Are you building a personal brand you're proud of?

 
Are you building a personal brand you're proud of? Every day, every interaction is building your personal brand. (Pin this!)

Are you building a personal brand you're proud of? Every day, every interaction is building your personal brand. (Pin this!)

 

Yesterday I was challenged while watching Seth Godin speak on MarieTV with Marie Forleo.

He asked this question that I want to share with you today and it’s one that I will do my best to carry with me every day.

 

“Does this interaction leave behind a trail that I’m proud of?”

 

This hit me. Hard.

As soon as I heard this question my mind started racing through all my recent interactions, and many of which I didn’t feel proud of the trail I left behind.

 

Every day, every interaction, this is the personal brand I’m cultivating. This is what I’m leaving people with. This is how I’m making people feel. (Read more about how your daily interactions affect your business here.)

Alright, grace time...if you’re like me, you beat yourself up over these things. Give yourself grace, we’re human.

 

This question begs us to dive deeper though, and that’s what I want to do with you right now.

“Does this interaction leave behind a trail that I’m proud of?”

 

This requires us to look at each interaction we have. One at a time. And I’ll bet as you do that, you realize that most of your interactions are also with one person at a time. Obviously there are times where many people could be involved in an interaction, but majorly it’s one. Just one person.

 

What if we took this question one step further and we decided to focus on one person at a time, and make it our goal to leave that one person with an amazing, positive experience? That way when we ask the question, “Does this interaction leave behind a trail that I’m proud of?” We can say yes!

Doesn’t that just take the pressure off? Thinking of just one someone at a time. It does for my little introverted heart.

 

If every day I’m cultivating my personal brand, I can’t be worried about the masses and how they see me. I need to focus on just one person at a time.

To apply this even more substantially to your business, think about the questions, “Does this interaction leave behind a trail that I’m proud of?” and apply that to one person before you send out marketing posts. Apply this question to the one person viewing your website. Apply this question to the one person reading your blog. For instance, that’s YOU right now reading this blog.

 

We can get so caught up in the popularity game right?

 

We need more followers in order to reach more people in order to make more money.

 

Well I say bologna.

 

Seth Godin quotes,
“Your life doesn’t get more sensational the more followers you have.”
 

It’s not about how many followers, it’s about the experience you provide to that one person interacting with you.

 
"It’s not about how many followers, it’s about the experience you provide to that one person interacting with you." - Brianne of BrightlyandCo.com (Tweet this!)

"It’s not about how many followers, it’s about the experience you provide to that one person interacting with you." - Brianne of BrightlyandCo.com (Tweet this!)

 

 

Plus, can I just bring up the fact that not everyone will like you? I know you’re super likeable, but again, we’re human...and that’s just the truth.

 

I used to think I needed to get everyone to like me. I was so afraid to be myself that I never got a good understanding of who I was and what my personal brand was. The truth is even to this day I’m still figuring it out, maybe we all are??

 

So let’s challenge ourselves to not worry about the masses. Let’s challenge ourselves to be the positive in our situation and ask ourselves daily, “Does this interaction leave behind a trail that I’m proud of?”

 

Let’s be proud of who we are and do more of that.

P.S. Can you imagine a world where everyone did this?? That would be pretty amazing right?