This is a continuation of the Strategy chapter in Trajectory.
Effective Strategy Requires An Irrevocable Commitment
You may remember from the Introduction, that there are four objectives around which the Trajectory Formula is constructed.
The first three objectives dealt with honing your Twitter strategy until Critical Mass and Trajectory take over — making your strategy effective.
Objective four was to prepare you for the emergence of new technology — as strategies, tools, techniques and Social Media venues inevitably evolve.
In April, 2010, I made a strategic decision to maximize Twitter by building a highly engaged following of 50,000 individuals.
Much more than a decision, it was a rock-solid, irrevocable commitment.
I also committed myself to the notion that I would accomplish this objective alone, so that entrepreneurs like you could look at the tangible results and remain encouraged through good times and bad. This too was an irrevocable commitment.
Why Is This So Important?
Strategy is all about commitment — and if what you’re doing isn’t irrevocable, then you don’t have a strategy you have an idea.
You have a solution du jour — something that is enjoying great but possibly short-lived popularity.
Ultimately, if you don’t commit you will not succeed, because when the going gets tough you will falter. You will give up. You will be susceptible to the next big idea, whether it is in your best interest or not.
Even worse, you may allow yourself to become a hostage to the new approach, working countless hours in pursuit of a new objective before you have accomplished the last one.
One successful entrepreneur put it this way: “I’ve always wanted to treat life like I was an invading army and there was no turning back.” This is sage advice.
What Is The Take-Away From This Notion?
It is very important to remember that Trajectory is not just a book about Twitter.
It is a book about accomplishment.
It is a book about results.
It is a book about making sensible plans — and then sticking with them tenaciously.
The principles you will learn in these pages will make you agile, knowledgeable and fully prepared for whatever comes next. Importantly, they will teach you to be circumspect. They will make you heedful of circumstances and the potential consequences of every strategic decision. Hopefully, they will make you prudent. They will make you single-minded. They will make you resilient in the face of hardship and resolute in the face of change.
Ultimately, they will teach you that being prepared for whatever comes next is not a license to make ineffective and inefficient decisions or to arbitrarily abandon your plans for the next great idea.
Your Role As A Social Media Strategist
As a Social Media Strategist, you must be aggressive and knowledgeable — but you must also be discerning.
The only thing certain about change is that it is inevitable — and your role as a Social Media expert is to make recommendations that are in the current best interest of your various constituencies. Change for the sake of change may not always be the best approach.
Good examples are the sweeping changes that have taken place recently with Facebook and Google Plus. Recent industry press has been overwhelmed with commentary, pro and con, concerning these new series of developments.
In order to place these changes in the proper perspective, you must revisit the two keys to proper strategy:
You must know what you are trying to do.
You must know where you are trying to go.
You must know what you are trying to do. If after careful consideration, your strategy is to maximize Twitter for the benefit of your business, you must remain heavily involved with that strategy until it is accomplished. While it is easy to get sidetracked by other approaches as they mature and improve, a competent strategist will resist the urge to change until his original objective is met. Accomplishment, after all, is essential to success — and accomplishment is impossible without laser-like focus.
As the Social Media landscape changes, which it will and must, my humble suggestion is that you heed the advice of Thomas Alva Edison, one of the most successful and resilient inventors in American history.
He was a man of single-minded dedication.
During his career he was awarded over a thousand patents, but his overarching objective was to master the technology of the electric light — and to commercialize it.
He failed over 900 times before he finally achieved his original objective — but he never gave up. He never faltered.
He once remarked:
“The three great essentials to achieve anything worth while are, first, hard work; second, stick-to-itiveness; third, common sense.”
If the successful usage of Twitter is your goal — and if you made that decision using common sense — stick to it. Work long and hard.
You must know where you are trying to go. The Trajectory Formula presupposes that you are a confident and informed decision-maker. It also recognizes that you have certain qualities of leadership that will inspire others to follow you. Taken together, these two central themes demand that you maintain your ground.
Let’s face it, choosing Twitter over other available options for business growth is not the popular decision. Many knowledgeable men and women have taken another course. But I chose Twitter, and presumably you did as well or you wouldn’t be reading this book. Perhaps you are searching for answers, which is where I was before embarking on this strategy. Perhaps you have decided and need reinforcement.
Either way, chart your course and maintain it vigorously.
Look at it this way, all Social Media is in a state of flux. It is new and mostly unproven. But it is a major departure in the way marketing has always been conducted. It is refreshing and new. It is a complete paradigm shift in a marketplace that desperately needs change. By pushing its limits, by remaining confident and taking a position of leadership, you will be making business history.