Video Goals That Make a Difference

Do you ever feel self-conscious filming videos? Try this.
Do you ever feel self-conscious filming videos? Try this.
Do you ever feel self-conscious filming videos? Try this.

Does recording yourself on video make you self-conscious?

It does for me. Or at least, I should say, it used to.

I've spoken with some beautiful people lately. Beautiful minds and beautiful messages. They've shared how they want to record more videos to grow their personal brand, but something is stopping them.

Honestly, I don't blame them. The internet is a crazy place.

And that's just talking about external factors.

Internally, one of my biggest fears when I started recording videos wasn't that I would dislike what I saw...it's that I would become self-absorbed and my personality would change.

I was worried that one of my better qualities, being empathetic and not your cliche Los Angeles person, would be replaced by an obsession over my looks.

Well, with a sample size of 1,000+ videos I've recorded at this point, I can safely say I didn't succumb to my fears. My interactions IRL seem about the same...except I think I've become a bit of a better communicator.

I've been giving it some thought about how I was able to get out of my own way and start recording. For the sake of brevity, I'm going to give you a shortened version:

  1. I set a clear publishing goal.

My very first goal in 2021 was to make 100 Instagram posts.

These days, my goal is to publish a short-form video every single day.

  1. I think of someone directly while I'm recording.

Sometimes, I record videos for myself. These are things I want to remember, workflows, or apps.

But most of the time, I'm recording with a specific person in mind. Maybe someone who's messaged me a challenge they're working through. In fact, this email is a perfect example of that.

  1. I set aside my feelings and focus on what's important.

Originally, pressing upload felt connected to my feelings. These days, I don't ride high or low based on a post. My mission is to just keep going, keep sharing, keep connecting.

And on the topic of connecting, I don't think social media is the best place for connection. It's a great place to make initial connections and ongoing little check-ins...

but I've found true depth happens in other places.

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©2024 Dylan Schmidt

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