Living My Dream Right Now
I keep telling myself that one day I’ll travel the world. One day I’ll get two dogs. One day I’ll take a road trip around the US. One day I’ll own a Bed & Breakfast.
I have these amazing dreams, but they all have the same theme in common – they’re hopes and dreams for the future. It’s always ONE DAY.
Recently, I’ve decided to hell with one day! I’m going to start checking off my bucket list right now.
Creating change and reaching goals, I’ve learned, starts with taking action. My wildest dreams can come true if I just plan and work towards achieving them and not day dreaming about some imaginary time in the future.
My pre-Mid-Life Crisis
So, I made my dream of owning a convertible come true by buying a 1991 Mazda Miata.
I’m loving the driving experience – the wind blowing in my hair, the sun shining on my face, and the scent of diesel fuel wafting in the air.
I love my car, but there’s only one problem – she’s HIGH Maintenance. The buying process took less then a week — the fastest I’ve ever purchased a car.
She beeps at me. She only starts up when the temperature’s just right. She leaks oil. Her plastic window in the back is cruddy making it difficult to see out. And, she vibrates when I reach 60 mph.
After owning it for a few months, I’m wondering why I didn’t ask MORE questions before buying because if I had, I would have been more prepared with its small problems.
What Buying a Car Can Teach You About Creating a Course
Buying a car is no different than setting up an online course. There are some basic questions you need to answer before jumping head first so that you don’t have problems in the future.
Maybe you have dreams of creating an online course so that you can reach more people. But, you have no clue where to begin or how to start.
Let’s make that first step easy for you, by starting with the two most important questions to answer:
1. What do your learners need or want to learn?
Let’s be real – your course ain’t about you! Sorry to be so harsh, but it’s the honest truth. Your course shouldn’t be about what YOU want to teach, but instead about what your learners really need and want to learn. The most important person, then, is the learner.
Figure out her problems or desires and how you can help solve them with your course. Find out what your learners would like to learn or need help with and make that the central focus of your course.
Simply, if you want a successful course – Your course should be the solution to your reader’s problems. It should help them move closer to their goals and desires.
2. How will you know they have learned?
You need to know exactly what skills or knowledge your learners should come away with at the end of your course. Should they have lost 10 pounds by the end of your course? Or, should they only have the knowledge to achieve those results?
Writing down exactly what your learners will get from your course will guide every decision you make about it! Use action packed verbs to narrow down what they should be able to accomplish.
For example, should they know how to CREATE a WordPress website or should they only UNDERSTAND the tools that they need to create a website.
The more you get students to take action, the more successful your students and your course will be.
If you have the answers to these two questions, you’ll be golden. You’ll have the information you need to guide content creation, design the course, and deliver the most awesome course ever!
To get you started with these questions, check out this Gettin’ my Online Course Started worksheet.
Now, it’s your turn. In the comments below, let me know what your next course topic will be about.
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