Perhaps you signed up for Marie Forleo's BSchool, Nathalie Lussier's 30 Day List Builder Challenge, Denise Duffield-Thomas's Lucky Bitch Money Bootcamp, or one of my own programmes like 28 Days to Your Best Month in Business. Have you seen it through? Did you complete every module, every action? If not, the truth is, you're not learning. Spending money on courses and events and doing nothing with them is such a waste - and in reality you could have spent your money in better places.
If you were to be really honest with yourself, did you get a return on your investment? When you analyse the return on your investment, was it really worth it? Could you have learned as much from a book or a course on Udemy? And when it gets to being honest with yourself, do you really need to be learning from another course or event, or is it time to implement what you already know?
If you attended an event or purchased an online programme in the last 3 months, I would love you to reflect on what you did with the learning you gained. Did you make notes? What did you do with those notes? What actions have you taken as a direct result of undertaking the learning? If you're done nothing so far, it's not too late. You can take action now and put the learning into effect.
- Review what courses you have not yet opened or have barely started. Make a list of them and then put them into order of how quickly you can work through them. Put the quickest, the shortest course at the top, the longest at the bottom. Go and write your list before you look at the next 4 steps. We're going to create a habit that delivers results instead of going in for the overwhelm.
- Next, be truthful with yourself - are you someone who works in bursts of activity or with chunks of time each day? Whichever is more you, you're going to block out the time with your style in mind. So if you work best in bursts of activity, allocate a day within the next 5 days where you can allocate 2 hours to work on the first course. If you prefer to chunk daily time, then put 15 minutes into your diary for each day to work on the first course.
- Now that you know you've set the time aside you need to set an alarm or reminder on your phone to get you working on the course. Set that reminder now. Go on, now, before you do anything else.
- OK, so the next step is to note down from your learning what you're actually going to do. If you've got courses that you have completed but you've done nothing with them, this is the step you need to start with. Pick just one thing, that's all, just one thing that you are going to do. And do that one thing daily for the next 3 weeks. You can revisit this step as many times as you want until you've covered all the actions that you have identified you want to implement. At this stage we're working with just one thing.
- And finally, set yourself a daily reminder that this one thing, this action is something you are doing every day.
Rinse and repeat. Keep going until you've taken all the actions from the first course. Then you can start again with the next course, and keep going until you have worked your way through every course you've bought. A word of caution - it's ok if you come across a course that really wasn't worth buying, or perhaps just wasn't right for you. Move on to the next one.
Now, if you still don't work your way through the courses ask yourself this - do I really want to be in business working for myself, do I really want to learn how to make it in business, or am I buying the courses as a way of creatively avoiding doing what I need to be doing to become a success?
One final thought - if you're being swayed by the adverts online, by the newsletters that drop into your inbox screaming at you to buy now there are two actions you can take straight away. Firstly, unsubscribe - and yes, I know this means you may unsubscribe from my newsletter, but hey, if it's not serving you then yes, you need to unsubscribe. Please go and do that now. Secondly, go off-line. Don't spend so much time in the online world where you find yourself enticed into buying things you may not actually need.