Ok so I am really fired up and had to make this post.
I have had too many of my clients coming to me in sheer overwhelm from the massive amounts of advice and information available online keeping them from doing what they do best–COACHING!
It reminds me of being at the all-you-can eat buffet; sometimes you just eat too much and you are stuffed! It reminded me of the popular 1969 “Spicy Meatball” Alka Seltzer Commercial above – trying it one more time, till it’s right.
Do you feel stuffed? Does your business need an Alka Seltzer because you are upset with yourself for trying to fit into someone else’s model of success and you just don’t have room for one more “you should do this…” “you should do that…” “you need to do this…” “you need to do that…” ?
It can be tempting to overindulge because it is all so seductive! You find yourself saying, “Maybe if I just do this one program” or “I’ll just download this video series” or “everyone IS raving about this, it must be good” and “they have incredible testimonials, so”…
Surprisingly enough, the all-you-can-eat business-building virtual buffet can be a successful resource if you exercise discipline and restraint when making your selections.
Here’s how to indulge at the virtual business-building buffet without feeling so stuffed that you just can’t make a move:
It’s important to choose your options wisely. Know what suits your taste. Make sure it matches your learning style and work ethic. Choosing a certain path or option for growth out of fear and lack is not going to satisfy you in the long run, it just might make you feed a hunger that can’t be satiated.
Have a Strategy
Decide how and where you want to invest in your professional development. Consider what you can afford to spend, the time you are willing to devote, how you want to grow and your desired outcome. Research your options and know what you are committing to.
Avoid Heavy Sauces
Many business-building buffets are heavy on the sauce. Be aware of offers that create urgency to get you to buy now. Consider if you will ever access the ten free bonus offers that come with the program. Read that money back guarantee carefully and feel free to ask what the percentage of returns have been. Notice if the testimonials really state their results. Be wary of learning everything that took years to develop in just 3 weeks. Bear in mind the time and effort that is required to be successful.
Develop a Relationship
Get to know the person you want to work with through free teleclasses, webinars, video series, blog posts, books, newsletters etc. and see if they are a good fit with you. Check with your trusted peers and colleagues to see whom they have had a good experience with.
Trust Your Gut
You can create anything you want. It doesn’t have to follow someone else’s model. You can do it your way, even if that means you want to go slow or don’t have the need to make six figures in six months or don’t really want to do video or whatever it is that you think you should do but don’t really feel the desire to do. You have to be satisfied with whatever you choose. Follow your heart and trust yourself enough to be who it is that you are, no matter what ” they” say you should be doing.
Know When Enough Is Enough
There comes a time when you realize that all the best programs, knowledge, and know-how won’t create your success. You are the only one that can decide that you are ready to make that happen. It comes with experience, trial and error, confidence and knowing who you are and how you want to show up for yourself and those around you. You don’t need to try one more thing again and again and again. Heck I did it the other day, bought a $200 program, oh no sorry $197 program, from someone I have worked with before, only to find out that the information was a lot of what I have already gotten from previous programs. Really? I hate when I do that!
It is a constant effort to remind yourself that all the answers do really lie within and you have what it takes to be successful.
You just need to get out there and start coaching. The impact you create will be enough to keep you full, satisfied, and moving forward toward the success you desire.
Here are a few coaching questions to ask yourself:
–How will I make my selections more wisely?
–How can I demonstrate discipline and discernment to avoid overwhelm?
–Who can support me when I feel like I have had enough and need to get un-stuffed?
–What plan can I put in place to access the best resources to grow my business that is right for me?
The next time you sit down at the business-building buffet make the conscious choices that fully nourish you and your business!