Your online persona is the digital version of yourself and is accessible to the greater public via online distribution channels. It’s not the full picture of who you are, but it represents how you’re perceived by others and how you wish to represent yourself.
So I thought I’d tell you what I believe your online persona can do for your potential and a few things that you should have a base. I will also give you the best piece of advice for I received when crafting your online persona.
Your Online Potential
Your potential is limitless, yet you set limits on your own potential by what you believe. If you believe you are a crummy artist than you are a crummy artist. If you have difficulties with this in real life, find relief in knowing that your online potential is controllable. You’re able to craft and hone this potential by creating the things you want to be known for. It’s what helps make you successful – and define to others, what success means to you.
Many show up online just as they are. Following the “just be yourself” principle.
Great advice to follow if you are dating someone, but this could pull you away from taking actions that enable others to see your results and work toward your potential.
To Craft Your Online Persona – Your Base
1. Get to the core of the matter
Your core online is a blog. As of the date of this post, you must and should have a blog for sharing your research, experiments and knowledge in a field or sector of your passion. Hopefully, you’re working in a sector you’re passionate about since this will make creating content easier. If you’re not working in your area of interest that’s ok, see step 2. A blog will help you build an audience and provide evidence of your knowledge and experiences, the life blood of a persona. How does the perception of online persona impact your potential success? Start a blog – develop an audience and then think of something to sell them.
2. What do you want to be known for?
The best part about having an online persona is that YOU decide what you are known for. What value, marketable skills, qualities, realities and perceptions do you want others to see in you? What are the qualities and perceptions of people you admire? What do see about them – good and bad?
3. What is valued or admired in your passion?
The success of your online persona is only as strong as the environments you participate in. If you add up all of the elements and decide that you want to be known as a political debater, who wears suits to work, responds to email and networks with politicians… then your online persona needs to present these qualities in order for it to work to your advantage.
4. Past successes can equal future gains.
Make sure you’re making your past successes available. It’s these qualifiers that show who you are and where you want to go. Do you want to work in a field where you have no professional experience? An online persona can help you build experience. Again, the blog acts as a portfolio of ideas and previous work. When engaging with someone on social media they are able to “research” you. Make sure they have plenty to look at.
5. Image is everything
Pick any of the famous sayings… “Fake it til you make it.” “Dress for the part you want, not the one you have.” And so on. What these are saying is that how you present your online persona, the shipshape package that you put it in, will play a large role in the sustainability of your success.
Best Piece of Advice
Be wise, because the world needs more wisdom, and if you cannot be wise, pretend to be someone who is wise, and then just behave like they would.
Even if it’s pretend – Make sure your online persona reflects who you want to be even if you don’t believe it just yet.
Why are you reading this?
You desire to create an online persona that truly allows you to meet your potential by helping you become more successful.
Tweetable: “The most important relationship you have is the one with yourself, because everyone, and everything, is a reflection of that relationship.” ~ Esperanza
I’d love to hear from you below in the comments:
What have you added to your online persona? How has that served you well?