Have you ever heard the term, beginner’s mind?
Michael Port preaches this like gospel.
It’s about avoiding a deadly trap.
One that limits your choices, because you think you know all the answers.
A better way to frame it: The future belongs to learners. That’s something Mr. Port speaks about and I agree.
Think about it.
A giant part of gaining traction online (becoming “popular”) is all about letting your personality shimmer.
Approaching your day like a tail-wagging puppy.
Writing your little heart out.
And just being You.
You did all that in the beginning, right?
This kind of behavior attracts all the right people (for you). Is almost Zen-like because words just flow. It also might build the list you covet.
But many soften up and dilute their “stuff” because they’re afraid.
Afraid of not knowing everything.
Super-duper scared they might offend a few touchy people.
And terrified they will lose the audience they’ve built from the ground up.
They’re also more focused on seeking approval versus results.
So they slowly morph into a hollowed out shell where the snap, crackle, and epic sizzle is lost. Crisp toast with fresh butter and killer jam becomes the soggiest, sorriest milquetoast ever.
Don’t. Do. That.
In fact, STOP.
Stop seeking approval and START looking for people you really want to work with.
And realize that some unfiltered honesty might be the stickiest damn practice in the blogosphere.
To me, this is so inline with “beginner’s mind.”
Well, experts become boring and self-important experts can’t see the forest for the trees.
Beginners are …
1. Always open to new and amazing opportunities …
2. Maintain the epic sizzle, and …
3. Stay fresh because that original spirit is intact.
Through a beginner’s eye and the oh-so-You self-expression that comes with it, you’ll start to attract those who are in tune with what you have to offer.
In fact, it might be one of the best ways to cull the flock, then align your bad self with those you might just call “ideal.”
In other words, the best clients in the world (or at least in your world) will start showing up. Heck, they might already be at your doorstep.
Wouldn’t you prefer to work with clients who give you energy?
To avoid the dead, stinky fish who have been bringing you down for years? To experience a mutually beneficial relationship where you both can THRIVE?
Hell yeah, you would!
Stop thinking like some puffed-up expert and start thinking like a fresh-eyed entrepreneur.
Be yourself. Add value. Then work like an over-caffeinated beaver to post your brilliance online.
Stay curious. Excited. Alert!
Keep learning and proudly display your swag.
Soften your content because you think it might offend and won’t get you business.
This is the free internet, remember? And I don’t think Pope Francis is going to buy what you’re selling anyway.
You might start to fill your schedule with those previously hard to find dream clients.
You’ll be happier, less of a stress monkey, and more fulfilled.
Plus, over-caffeinated eager beavers have all the fun.