Sometime flashes of brilliance seem to happen out of nowhere, and a solution pops into your seemingly out of nowhere. It’s the epiphany you have been waiting for. An epiphany is a moment when you have a brilliant flash of clarity, sometimes it’s the motivation you need to make radical changes, sometimes it’s the realization that your life is not what you want it to be.
Many people go looking to therapists or life coaches looking for an epiphany. Looking for all of the emotional pain they carry to be wiped away with one aha moment. Having an epiphany is a great thing, but what you do with that moment of clarity is really what is important. Our habits have become ingrained over a lifetime that changing behavior is more difficult. An epiphany will force you to see life and your situation in a different light.
Here are Epiphanies Everyone Should Have that Will Make Your Life Better
You are not defined by a number on a scale
At the end of your life that last thing you’re going to be thinking about is what you weighed at 30. Forget the diet obsession, the numbers on a scale or living on grapefruit for days at a time. The only thing that matters is your health and how you feel.
There is nothing wrong with being alone
The fear of growing old alone is common one and people often find themselves settling for a situation they aren’t happy with. Learn to be comfortable with your own company.
You aren’t defined by what people say
What matters is how you feel about yourself, you can choose. Don’t let others define you and tell you who you are, your worth is not defined by the irrelevant opinions of other people.
You will never be finished
You will never stop learning, your to do list will never be done and there will always be some chore you have to do. That’s what life is all about. Focus on the end result and celebrate everything you’ve accomplished.
Your purpose will find you
You will go through many transitions to get to a place of happiness and fulfillment. Pain and heartache are going to be part of the journey but they have their purpose too. Don’t waste time with regrets, every experience will help you become who you were meant to be. Take the journey for what it is and embrace it.
An epiphany will happen to you rather unexpectedly, that is the nature of epiphanies. Embrace them when they come to you and take action on what you have learned.
Everybody can have an epiphany at any moment and often several times in their lives. The circumstances and places can contribute to you experiencing your own epiphany. That sudden realization, moment of clarity can have a big impact on your life or it could be just a small thing that finally comes to you. The bigger aha moments can be life defining, where you take that information and change your life.
Listen to the Universe
Epiphany or aha moment it matters less what you call and more that you pay attention to what the universe is trying to tell you. This is part of the Law of Attraction at work. When you release your desires and your intentions into the universe, the answers you are looking for may not come to you right away. Nor will they come to you in the manner you wish but instead in the manner the universe chooses. It’s these moments you need to listen to, they will help change the way you think and your perspective on life. You can use this as an opportunity to live the life you have always wanted.
For Better or Worse
Once you become aware of the laws of attraction, you will realize how it has been working for you throughout your life for better or for worse. Once you harness the power of the laws of attraction and you embrace it you can transform your life for the positive. Release your positive, powerful intentions into the universe you will find the results to be fascinating.
The universe will give the insight you need to not only move forward in your life but to live the best life possible. Trust that the universe will know what is best for you and be aware, you will need to keep an open mind and understand the revelations you will receive.
Let it Come From Your Heart
When you finally decide to make drastic changes in your life, trust your intuition. That gut feeling that you get, but your epiphanies won’t work unless you are prepared to take action on them. When the actions you take feel good to you, then trust that the action you are taking is the right thing for you. Make your changes one step at a time and your aha moments will come to you easily in the future and help you with the direction you need to go.
One of the most powerful market research tools that you have at your fingertips is your business blog.
You can learn everything about your audience with a few well written posts – their thoughts, their feelings and of course, their buying habits.
Blog posts are created with social media in mind, and should be used to interact with your audience.
If you use your business blog well, you can find out all kinds of information through it and that information will enable you to develop future products and services.
Ones that your readers actually want and will pay for. So how can you use your blog as one of your main market research platforms?
Let’s dig in.
Ask a Question
Come right out with it and ask a question in your blog post. Your audience and conversation is a two-way street, they’ll happily share what works for them – if you let them.
Write a blog post on a topic related to your business or product, and then at the end, ask readers what they think. They’ll give their opinions in the comments and you’ll learn valuable data about your product and service offering – live R&D
Always Answer Comments
Just because you asked a question, your job is far from done. You need to take the time to respond to every commenter.
Thank them and comment on something they said
Answer their question if they’ve asked one.
Use this opportunity to follow up on their comments and ask them for more details.
In a market research style blog post your job is to make everyone, every commenter feel valued. After all, they’ve taken the time to help you and your business.
Email for More Info
You can also choose to email respondents for follow-up details. Sometimes this can be a better approach because your reader may be more willing to share their opinions on your products and services privately with you.
You do not want to look like you’re soliciting information or praise – that feels false, and your reader can detect that easily.
Only use the email address they provide on the blog’s comment form. Now this is something I don’t do as the privacy laws in the UK are different to those in the US, however, if I see they are subscribed to my newsletter as well, then I will reach out in private, as they have opted into communication and dialogue with me.
I tend to send a link to the post and express an interest in their opinion and thoughts on the topic.
You can always offer up your email address in post for private feedback or suggest they use your contact form if you prefer.
Making Your Blog a Nice, Safe Neighborhood
Often, people won’t leave their comments because they’re afraid of getting attacked or insulted.
I’ve stopped commenting on other blogs when other commenters have attacked people and the blog owner has ignored it. I don’t like to read bitchiness in the comments. Bitchy comments affect your business, they show the commenter and you in a not so positive light.
Help your commenters overcome their fear by aiming to be as supportive and personal as possible.
While your business blog should generally stick to business related topics, share a personal story sometimes and make it feel human rather than cold and sterile. And if there is any bitchiness, stamp on it quick, you may think it’s banter and harmless but I’m not the only person put off by it.
Use Comments for Future Posts
When people comment on your blog, they tell you what they like or don’t like. They may also express interest in learning more about something. Use this feedback for future blog posts.
For example, readers may ask a question about something you said in the post or something related to it. If you use the Editorial Calendar Plugin then add these ideas to the titles section. Start a list of these topics that your readers are interested in.
You’ll get the triple benefit of a ready source of new blog post ideas while giving your audience what they want and making them feel part of your community at the same time.
Spy on Your Competition
You can get great information about your market-place just by looking at your competitors’ blogs.
There’s a good chance you share your audience with them, so see what their readers have to say in the comments. Join in and leave a comment too, you can get traffic back to your own blog from a well placed, supportive comment.
You can use your competitors’ blogs for future post ideas as well. There is no copyright on a comment, so you can expand upon something you read, although it’s good practice to state your source. In fact, I’d insist on stating the source, it can lead to a friendship and all kinds of joint venture opportunities.
Beyond Your Blog
The technique of asking questions to get a discussion going for market research purposes is one you can use anywhere. Try posting your blog post on your Facebook profile, Twitter feed or any forums you belong to.
The key is to approach it not as a marketer gathering information, but as a friend asking for opinions. This makes people much more comfortable and the information they give you will be more honest and thoughtful.
And finally, remember there are many types of post you should be using on your business blog. Market research posts are just one type and you shouldn’t over do them. Remember to write the hyper useful posts that give back to your readers:
How to posts
And avoid coma business blog posts
And always share with your readers the results of your research – as an extra for newsletter subscribers or as another blog post. This is another way of thanking them for their time.
Over to you – have you used your blog for market research? How did it go? What extra would you add to this?