“Change can be scary, but you know what’s scarier? Allowing fear to stop you from growing, evolving and progressing.” ~ MANDY HALE
Hello my Solopreneurs Friends!
Today, I want to delve into the transformative power of going deep into your story, as it can greatly impact your business, provide clarity, and keep you focused on the bigger picture.
In my own journey, I recently decided to follow my own advice and wrote my WHY story, intending to incorporate it into my new About Me page. Little did I know that this exercise would lead to something much greater—a personal manifesto.
This experience reinforced my belief in the profound connection between understanding your story and finding your purpose.
Having a sense of purpose has always been crucial to me. Without it, I found it challenging to muster the motivation needed to carry out any meaningful work. In the past, I made the difficult decision to leave jobs that no longer inspired me or to turn down positions where I felt misaligned with the values of the company and its representatives.
Even in my current business, I continue to employ this approach. When a client approaches me with a request for a new website, I don’t simply dive into the technicalities—I ask them why they need a website. Similarly, if someone seeks my help in setting up a social media profile, I inquire about their underlying motivation. Even when someone shares an idea for a new venture, I’m driven to understand why it holds significance for them.
Now, let me clarify that my questioning is not an act of scepticism or judgment. Rather, it stems from genuine curiosity.
WHY? – the foundation for an effective marketing strategy
I’ve come to recognise that behind this question lies the foundation for an effective marketing strategy. To build a great website, I must understand why it’s needed. Is it to gather email addresses and expand a mailing list? Is it to showcase a portfolio and attract potential clients? Or is it to sell tickets for events and foster a community of like-minded individuals?
This approach, which I call “marketing with purpose“, is an antidote to blindly following trends or imitating others. If you undertake actions simply because everyone else is doing them or because you feel obligated to do so, you’ll inevitably find yourself exhausted, overwhelmed, and lacking direction. However, by regularly asking yourself, “Why do I want this?” and honestly exploring the answer, you’ll begin to present yourself online with intention. You’ll be inspired by the reasoning deeply connected to YOUR story and YOUR business—not someone else’s.
It’s important to recognise that your purpose lies within your story.
By daring to delve deep into your own narrative, you will emerge on the other side with a radiant light bulb shining above your head. This metaphorical light bulb symbolizes the clarity and illumination that comes from understanding your story and purpose. It empowers you to make decisions aligned with your values, establish authentic connections with your audience, and propel your business forward.
Furthermore, embracing your story and purpose allows you to differentiate yourself from competitors. Each individual has a unique journey and set of experiences that shape their perspective and approach. By embracing your story, you infuse your business with a distinct voice and a compelling narrative that sets you apart in the marketplace.
In conclusion, going deep into your story is a transformative endeavour that can revolutionise your business. It provides you with a sense of purpose, enabling you to approach your work with renewed motivation and determination. By marketing with purpose, you avoid the pitfalls of mindlessly following the crowd and instead build a business that is true to your values and aspirations.
So, dare to explore your story, embrace your purpose, and let your light shine brightly in the world of business.