The Secret to Finishing Your Course (Hint: It Has Nothing to Do With Your Content)

I seem to have the worst luck when it comes to being in the water. (Do you remember that crazy Argentina trip!?)

Make a Choice about your online course.

There I was, in my wetsuit, paddling out into the cool Pacific Ocean. I was so ecstatic – finally learning how to surf.

After a few hours of surfing, I was exhausted and ready to return to shore. I began paddling with all of my might.  But, this invisible force kept pulling me further and further away from the shore.

Riptide! I was caught in a riptide — a strong ocean current keeping me stagnant and in the same spot.  

Getting Nowhere Fast

No matter how hard I paddled or which direction I went, I was stuck in the water.

So, what does my surfing adventures have to do with you?

You see, me being stuck in a riptide is similar to how we oftentimes get stuck on projects or our To Do List.

Do you ever feel caught in your own personal riptide? Do you ever just feel stuck in a place where you can’t decide whether you should do something or not?

You see, I’ve been talking to a few lovely ladies about their courses and I’ve noticed a  common theme: indecision.

  • Should I  create slides or PDFs?
  • Should I include all of this content or should I leave some of it out?
  • Should I use some of my course for my opt-in offer?
  • What is the maximum/minimum length of a video for a course?

And, yup, I wholeheartedly agree there are some sound teaching principles that’ll help you guide your decisions about your course to make it the most impactful and valuable for your learners. Period.

But…

I’m saying this in the most caring way possible: Girl, at a certain point, you just need to make a choice!

Now, I’m not one to point fingers as I recently found myself in the same boat. I’m currently in the middle of creating a course, and I spent two weeks deciding whether or not I’d record videos or slides! Good-gosh, that’s a whole lotta time!

That place of indecision keeps you frustrated, unaccomplished, and away from your goals. (And, as you know, the world needs you to move on those goals.)

So, I wrote this post today as encouragement to you. Encouraging you to step back, take a walk,  realize everything is going to be alright, and to make a choice.

I know this to be true: Your course, your project, your blog post, your videos, your writing, your _______ (fill in the blank) will evolve. It will grow. It will improve. It will be different in it’s 2nd, 3rd, and 4th phases.

But, it needs to get out into the world. In order to do that, you have to make a choice.

Move past your riptide of indecision. It’s all about doing the work.

Sometimes that’s easier said than done, right?

Let’s Get Out of the Funk

Reach out to your peeps.

1. Chatting with Readers

Whenever I’m indecisive, I reach out to readers of my blog. Sometimes it helps to get out of our own head and ask the people who’ve signed up to hear what you have to say. You’re writing the content for them, right? Why not ask them.

For me, I can always count on June of Miraculous Ladies and Jill of With Intent (my very first readers of the blog) to give me advice as to what works and doesn’t work! They’re always super helpful in giving me feedback. They help me step away from myself and give me a different perspective.

I’ve also had success with sending surveys and asking questions in an email, too. Do what feels right. Experiment. Reach out.

Spend a set amount of time doing research.2. Spending a Set Amount of Time Researching
Oftentimes, we’re in information overload and don’t know what to do! You know those two weeks I spent contemplating whether to record slides or video? Well, I wasted that time because I couldn’t decide which piece of technology I would use. So, I spent weeks researching this product and that product. But, sometimes we fool ourselves into thinking that research is actual work. (Just like I fool myself into thinking that chocolate is an actual food group.)

I’m not saying don’t research. But, what I am saying is that you should give yourself a set amount of time. How about set a timer for 45minutes? Or, only do research for 20 minutes a day? This way you’re not spending all of your time thinking about what can be done. You’re actually spending time doing the work that matters.

Get feedback on your content.3. Knowing that You Can and Will Get Feedback
If you’re going to launch your first course or product, you can do so as a pilot course to get feedback from your participants. They’re the ones who are going to give you the best information about what works and what doesn’t work. Use their feedback to make changes and implement some of the things you left out the first time. What’s the most important is the core content. Always.

Today, take a pledge with me that you’ll take one step forward on that one question you’ve been pondering. That one project that’s been lingering. That one decision that has you moving back and forth like you’re doing the Hokey Pokey.

And, if you need a second set of eyes to help review your course, the JumpStart Sessions might be the thing you need!

Jump start your online course creations.

In the comments below, let us know what decision you’ve been brewing over and how you’re going to move forward on it.

And, while you’re at it, let me know what one activity is on your Summer Bucket List. (You’ll catch me in the waves.)

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