My LinkedIn network includes over 2,000 people; but most of them only know me through my past. They remember me as a social media consultant, or a government manager, or a teacher, or a classmate. They don’t necessarily know who I am today or where I want to be tomorrow.
Carol Fishman Cohen describes this concept as being “frozen in time.” Simply stated, it’s when people from your past only know your past.
Whether you embraced a new career direction, started a family, or took on new responsibilities, if the people from your past aren’t aware of who you are today, then their perspective of you is dated.
The barrier shows itself when I reach out to John or Sally for a referral or recommendation, and we quickly recognize that neither of knows the other as we want to be known today. We are living in the other’s past. We are frozen in time.
I want people to know where I’m living, what I’m doing with my life, and where I see myself in five years. I’m slowly reaching out to those LinkedIn connections (and others spread across social media) to tell them my story and build upon our past relationship to create something new.