To find your voice, you've got to find your message first. Buuut- how do you do that?
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For 12 years, I've been trying to find my "message," yet I haven't seemed to find it yet. At least once a year, I go searching for that elusive spark that promises to tie it all together.
It's that time of year again!
This time, it seems there's more unreputable sources claiming they can help, so maybe I'll be successful this time? Either that or they'll all be pretty much the same thing as always. Bear with me, this might be a long ride.
This one seems pretty good, actually. Out of the six sites that came up (first page results, of course), this was the only one that really walked me through the clutter of my mind. After answering literally every question in the article (anything with a ? at the end), I've come up with a rough idea of my general message. It doesn't do this website any good, though, but by the time I was done, I had a feeling my Metaphysiology site was more in line with my overall message. Hmm.
Some Moderately Helpful Ones
My second favorite was Michelle Mazur, on www.drmichellemazur.com. There's some interesting examples of how to boil down a message based on successful people you may know (and some you may not). I like the question of 'what do you want to be known for?' It reminds me of begin with the end in mind, from the 7 Habits book.
Shelly Bullard on MindBodyGreen was pretty inspirational, and had a few poignant questions to help shake my brain for a message. She didn't really get to the core like the first one, but the exercise put some things into perspective a bit.
I should also mention Russell Brunson (DotCom Secrets, Expert Secrets) has helped keep my mind in the right place, despite not being able to uncover my message. His idea of a cult-ture being all about who it's helping and having the privilege of making a difference in people's lives is admirable. I hope to find a message that allows me to see that kind of thing first hand one day.
Not Quite As Helpful
Karen Gunton has an interesting perspective about building a lighthouse instead of a business, so I'd say it at least sets you up with a fresh way of thinking. However, her advice on finding a message isn't particularly useful to me. Maybe people that don't constantly consider what gems they might spout from their mouths (quotables) or that don't often discuss things with others may find it more helpful than I did.
Mark Leruste seems helpful, but his advice is more for after you've got a grasp of your message. It's a bit misleading that he suggests he's helping you find your message - I'd say he's more about honing the message into something relatable and marketable. Important stuff, but not really what it claims to be at first glance.
And then there's this site. Now, scrolling to the bottom, I see there's a lot of reputable companies in the "as seen on" section. However, I found this one to be the least helpful of all. Not only did the "3 steps" seem recycled information, but the video that delivered them was shoddy at best. I know my videos aren't super great quality, either (slideshows, yo), but at least I paid attention to the volume levels. About half of what this woman says requires a great deal of straining to even hear. The inner quest to find a message is hard enough without obstacles like that getting in the way.
What do you think? Check out the sites for yourself and let me know which ones you found most/least helpful! Or, continue forward and discover your gifts - the root of your potentially elusive message.
As I begin this anew, I know only one thing: that I know nothing. Learn with me, and together we will figure this out.
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