Social networking is exciting and fun.
You can connect with people from all over the world in an instant and if you play your cards right, some of these connections may even turn into clients, business connections or friends. Lately, I have had the extreme fortune of being able to meet quite a few of my social media friends offline and it truly does feel like meeting up with long lost friends. After tweeting and connecting on Facebook, LinkedIn, Pinterest, etc for months or years with people from all across the country and around the world, taking it to the phone and meeting in person is a must. It takes these relationships full circle and allows everyone to expand in new ways, especially when these friendships are based on mutual respect and common goals.
Social networking, when kept in check, can be an awesome way to build your network, get ahead in business and build new friendships based on similar interests. However, as with anything new and exciting… social media has a dark side. Have you walked the line between a healthy relationship with Twitter or Facebook and a problem?
Have you noticed lately that you spend way more time on social media than socializing in real life with family, friends or business contacts? Do you go without showering, eating, working out or leaving your house for days? Have you fallen into your Hootsuite and feel like you are never going to be able to get out?
Don’t worry, you’re not alone if you have said yes to any of the above, but you are also walking a fine line between healthy and addicted. Take a moment to watch this video to get some perspective on healthy social networking and to get some tips on discipline and time management. Remember, it is critical to your success to keep all areas of your life in check.
To be successful and happy, it is essential to know what your end goal is and get clear on your short and long term goals. This is the only way to stay on track where you are and where you want to be and avoid getting lost along the way. If you find yourself heading down the wrong path, simply take some time to make sure you have clarity on your purpose and adjust accordingly. Life is about the relationships we have, the impact we make on those around us and being happy. If social networking is getting in the way of that, this video will help you to course correct.
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