Do you know the BIG 4 stories that scare us off from showing up on video?
They are there in the background.
A daily dose of each is barely worth a mention.
Collectively, over our lifetime, they have a powerful effect on us.
See if you agree with my thesis.
For a lot of us, our resistance to standing up and speaking out started in third grade. Our first public speaking experience was likely in front of the class. We were marked on our public speaking. The story we started telling ourselves was that there is a right way and a wrong way to speak. The first story is that we won't speak up because we are conditioned to fear that we might say the wrong thing.
Traditional media is a business. It sells ads between the content. It worked out long ago that fear sells. Ever wondered why there are so many robbery and home invasion stories on the news? It’s because it sells security and alarm systems well. If we have a diet of traditional media, we can’t help take onboard the negativity it promotes. A negative mindset does not nurture the positive mindset needed to speak your voice.
3️⃣ SOCIAL MEDIA
Social Media pits us against each because social comparison sells. Fear of missing out sells. Keeping up with the Jones’s sells. Being in the habit of comparing yourself to what others are doing on their social channels for business saps you of confidence that what you have to say matters.
Too fat. Too bald. Too poor. Too much time away from the family. Too little attention paid to your partner. Too embarrassing to have the old model. Too underdressed to attend the event. Advertising runs on shame. If we continually don’t feel good enough it is hard to show up on video.
These stories are the soundtracks to our lives in the Western world.
I’m not saying that they are menacing.
I’m not saying it’s Big Brother.
I just want you to be aware that they exist.
What can you do about it?
What I’ve done is trade an hour a day of traditional media for podcasts.
For most, showing up on video requires change.
Footpath University may be just the thing to help kickstart the change you are looking for.
Turn off the TV. Slip on headphones. Go for a walk. Listen to a podcast. Do it daily. 👨🏼🦽🏃🏽♀️🏊🏾♂️🚴🏽♀️
Graduate with a degree in possibility.
Feel good being in control.
Become smarter and better looking while doing it.
Expand your mind, shrink your waistline.
Step out onto Footpath University today.
See you there.
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