My sister's high-powered business coach Cathy Crosky suggested something over a year ago. Last Fall, I got around to trying it: Cup your hands in front of you and ask for what you want. Do this for three minutes, every day. "You can ask for anything - money, happiness ... YouTube views!" And, she added, "It works!"
Superficial me, I thought, I'm going for YouTube views. And so I dutifully did it, the cupping of the hands thing. And I did it for a while. I asked for 5,000 views on one video in a short period of time. I like round numbers and didn't want to push my luck asking for 50,000. Nothing was happening and, even for me, it seemed a little flakey. Eventually, I stopped trying.
And then, out of the blue, in late December, the radio psychic video racked up more than 11,000 views, about 6800 of them on one day! I was astonished. I was thrilled. It was hard to look away from the computer. So what if it was Christmas Eve? I was intoxicated with success.
In 7+ years of posting videos to YouTube, nothing like this had ever happened. Well, never before had Ellen DeGeneres' name been in a title, either. But there are plenty of videos out there with 'Ellen' in the title not getting those kinds of views.
It wasn't long before excitement was replaced by anxiety. "Is it slowing? Is it STOPPING? Where is it posted? How can I make this continue? How can I make this happen again?"
But then came the most surprising thing of all: thrilling as it was to get the rush of views, it was only thrilling for a short time. I heard the voice of Ben Affleck (or Matt Damon) - one of them said something like: "Fame is the Most Amazing thing imaginable. For about 25 minutes." Whaaa?
So for the past few months, I've had my hands cupped asking for something else - to be satisfied with what I have. Most of the time, it's working. Maybe now I'm ready to add back the part about the YouTube views. (You notice I said 'add'.) And maybe now I'll ask for millions.