others through positive circles of influence, messaging tools for those who are international, and to encourage and support them through their journey! Many times, we think that we’re ‘overloading’ others with our posts or that they may not want to see our workouts or care that we made a healthy recipe – IT TAKES TIME TO OPEN UP but is SO WORTH IT IN THE END.
What are specific ways that SOCIAL MEDIA can BENEFIT YOU?
✓ Sharing our journey is an important part of our process, to VERBALIZE goals instead of holding them in! When we make a statement that we are setting out TO DO something, we are more likely to stick to that focus and not stray! It’s one thing to not do something and only we know we didn’t do it, but to state it out LOUD and not do it – we’re not likely to want to do that, right? We have to remember to surround ourselves with those who support us and if they do then it won’t be overwhelming to them in their newsfeed – maybe, instead, we should think that we’re INSPIRING someone else to do the same things!
✓ Making friends who support us can be so encouraging and lift us up when we least expect it! My husband used to be nervous about me ‘meeting’ people through my blog. Once he realized they had multiple profiles and were ‘real people’ he eased up and understood why it was important for me to connect. Safety in mind, meeting others online is something I feel everyone should be open to doing! When people in my online groups meet each other and see they’re on the same plane of focus and can relate, it can add another dimension of support! When you see someone else is in the same struggles or will celebrate the same milestones with you, it is so uplifting! I can’t tell you how many of my friends and I who are on social media – we’ve chatted about this online too – have felt we’ve alleviated our depression issues, weight problems, ALL with the help of social media! We no longer felt ALONE and sharing OUR story was tough, but worth the connections we made and those we inspired!
✓ Motivation can come from apps! I find myself no longer playing games on my phone and instead using my Bible app to do daily readings (My goal: to finish the WHOLE BIBLE this year) … I have continued to track my food on My Fitness Pal….I use Google Drive to stay organized and on task… I use Wunderlist to keep my lists in order instead of in my head…I look to follow people on Instagram who motivate and inspire…we can use Pinterest to find recipes and articles linked to our current interests and goals.. The list is endless!
WE HAVE A CHOICE EACH AND EVERY DAY – to live our lives to the FULLEST and do ALL we want to do sometimes takes a shift in mindset and a shift in our daily habits! TRUST ME I know this all too well!