What Are You Saying?

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Facebook … love it, or hate it?!

Personally, I love it … for numerous reasons.

I use Twitter, Google+, Instagram and Pinterest, but so far, Facebook works well for raising the profile of my various businesses.  And it makes sense, as in the UK, there are approximately 30 million users.  Globally, it is in the region of 1.5 billion, which makes it the number one social media platform.

Leading on from that, it is a great marketing platform that suits our target market.  Instagram, for example, tends to be used by females between the ages of 16-24.  We tend to target men and women, who are older.

I love Facebook as it is a way of keeping abreast with what is happening in my specific areas of interest, family and friends who are scattered around the world.  I use it to watch what other similar businesses are doing with interest, so I can see if what they are doing could be modelled for our businesses.  It is a great way of “surrounding” myself with people who are better, more successful than I am, so that I have to be better and lift my game.  I get to stay in touch with what is happening with my cousins and old friends, who are now scattered around the world.

It is fascinating how people use Facebook, and what is posted.  I see what friends are posting, what business leaders are posting, prominent teachers in the yoga world.  I cannot remember when I joined Facebook; it was probably about 10 years ago now, and because of what I have always done with my career and businesses over the years, this social media platform has been that for me; a way of raising my profile.  Honestly, there have been times when I have battled with what I want to say vs what not to say.  What I can say is that whenever I meet anyone who follows me on Facebook for the first time, the key things that come up about what they know about me are, BODYBALANCE, Yoga and cats!  More recently, they may know that I am a vegan

So, it intrigues me to see how incongruent some people can be.  As I mentioned earlier, I follow a few prominent and well-respected yoga teachers.  Some of their posts talk about love for all, yoga is about love .. and then, there will be a stream of posts implying how modern yoga teachers are rubbish, and all that is needed to teach yoga these days is to be flexible.

What are you saying?

Another example is how some proclaim that they love animals, or human rights, or equal pay, or that we should buy local.  And then, there is a post about their workout kit is from Primark or Tesco. Or, they post a photo of their dinner and it is piled high with meat.

What are you saying?

What we need to look at are our underpinning values and beliefs, and reflect on whether they are strong enough to stand up to all aspects of our life.  When I was undergoing my yoga teacher training, my teacher interpreted Dharma as “that which holds you up”.  Anthony Robbins talks about the 6 Human Needs and how our beliefs and values are built on those needs.

So I have been pondering this week about my own values and beliefs; my Dharma.  Do my beliefs and values hold strong?  Hand on heart, no.

But, I am working towards being better.

What are you saying?

Till next time … x

 

 

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