I took May off of showing you all what I was up to. It was time for me to sit back and get out of the noise, the clutter, the stress of having to juggle the ominous “Insta-Twita-Book” and convey stories of what my life detailed and how my business was running as a trainer, coach and entrepreneur. Quite frankly, it was a great break.
I’m here to now pose the question; when you’re out being Insta-famous, are you really performing at your best? Are you really doing? Or is it possible you’re just showing what you’re supposed to be doing? For the camera… and for the likes… or followers…
Let’s think about it – a strong majority of social media influencers might actually be leading this hypocrisy. “Go and live your life!” … but document the WHOLE FUCKING THING while you’re at it for everyone to see….?
You see, if I’m watching coach buddy focus more on the lighting on his face and the gym logo backdrop of his IG story than the actual lift, or better yet the lift of the client he’s half-heartedly spotting… is he in that moment? Or is he telling a story? Nothing wrong with that if it is the case, but I think it kind of blurs the authenticity of so called “influencer roles” in the wonderful world of social media.
Is that living your life? Or is that perhaps showing the life you should be living? Can you really be right into it if you’re worried about the frame of the picture or the glaze of the donut hitting the edge of the coffee cup? Just eat the thing and be in the moment. I’d call into question the legitimacy of the notion to leave a paper trail, or more aptly – video highlight reel of your life.
This is the bane of my existence in the social media world and I’m sure i’m not the only one that feels this dilemma. That’s why it was awesome to detach, unplug and reset my values – I made one strong realization: I definitely didn’t need it for my business. It can help, but at the end of the day, social media is just a tool in the tool belt.
A hammer can help to build a house. But at the cost of your thumbs if you use it wrong.
Food for thought.