To evolve means to change or develop over time. When we think of the concept of evolution in animals, different species of animals have evolved to fit the environment around them.
Now apply that your life.
Did you just have an “aha” moment?
Actually my “aha” moment came a few days ago when I was updating this website. I thought about all the revisions that I’ve made to it since I first started blogging back in 2012. Those thoughts led me to think of all the changes I’ve made spiritually, mentally and emotionally throughout my life and one word came to mind to capture all those thoughts and string them together – evolution.
By nature I’m very sure of certain things. I’m sure of the type of lifestyle I want to live. I’m sure of who I am and what I believe in and I’m sure of where I want to be in x number of years from now. It’s good to be sure and decisive, but you can also get in your own way. Trust me, I know.
The problem for me with being so sure is that in the past, I didn’t leave much room for change. I didn’t factor in all the different variables and happenstances that could take place. I was hindering my own growth by thinking and believing that I had it all figured out.
Take this blog for example.
When I first started blogging, I took the easy approach. I did what every other blog I followed was doing and that was writing about celebrities and entertainment. I’ve never had an interest in celebs beyond just enjoying music and films and I didn’t even watch most of the shows that I wrote about. But for some reason, I thought I knew the blogging recipe for success.
Well, it didn’t work. Yeah I gained a following and a large readership, but I wasn’t fulfilling the need that led me to create a blog in the first place.
After blogging became more of a chore than a creative outlet, I knew I had to switch gears otherwise everything that I’d built would be in vain. I assessed my situation, my goals, my strategies and I began to center my blog on the things I know best. I began to integrate suggestions that my readers, friends and families had been giving me for months.
My readership declined during that time frame but now that the bulk of the changes are over, I now have a product that I’m proud of and a place that overflows with positivity and value to whoever logs in and browses for a bit. I’m also connecting with new people, earning a different type of income from what I’ve earned in the past and for the first time in a long time I feel like I’ve found my sweet spot.
I shared that to say that I would never have the opportunities from my website that I have going forward had I not embraced the process of evolution.
Why is it that we stay in situations and seasons when they’re not helping us progress?
If you’re not moving forward, you’re moving backward or worse, you’re not moving at all. Now I’m a firm believer of being still and connecting with God for direction but I’m talking about being still and sitting on ideas and dreams as time passes you by.
Change is good and it’s damn hard. But it’s worth it in the end because of who you will or what your business can and will become.
You have to constantly evolve or like I’ve done with this blog, revise. If something isn’t working, you have to try another way. Read some books, seek professional advice or counsel, soul search, make a list…do whatever you have to do to keep growing and adapting to your environment.