A Shift In Focus

March 12, 2011 by  
Filed under business, personal development



Today I realized that I’ve been playing kinda small, and for that I apologize to you guys.

For as long as I remember, I’ve been passionate about entrepreneurship. I’m naturally a big dreamer and you guys know that I love to inspire others, drop an encouraging word and contemplate how great we all can be. But in my quest to build this blog, I got lost in the sauce somewhere.

Lately I’ve been more concerned with popularity than the value I give to you – with the number of subscribers and Facebook fans I have, how I measure up to similar bloggers, the kind of recognition I could receive from this. When all of that isn’t the point, and never was.

I lost sight of the fact that this isn’t about me – it’s about you.

When I stay true to my core self, you guys benefit. When I’m excited, when I’m motivated, when I’m growing, I can better take you along with me. Since I veered off someplace else, it’s been hard for me to write. Since I wanted to put a glossy finish to everything, I wasn’t being the best me I can be and my words and thoughts have stopped flowing like they used to. I didn’t want to show you my mistakes, didn’t want to look too close at what’s not working or admit that I could do better – because that would mean I’m not doing my best now.

How does the saying go? The truth shall set you free?

In my effort to include as many people as I could in my blog audience, I wasn’t including myself. I was trying to write about what I thought you guys needed, which resulted in me leaving out the things I’m most excited about – entrepreneurship, and lifestyle design and optimal living. And in the end I wasn’t writing about what either of us ultimately need.

So that’s where my focus will be, from now on. I realize that some of you aren’t into those topics and won’t come along with me, and I’ll come to terms with that. If, at the end of the day, there’s only one person here – me – I’ll be okay with that. This isn’t a personal blog, even though I write about personal topics sometimes – my mission is to motivate you. But if you are looking for something else than what I have, that’s okay too.

The biggest part of this change is that I’ll write more about topics that I haven’t become proficient at yet. I’m still building my business empire and becoming the person that I dream about growing into, and it’s not an easy thing to publicly say “hey, I’m not there yet”. But that’s some of what I’ll be doing here.

So what do you guys think about my shift in focus? At the end of the day, we don’t all have the same dreams, and I want to help as many of my readers as I can reach the dreams I’m best able to motivate you guys to pursue.


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10 Responses to “A Shift In Focus”
  1. tertiaryanna says:

    You should write about what’s important to you. Best of luck!

  2. GoddessM says:

    Cosign with tertiaryanna. You’re not doing it for fans, you do it for the good. Whatever makes your heart shine, I support you.

  3. Nothing wrong with focusing on yourself, people will see something similar in your struggle. We all go through the same thing at times.

    What I remember (and still consider the best advice) is to try different business ventures (small experiments), because the business you assume that will NOT succeed is the one that does.

    • Anilia says:

      thanks for the advice Betty. I’m doing that now… only so many hours in the day though. So I’m adjusting to deciding which project to work on first and at what point to start working on the next one.

      I wasn’t suggesting the focus be on me though, but more entrepreneurial motivation. I know some readers aren’t entrepreneurs so my posts going forward won’t resonate with everyone.

  4. Tammy says:

    If you were writing about monkeys I still will support for I ALWAYS find something motivational in your blogs!

  5. Meena says:

    I can understand what you mean when you stated:”I was trying to write about what I thought you guys needed, which resulted in me leaving out the things I’m most excited about”

    Sometimes I think the underlying idea regarding BWE is everything must be considered a major movement and all blog entries must be perfect and address the needs of every woman that is reading. However, it can become very easy to get lost with all of this expectations of what a BWE site should be. I do not know if you identify your blog as BWE, but I certainly think you are one of many BWE writers whom I enjoy reading. I also believe that when you write about things that you are passionate about the most, it endears quality people to you. I too have a passion for entrepreneurship. I actually have a notebook and folder on my computer that I use to store the many business ideas that come to my mind on a whim. The real test is whether I can choose one of these plans and turn it into an actual business. Quieting that voice in my head that says gives me self-doubt is something I still struggle with.

    Regardless of the direction you take with Motivated Sista, I think you can count me in as one of your readers because you have done an excellent job thus far.

    • Anilia says:

      all blog entries must be perfect and address the needs of every woman that is reading.

      it is very easy to get caught up in that mentality, especially when your stats start moving up and you want to attract more readers. I’m sure you identify with your point, since you’re a fellow blogger. But it’s a huge distraction to the actual writing and I’m working to get away from that mentality.

      I do not know if you identify your blog as BWE, but I certainly think you are one of many BWE writers whom I enjoy reading.

      actually, I don’t. I definitely get alot out of the BWE blogs, but I don’t consider myself one. Mainly b/c I don’t write about interracial dating that much (only here and there), and I’m still working on dating myself. But I’m flattered that you put Motivated Sista in that category.

      The real test is whether I can choose one of these plans and turn it into an actual business.

      please believe that you can!! The biggest part of starting a business is the actual starting. It’s super easy to get stuck in the ‘what if this doesn’t work’ type of mindset and overthink the whole endeavor. But taking the 1st step to make your idea tangible will bring you closer than you think to fruition.

      Quieting that voice in my head that says gives me self-doubt is something I still struggle with.

      lately I haven’t even bothered trying to quiet that voice. I just act through the chatter. It’s very scary, no doubt, but its sooo gratifying when you can say, “hey that worked! I was doubtful for nothing!” Try writing out all your doubts, and then right next to or under each one write why the doubt isn’t true.

      Regardless of the direction you take with Motivated Sista, I think you can count me in as one of your readers because you have done an excellent job thus far.

      thank you dear! I’m glad you enjoy my blog and I hope I motivate you to start on at least one of your ideas 😉

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