How many friends do you have on Facebook? 250? 2000?
I have precisely 555 “Facebook Friends.” I’m shamelessly proud of that number as I’ve carried it since I was 19. That number contains the weight of high school friends, college friends, study buddies, networking wins, and work “accomplices” over the past 10 years of my life. I can confidently say that it is my “self-made” community.
Thanks to technology, I can see these online acquaintances every day. I can wish them a “Happy Birthday” and share their enthusiasm when they have a new life event. However, due to the passive nature of being able to turn off my community at the click of a button, I often take this extended network for granted. I lose footing with these otherwise perfectly good relationships. This often leaves me asking, “how can I take better ownership of my community and my relationships?”
One benefit of using Pledgr is that its customizable goal feature can make me more aware of my community and how I play a part in it. It allows me to interact with my feed on a daily basis by actively creating goals and giving an opportunity for positive engagement in my community. Lets people in my feed know what goals I’m setting and if I’m achieving them.
Pledgr brings everyone into your cheering section working off the idea that even friends in the farthest reaches of your social circles can positively (and negatively) impact you with their support.
For example, Tim Ferriss, author and lifestyle brand ambassador, wasn’t always hitting his goals. When he was younger, Tim ran with a rough crowd that wasn’t engaged in Tim’s best interests.
One day he received a call from his uncle, who left a message on the family phone voicemail. “Your future looks like your five closest friends. Change your friends, and you change your future.” Tim took a long hard look at himself that day and realized he needed to expand his “cheer section” and get more acquainted with people who were looking out for his best interests.
When he reevaluated his friends, he started making new and better goals for himself that eventually led him down the road to Princeton University.
In the end, the quality of Tim’s friends indicated the quality of his life.
Now I’m not saying you need to change your friends, but you can at least own your community more.
Click here to begin harnessing the power of your current social circle with Pledgr, to help you work towards your goals and connect with your casual friends in an entirely new way.