I’m easily distracted. (Oh look, shiny object!)
I have a fear of failure – I don’t want to look like a fool in front of my peers.
I, too often, compare my “day to day” to someone else’s highlight reel.
Sound like someone you know? Maybe you? Well I know it’s definitely me, like a hundred times a day. Fortunately, though, I slap myself in the face 101 times a day and snap myself out of that nonsense. But I find that it’s soooo much worse right before a period of enormous growth in my life and business. The doubt is always most intense before I take a big leap.
It’s clear that I need an accountability partner. So, I’m going to use this very public forum to make you my (unwitting) accountability partner.
I’ve been working on a project for over a year. A project that should have taken me something like 2 weeks. But, you know, it has to be just right, right? Or at least that’s what I keep telling myself. And because I keep consciously choosing to believe my own bullshit, I keep tweaking it – until it’s even more right, right? Oh my gosh, the vicious cycle that we create for ourselves!
I’ve had colleagues review my project over and over. I’ve tweaked it. I’ve taught it to a live audience. And then tweaked it. And rewritten whole sections. And tweaked it. And then last week I saw this printed on a wooden sign – “Done Is Better Than Perfect”. And then the “come to Jesus” moment followed. I scribbled this on the top of a post it note and showed it to Shea that night. “That’s it babe. We’re launching. No more excuses. Let’s do this.”
I’ve actually given this course (the project I’m referring to) as a full day training program many times, and without fail somebody cries – and then I cry – then we’re both crying! No, I’m not a meany face! It’s just that it’s such an eye opening course. I find that the people that take the course are always learning something a bit deeper about themselves. And then some HUGE growth in their business follows. Ugh, so what’s holding me back? Remember – weak, distracted, fear of failure? Yep, those defeating thoughts! Well, get out of my head. Out, I say!
And so, here we are. Less than one month before we OFFICIALLY (and finally) launch our first full training program (a year and a half in the making) with Wedding Industry Rescue. A program called “Chosen – How to Reach Your True Ideal Client”. We’re going to be helping wedding pros, just like you, understand who your true ideal client is and how to connect with them using your website.
So, I’m asking (begging, really) for you to hold me accountable. Seriously! This course is so personal to me that it TERRIFIES me to post this – and put a real live launch date on it. But now, I can’t keep putting it off – You know my launch date. YIKES! But I need you guys to hold my feet to the fire. I could also use your encouragement and your prayers. And maybe more so for my poor husband that has to deal with me through this process, but hey, he knew what he was getting into when he married me, right?!
I’m going to be sharing more information about the program throughout the next few weeks but there it is – Launch date for “Chosen – How to Reach Your True Ideal Client” is October 6, 2016. Done is better than perfect. I’m excited – Let’s do this!
Is there something that you’re postponing that you need accountability for?? Let me know. We’ll kick each other’s butts together!
By the way, my friend, Alison Howard, with the Refine Community, has challenged me to do a Periscope a day for the next 30 days so I’m going to be on Periscope (LIVE) everyday for – you guessed it – the next 30 days. We’ll be discussing a wide range of topics related to the business of weddings and we’ll probably be talking about the Chosen program at some point as well. If you have a topic you’d like me to talk about let me know – and I will. Download the Periscope app and follow me @thecherylbailey
Talk to you soon!
Brenda Howard says
I am a perfectionist.
Love to try new things.
I enjoy working with hands.
I love the LORD 🙂
Love what you’re doing & am excited to learn more. Facing some challenges myself but don’t want to make a mistake along the way. Do have anymore details on your course?
Cheryl Bailey says
Thanks, I’m excited to get started! The course will be about helping wedding pros understand who their ideal client truly is and how to market to them only. It will include steps to help you build your website’s Q&A and About Us pages, that reflect your personality and brand, as well.
I hope this can help you with the challenges you’re facing!
We wouldn’t have much to look back at in accomplishment if these kinds of projects didn’t throw us those curve-balls. Way to handle challenges like a champ and owning it!