I’m not going to lie this was definitely me today. You would think that I’d be starting to get into the swing of things a bit more now, but these consistent and consecutive early mornings are killer. At the beginning of the month I decided I would try going 30 days without any added sugar and while the first three days of May got waylaid by a work trip, I am currently on my 13th day! It’s certainly not the easiest experience…the cravings have not gone away, sooo theres that. Actually that’s kind of a lie, they have pretty much gone away during the day, it’s after supper that I still crave something sweet — I’ve gotten a little creative with honey and homemade protein bars though, so I think that helps.
These past couple of weeks I’ve been thinking a lot about social media and I’ve written a bit about this on a class blog we had this past semester, but it occurred to me that I had never really addressed it on here before. One of the things I struggle with, that I’m hoping through education and experience will eventually become more clear, is the strategic side of communications. I think it is wrongly assumed that we — speaking as communication students — should already know this somehow or this should already have been taught in like “Communications 101” — spoiler: it was not.
I’m the type of person who gets overwhelmed very easily so having things in manageable steps makes me feel a lot better; so it’s frustrating when I feel like theres a bit of a disconnect in my knowledge or rather experience and what I want to achieve. And maybe that’s one of the many shortcomings of my program or maybe I’m getting a little bit ahead of myself. I just can’t help but feel like I am severely lacking in a very important area.
The other day someone at work was asking me what I wanted to do with my communications degree and as I struggled to answer them they replied “you’re certainly not communicating this very well!” and I just laughed and said “I’m a writer! Give me a piece of paper and a pen and I’ll get back to you.” This is something that I wrestle with a lot — having a clear depiction of what I want done or what I want to do, but struggling to convey that — give me a couple hours and an open word doc and I’ll have it all laid out. And maybe that’s all that is in my way in regards to the strategic side of communications, because I know it is all in my head and I know how I want things to end up looking, it’s just figuring out how to get there.
And I think that requires a certain amount of confidence.
“Sometimes all you need is twenty seconds of insane courage, just literally twenty seconds of embarrassing bravery. And I promise you, something great will come of it.”
And maybe that’s all I need? Earlier in the year I felt a little bit like this when I was asked to present on how businesses could use social media and I felt so encouraged by the friends around me who ensured me that I was being too modest and I did in fact have a little — a lot — to say on the matter.
So I guess my point is, we might have everything we need right inside of ourselves already and we just need a little bit of faith and maybe like 20 seconds of bravery.
Give or take.