Why Becoming A Social Butterfly Will Increase Your Net Worth5/27/2013
by Denise J. Hart Does that say become a butterfly? Well, yes it does. Everyone knows that befor...
by Denise J. Hart
Does that say become a butterfly? Well, yes it does. Everyone knows that before a butterfly becomes itself, it gets to be a caterpillar and experience a really cool metamorphosis. Well, it's in the metamorphosis where you find the lesson for increasing your social net worth.
Social net working is all the rage and thus, begs the questions why should we be more social? One of the answers to that question is because outgoing people tend to be happier and healthier.
Scientific research shows that we're all born either extroverts or introverts, and that doesn't change very much as we go through life. But, no matter if you're a born extrovert or introvert we can all do certain things that will enhance our approachability in real life and on the internet. When you have a wider pool of human resources in your life, you experience increased happiness, health, relationships and even financial opportunities.
When building our social circle, the most common phrase we use today is networking, but I'd like to put a new spin on things, and call it net-worthing. In my book, net-worthing is connecting to others to increase the inner and outer aspects of your life. Networking is historically associated with connecting to people for business benefits, and that kind of thinking is just so '80's!
There are many people out there (maybe you're one of them) who think that if they increase the numbers of people in their life, either in person or via the net, that they'll just invite more drama. That's certainly one way to look at it, albeit a negative one. Yet, I offer to you this maxim, "the more you connect to others the more you're bound to gain." What you have to realize is that you get to decide what you'll gain. You can set your intention for your next net-worthing adventure and decide to only connect to those people who are sending out the kind of vibe that's characteristic of what you'd like more of in your life.
Even employers have gotten on the net-worthing bandwagon. Many companies are now part of the two most popular social connection environments: facebook and Twitter. Also, most companies are looking to hire people who are comfortable with the extroverted side of their personality. It's obvious that being connected builds stronger relationships and in the old networking model, the goal isn't really authentic relationships. Thus, the need to change our thinking.
Okay, okay, I see that big question hovering around out there: If you're not a naturally extroverted person is it just a wash for you? Absolutely not, because here's where metamorphosis plays the key role for bringing out your social butterfly:
1. Understand and know your personality
2. Set goals that are authentic to you and realistic
3. Don't disrespect your comfort zone but do nudge yourself beyond it
4. Connect with friends first on the internet then find others with like minded interests to friend
5. Expand your social connections through the internet and in the real world at events & conferences
6. Set your intention for what you'd like to give the connection as well as gain from it
The metamorphosis from introverted to less being less of an introvert can leave you with some degree of anxiety, but we all recognize that there's great benefit in getting out of our comfort zone. It can be a bit scary at first, but 9 times out of 10 after we've done it we think: I'm actually glad I did that! When you practice these 6 steps you'll begin to change your thinking and begin to seek out connections that will dramatically increase your net worth.
Okay, here are your marching orders: Starting today, practice the 6 steps and increase your net worth by being present in the world and practicing authentic connection. Expand your net-worthing efforts and you're bound to experience a great deal of gain.
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Denise J. Hart, The Motivated Mindset Coach, is committed to helping women design their “Don’t Quit” attitude and KICK fear to the curb. She’s a member of world renowned speaker and transformation coach, Lisa Nichols’ Global Leaders team and author of the forthcoming book, “Your Daily Mindset Mojo – 365 power thoughts to help you change your mindset and transform your life!” Get your free daily mindset mojo inspiration at http://www.365daysofmindsetmojo.com