Moving Ahead without All the Answers

I’m sure a lot of you have heard by now about Havi’s upcoming class about how to get great testimonials without feeling icky about it.

Since I’m in the process of launching my coaching business, I’m definitely going to take the class.

Who wouldn’t want to learn genius testimonial-getting techniques from Havi, when her destuckification magic permeates everything she does?

Interestingly, though, I saw a tweet yesterday that got me thinking.

Basically, the person who tweeted replied to Havi and said they weren’t going to take the class because they need to be offering something that requires testimonials first.

Maybe. Maybe not.

Going from stuck to un-stuck

One of the big reasons I got so stuck when I completed my life coach training was because I was waiting for answers to questions. Like stuff about marketing and choosing a niche and on and on. I believed I had to have a niche and a marketing plan and a business plan already in place when I started my business.

Nobody was there to tell me that I didn’t need to answer all of those questions before I started.

I got so stuck I became convinced that I didn’t even want to be a coach because every time I thought about it I had all those unanswered questions giving me the stink-eye.

Skipping ahead

Fast forward to July or August of last year, when I discovered Havi and her magic-making ways of destuckification.

Things started shifting for me and I was able to start this blog in spite of being scared shitless (not shiftless – har!).

I still had lots of unanswered questions, but I was more comfortable with leaving them unanswered. And I was learning how to keep moving forward without all the answers.

More and more I began to see that, for me, moving forward would be the very thing that would help me find the answers.

It was either wait and continue to focus only on deciding what business I wanted to start, or keep pondering that question while I started doing some other things to prepare myself for the inevitable outcome of figuring out what I wanted to do.

Taking a risk

I didn’t know what kind of business I wanted to have, but I did know I wanted my own business.

Starting a business takes work and preparation. Then Naomi over at IttyBiz offered her Marketing 101 course.

It would have been really easy for me to say that it doesn’t make sense for me to take that course because I didn’t have anything to market, yet.

(In fact, way back when Havi and Naomi offered their Non-Icky Self-Promotion class, that’s what I said: I can’t justify taking this because I have nothing to promote. Now, I wish I had taken it anyway.)

But because I think Naomi is the bee’s knees and I know she stands behind everything she does, and because I knew I would be getting recordings of the calls that I could listen to forever and ever, it seemed like a really low-risk thing to do.

The risk paid off, because learning that stuff helped the whole idea of starting a business feel more doable.

Keep moving

One of the things I’ve learned since I started blogging is that every time I write about something that I think only applies to me, I find out from my dear readers that they can relate to it. I’m never the only one who has dealt with this stuff.

So maybe some of you are like me and feeling like you want a business, but you have no clue what kind of business. And you’re looking for ways to keep moving toward that thing you want, even though you don’t quite know what it is, yet.

That’s the key: finding ways to keep moving around those stuck parts.

Sometimes it’s the moving itself that helps to unstick some of what’s stuck.

When I was deciding how to keep moving, it usually came back to risk. What’s the risk that I’ll feel like doing this was a mistake?

That usually boiled down to worrying I would feel like I paid too much for the quality of the material, or worrying that the content wouldn’t be applicable.

With Havi, you’re not going to get crappy content. That’s a given.

And that second one (non-applicable content) can be offset by not paying too much.

Even a couple months ago (when I didn’t know what I would be seeking testimonials for) I would have felt like Havi’s non-icky testimonials class was a low-risk opportunity because it includes the recordings and notes.

And for four and half hours of Havi’s genius, this is not an expensive class.

It seems to me that the worst thing that could happen is that you take the class and feel like it’s not information you need. Yet.

But 3 or 6 (or however many) months from now, when you’re ready for it, it’ll be there, waiting for you.

And you never know…it might be the very thing that helps unblock you in other areas, too.

The Point

This isn’t actually about whether you to take this particular class or not.

What I hope is that you might possibly see that there are no “rules” about the order in which you should learn things or try things or do things. And that if risk is low enough, it can be better to try something than to wait for answers to come.

I mention the class only because it’s happening soon, and because some of you might feel like you’re not ready for it yet. And, of course, because it’s from Havi and she’s amazing.

But maybe “ready” isn’t about being able to apply the information immediately. Maybe it’s about being at a point where you’re open to trying something new to see if it helps you with moving forward.

4 thoughts on “Moving Ahead without All the Answers

  1. JoVE

    Absolutely. Not even sure you need to take a coaching course first :-)

    Also, I noticed on Havi’s redesigned shop page that the non-icky self-promotion course is coming out as a homestudy. I’m seriously considering it.

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