reflection of tree in lake

Things can only get better

These are very short reflective blog posts. Please don’t worry about anything I say in these. I hope they provide you with some background on what goes on behind the camera!

After a tough day earlier in the month, I started one of my early morning routines of scrolling through Instagram.

I do sometimes believe in fate. There are some strange things that happen in my life that I think, if you are open to them, can actually support. I’ll tell you about my strangeness about numbers later on!

While scrolling through the stories and reels I came across someone who was talking about multi-passionate people. If you are not aware, one piece of advice that comes up in any influencer’s growth strategy is the process of ‘niche down. Basically, this is focusing all your IG posts and reels on one area – the area or topic that you want to be known for. Initially, I had thought about being a productive person, but I found it so hard to target this area consistently. I also enjoy live streaming and trying to stay positive and of course, RPG systems. I felt that I didn’t have the expertise to focus completely on one niche and this was what was causing my crash and burn issue earlier.

So, while watching the IG content, I came across a post that was talking about multi-passionate people. Basically, these were people like me who had a number of passions and who felt could not niche down. The person was basically saying that multi-passionate people are another group of content creators who exist and that being multi-passionate is fine! You might not grow at fast, and all the content might not be applicable to all your followers, but they know this when they follow.

This gave me some hope! I think I am one of these multi-passionate people. In a way, that is what makes me, me. I am not a master of one element, I am mediocre in a number of areas. I’m happy about that and maybe it will help me move forward.

Before we go – numbers. When I look at clock times I tend to see palindromes or some other sort of pattern. I know that I probably look at the time and only acknowledge it when I do see palindromes or patterns like 1234 but I thought it was interesting. Well now that I have committed it to type, it probably comes across as I am some sort of crackpot!

All the best – inwils!

It is always important to challenge ourselves and strive to move forward. To stay in one place and to think we are doing our best is never acceptable.

Pushing ourselves to achieve new things is not always pleasant. It requires us to put ourselves out of our comfort zone. Being out of our comfort zone can mean that we feel insecure and self-doubt can creep in and start to nag us. Initially, this might just be in our peripheral brain, but as soon as it has a foothold it can take a bigger grip and fill everything we do.

We are often, therefore, in a quandary. Do we stay safe or venture out?

For me, even with anxiety, I feel that I need to push forward and try new things and experiment with new avenues. While doing this I have that constant nagging thought of failing or looking a fool.

So if I am pushing myself to new areas, how do I keep that fear of failure (and fear is definitely the correct word to use here) at bay?

Well, the thought I keep foremost in my mind is that we are all learning. To think that we actually reach perfection or have nothing else to learn is never true. As learners, we need to accept that we are going to fail. This is not a negative, it is an important part of learning. If we succeed all the time at a good standard then I would say that we are not challenging ourselves.

I wanted to share an acronym that I use a lot in my part-time job as a teacher and researcher in teaching and learning.

FAIL stands for – first attempt in learning.

Enough said.

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