Last year, the main goal I had was to start taking action and get enrolled in more courses, so I could work on certain aspects of my business that I wasn’t comfortable with, such as my social media skills. I participated in many amazing online courses and webinars, also focused on reading more articles. Then I realized that I was learning a lot, but not doing enough.
I bet you’ve been there before. You feel excited about your new adventure, for your blog or business to grow, to stay updated with the latest trends that you forget about applying all the knowledge you now have. You’ve been focused on filling those gaps that you leave behind your own path. When you look back there’s a lot to do.
Sounds familiar? Investing in your education and wanting to learn as much as you can is a great quality to have. To be honest, even if you are a professional in your field and have been working for 10 years, there is always something new to catch up with. If you are up to date with what’s going, you can be more prepared to face any challenges. How can you know when it’s time to start taking action?
It’s amazing the number of courses online that you can find nowadays – from photography to design and social media, which is fantastic! You get to learn from the comfort of your own home without having to invest that much time into it, going at your own pace. While I encourage you to try it, taking time between your courses is a smart move, that way you can apply everything you’ve learned and see how it works for you.
Don’t know if this is what you are going through? Well, here are 5 classic signs that you need to stop learning and start taking action.
1. You are constantly searching for new courses.
2. You already signed up for 10 different courses and haven’t even finished the first one.
3. You feel so overwhelmed with the information you are getting, that you don’t even know where to start.
4. You are constantly comparing your blog/business with someone else’s and don’t feel confident about it.
5. You get mixed information on each course, so you end up feeling confused.
I know the feeling. Like I said before, you should never stop learning, but giving yourself time to apply that knowledge is important. If you feel related to these signs, here are 5 tips that will help you start taking action.
1. You will never feel 100% prepared
Sometimes the fear of failure gets in the way of you taking the very first step. You may think that, because you don’t feel 100% prepared, the best thing to do is to just keep researching, learning as much as you can.
While you need to make sure you have the best tools, let me tell you something: You will never feel completely ready to start. Even if you have invested all the time you can into it, when the moment comes, there’s always going to be something you think you can improve.
And this doesn’t only apply to starting your own business, but even publishing that very first blog post or launching that webinar you’ve always wanted to. You need to just start, take that first step and the rest will come.
2. You don’t need to know everything
You took that amazing course on social media…done! But wait, there is that new one about Instagram…done! Oh no, there’s that one on Twitter that looks even more complete…done! But, you need to know all about Pinterest before you start your blog…done! Well, that was exhausting.
There’s no way you are going to know everything there is to know about a topic before you even start applying your knowledge. The world is constantly evolving and there is always something new to learn. Even when you think you are completely ready, once you start working on it, you might start getting more questions about it, and that’s ok.
3. You need to set goals
Before you enroll in that course, think about what you want to accomplish with it. Sure, the outline of it looks impressive and it promises you to get results the right way. But, how are you going to apply that knowledge in your own blog/business?
It all starts with setting your goals. Weekly, monthly, yearly, whatever works for you best. Think about where you want your blog/business to be and what you need to do to get there.
This will help you define the aspects you need to get stronger in and then decide if you really need to take that course.
4. Your own path will look different
There are so many posts out there about “How taking x course changed my business” or “X courses you need to take today”. That is great, I actually enjoy them, you can get more inspiration and discover new tools for you.
However, that doesn’t mean that you need to take the exact same steps that someone else did just because it worked for them. Your own path will look different because there are things that are going to work for you and others that don’t.
Set your own goals and see if what others are sharing might be exactly what you need.
5. You need to trust your own skills
If there is one thing that will make the difference in your success, is trusting your own skills. Having confidence in your talent, in what you have to offer to the world and in what you have to say. This will set the tone for your future.
Trust that you have done everything you can, that you will commit to this new endeavor and that you can be successful.
No matter how many courses you take, how many blog posts you read, you have something that is unique: your talent. We all have something special to give. Trust it, use it and grow it.