No matter how you slice it, we were born to socialize.
However, socializing is not as simple as one might hope and as we find when we have children, it is often a struggle to say the right thing all the time. It would be nice if no matter what we did or said, everyone loved us and there were no long term repercussions for making mistakes, but in this day and age of social media, we have to be very aware of how we show up online and off, if we want to “win” at the game of life. Social life, that is.
Hence this series… How to Play Your Social A-Game.
You may have heard the term, “Bring your A-game” which means to be the best you can be. Play at top level. Give it your all. Bring it, baby! When I first heard this term, I fell in love with the idea because we should all strive to play our A-game at all times in life. Why the heck not. Right? Go big or go home. Otherwise, what’s the point?
So, when it comes to playing your Social A-Game, the most important thing is to know what your end goal is and what each short term goal is along the way. If you want to win, you have to know WHY you want to win or you will never find the right energy to play full on and you will most likely spin your wheels in frustration.
Playing your A-Game is about bringing all of you in full awareness to the plate to take a swing and experience every moment in full presence, every time. Conversely, if we are mindlessly swinging at the ball with no idea why we even want to hit the ball or where first, second, or third bases are, we will never make a home run. We will never win the game. And we will certainly never feel very good about the experience. It will feel… pointless.
Whether you are actively working the social networks to build brand awareness, if you are attending a conference to network with potential collaborators or if you are simply joining a friend for lunch… bringing your Social A-Game is essential. Knowing what your goal is and taking steps to achieve it will give you a sense of purpose and accomplishment. Without a clear grasp of why you are participating in any activity, you will never feel confident or empowered. You will simply be swinging at the ball in the hopes of doing something great, but not knowing why scoring a run and winning the game will make a difference in your life.
So, are you swinging at the ball with a clear idea of where home plate is or are you aimlessly swinging at each pitch in the hopes of something amazing happening? Let’s take this conversation to the comments and stay tuned for the rest of this series.