Recently, I made a pretty interesting re-discovery…
I suck at skateboarding!
Well… to be more exact, I suck at skateboarding when trying to skate in a way that I am not used to!
You see, a few days ago, I tried skating on my new longboard using the other side of my body. I normally have my left foot in front, so this time, I tried having my right foot in front!
Well… as predicted, I came off my longboard in a rather embarrassing way!
It did remind me about when I first started video blogging (vlogging). And it highlighted some SUPER important aspects any new video blogger should know about.
Inside today’s video, I mention the powerful concept of flow by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience - aff link), and how you ABSOLUTELY require it for success in video blogging.
Watch my video from today, and learn how you can prevent yourself from “falling off” your video blogging experience!
PS… Notice how stable this video is even when I skate and glide? Not many people will think that I am filming this myself using my iPhone and my nifty monopod, which I absolutely love. You can get one for yourself here – iStabilizer ISTMP01 Smartphone Monopod (aff link).
Transcript Of Today’s Video
The other day I went longboarding; but this time I went for a different reason. I wanted to learn how to longboard using the other side of my body; so, turning the other way around. I’ve never done this before and I actually came off. I almost hurt myself.
Thinking about video blogging, that reminded me about something that was quite interesting. So I accidentally stumbled on something very interesting.
The discovery that I made was that skateboarding or longboarding is actually very similar to video blogging, or at least the beginning of it. What I discovered was that with both of them, if you want to be good at them, you need to know about this thing called “flow”.
At the beginning, when you learn any new skill like skateboarding for example, you find it very difficult. Your brain is not quite used to having that skill and so you have to struggle along, you keep falling off until you have reconditioned your brain.
There’s actually been a lot of research done on this thing called “FLOW”. I like to explain a little bit more to you right now.
There’s this really clever dude with an unpronounceable name that wrote the book “Flow”. It’s basically the study on a research behind getting into a “state of flow”. Often with sports players and tennis players they might say something like they really in the zoom where they are at their best performance. That’s really just another way of saying they are in flow.
This book talks about the conditions of getting into flow and how important it is to get into the flow to be able to do your best kind of work. Just as with skateboarding, as it is with video blogging. When you’re learning for the first time, it’s really difficult to get into that flow state. So at the beginning, a lot of people might give up because they didn’t quite get into that flow state so they never quite get a really nice result.
Three Conditions You Need For Getting Into That Flow State
First is to have a really clear set of goals.
The second one is to have an immediate feedback loop as you’re working towards that goal.
The third one is to make sure that the challenge that you have at hand is matched really well with your skill level. In other words, if your challenge is too big for your skill level, then you might feel overwhelmed and you might not be able to continue; you might want to give up. On the other hand, if your challenge is too low for your skill level, you might get bored and you’ll be out of the state of flow.
You want to make sure that you get into that magic zone where your skill and challenge levels are really well-matched to get you into that flow state so you could be as productive as possible.
How “Flow” Applies To Video Blogging
Next, let’s have a look at how this applies to video blogging because it is really what this is all about. There are five steps and let’s hop through them right now.
Step 1 – Ask the question “Why?”
Why are you doing this?
If I could relate it to my skateboarding or longboarding, the reason why is because it’s just heaps of fun. I love doing it and it is also really good for fitness. It’s a really good way to provide me with motivation.
If you ask that question to yourself why you are video blogging. If you really have a clear and good answer for that, that can often help you with motivation.
Motivation is very important especially when you’re trying to learn a new skill so you want to keep on going. So ask that question why; why you’re doing this? If you have a really good answer, that will help you for your motivation so that you can keep going.
Step 2 – Set clear goals
The next thing is to set some clear goals of what you want to achieve with this new thing that you want to do with video blogging. For me, with the longboarding example the goal for me there is just to become a proficient longboarder or skateboarder so that I can enjoy it. It’s a nice past-time activity for me.
Similarly for you with video blogging, what is your goal there? Do you want to just be proficient? Do you want to use it for getting traffic or a ton of views on YouTube? Do you want to use it just for branding? What do you want to use this video thing for?
Think about that clearly and set that goal so that you have something to aim for. This is going to help you a lot later on as you grow in your video blogging experience.
Step 3 – Get the right information
Next up is to get information on how to actually do it. With me with skateboarding thing, the first thing I did was went on YouTube and I typed in things like skateboarding techniques or skateboarding for beginners or how to skateboard. That helped me tremendously to just figure out some of the basic things to help me achieve this goal that I’ve set for me.
Similarly for you with video blogging and using online video to help grow your business. There’s a ton of information out there to help you succeed. The trick often is finding the right information that can give you the best shortcuts.
I’ve been doing this for quite a long time now and that’s why I wrote that Report, Rapid Video Blogging to help people follow along the path that I’ve gone through and help them get the shortcuts.
There’s a link below this video. If you are interested; if you haven’t got that Report yet, it’s called Rapid Video Blogging. It’s 92 pages long, filled with solid information on growing your business using video marketing, specifically video blogging.
Yeah, you can find other information too if you just google it or go to YouTube. There’s a ton of information that can help you become really good.
So that’s the next step. Find the right information to help you get to where you want to be at. Finding the right information will give you that roadmap for where you want to go, which is very very important.
Step 4 – Get a result
The next step is really where the rubber meets the road. This is where you’ve got to take some kind of an action to get a result. A really key distinction here, this is the one that I learned the hard way with my skateboarding, is that you need to find the action that is really easy, something that you can actually achieve.
With my skateboarding, I tried to do the whole thing all at once. I kept on coming off, it wasn’t very much fun. What I then did was I figured out what are the basic things I need to do to be able to pull this off. And then it was a lot easier. I mastered that first and then moved on to the next step.
The same thing for you, you need to figure out what that next action is for you. What’s a really simple action you can take so that you can get a result. Because once you get a result, you create that feedback loop for you to be able to see whether you are on the right track or not.
This is absolutely critical. This is where the rubber meets the road, or where the skateboard wheel meets the road; whatever analogy you want to use.
Step 5 – Course correct
The final step is to basically course correct based on the results that you are getting from the actions that you’re taking. So if you’re getting a result that is less than stellar, you need to do something to help improve that. For example on my skateboard, if I keep on falling off I know there’s something I’m not doing right. That’s a result, not necessarily a good result, but it’s a result. And that gives me that feedback to be able to course correct.
That’s the beautiful thing about flow. You can have this constant feedback loop so that you can course correct. I think that’s very important. As you’re course correcting, your skill level improves. And if you do that enough, you’ll get into that flow state. Once you build your skill level high enough, once you’ve course corrected enough, you get into that flow state.
The same thing happens with video blogging. Once you’ve gotten over that fear of being in front of the camera, the issues with dealing with the technical stuff, the issue with talking fluently in front of the camera. Once you’ve built up that skill level and get into that flow level, it becomes really really easy and fun to create videos on a regular basis. You will also find that your videos will become more engaging, more effective and more powerful as you go along.
Alright, let’s wrap this thing up. There are five steps I believe that you need to take for getting into a flow state for video blogging.
The first step is to ask yourself the question “Why”; why you’re doing this. That will give you motivation for keeping going.
The second step is to set clear goals. They will give you clarity to help you know where you should go.
The third step is to get the right information on where you should go. This will really provide a roadmap for you to get to your goals.
The fourth step is to take just the really easy and simple action just so that you get a result, so that you get some feedback, so that you can create that feedback loop that will help you progress in your efforts.
And the final step of course, is to use that feedback to course correct and to get better, to get into that flow state eventually once you’ve built up that skill.
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