May I tell you something that might surprise you? Have you ever considered that you are already on the cutting edge of online technology?
You know the possibilities and potential that being online could hold for you:
- The ability to connect with people from all over the planet, while you sit in your comfy PJs on the sofa, with a steaming cup of cocoa.
- The ability to earn an income – however small at first – by doing nothing more than sharing what you know, and passing on knowledge online that feels like second nature to you.
…and those are just the main two, never mind the rest. The fact your eyes are open to these possibilities and you’re dabbling in it. That’s cutting edge.
And yet you look around online, and see how far ahead other people are (like me perhaps), and how far behind you already are and you feel like you’re the only one in the world not online yet.
The reality? You’re still cutting edge. Really and truly.
Talk to most people you meet on the street and while they may be online, they’re not truly online and have no idea about the possibilities it holds that you already know of. Ask them. You’ll be surprised.
So while you’re digesting that, let’s also look at two of the biggest fears I think may people hold when they’re considering jumping into this online world…
#1 It’s A Foreign Country
It can feel like a strange new land when you first come online. Lots of new tools to choose from, an abundance of people to follow, millions of snippets of advice to sift through.
How on earth do you navigate these waters safely?
When I talk to people about how being online means just that…being and living online, I had no idea that for many it conjures up images of running around as some body-less avatar, living out a whole new life in some kind of alternate universe, a lá Second Life. And yet apparently it does.
Clearly I need to start communicating it better; it’s not like that at all. Instead of that, think of this:
- “Online” is just another platform to communicate with people; much like picking up the phone, go online to communicate with people you want to.
- Online you are you; you’re not some body-less avatar or alter ego (unless you want to be); there is no need to be something or someone other than who you already are. Unless you want to be.
Does that sound more attractive and infinitely less scary?
#2 You’re Reluctant to Share
The other fear people have is of sharing (themselves). Perhaps you’re thinking:
“Why on earth would anyone be interested in what I have to share?”
…or maybe it’s more:
“I refuse to share inane pictures of what I’m eating for lunch every day. What a total waste of time – how’s that gonna help my business?”
…or perhaps it’s:
“I don’t want people to know all about me and my life; what if it’s not safe?”
Perhaps if I tell you something else that might surprise you…
If you’re on my mailing list, or you follow me online somewhere, you might feel I share quite a lot. You might be saying to yourself, “There’s no way I could share as much as Lea does”.
Here’s how I feel about it…
I feel like I share about 10-15% of myself and my life. I feel like – although you might feel like you know me – there’s a ton you don’t know because I don’t share everything. What you see is just a fraction of my life, and no more.
It’s not just branding and filtering what I want you to see, it’s about having boundaries and being online in a way I feel comfortable.
You are in control of setting and maintaining your boundaries. You are in control of determining what and how much you share. No-one can force you to do something you don’t want to do.
If me sharing my 10% feels like enough for you to get to know me, then do the same (or more or less – it’s up to you). I can promise you that you’ll find the balance that works for you.
If we can help you with getting or being online, let us know – that’s what we’re here for.