I don’t know about you, but every year around about now – August/September time, I start to get the feeling I’d like to do some more learning or change things up a bit. Perhaps enroll on a course, take up a new hobby, add some new skills to my hypnotherapy ‘toolkit’.
Do you get that too?
That feeling of being excited, inspired or motivated by the prospect of learning something new, fresh and exciting? The idea of meeting other like-minded people to share the learning experience with – it feels good, doesn’t it?
Before you know it, you’re sitting in front of the internet searching and scrolling and what was only meant to be 10 minutes has turned into er 1hr 10 minutes!
And then…there it is.
“Yes! This. Is. The. One.This is the thing I must do”
Then you look at the price. Wow! Can I really afford that right now? How many client sessions/programmes/projects do I need to sell to get that back?
Now we’ve got the calculator out.
Can you relate? Yup, me too.
There is no doubt that there’s a super strong association between September and that ‘back to school’ feeling. It’s a distant hangover from our childhood (mind you, I didn’t love learning then, as much as I do now!), but also statistically the two times of the year where there are more launches of in person courses and online programmes than any other time, is October and February.
Which means any course provider who has their marketing well tuned will be getting their message out there right now. In other words, the internet, and your in box are likely to be noisier than usual.
For fear of falling prey of Shiny Object Syndrome, here are the five questions I use as a bit of a ‘check in’ when faced with a course I REALLY want to do.
The 5 questions to ask yourself when trying to make a decision about a new course/programme
- Can I comfortably afford it, and have I considered what other things I need to pay for over the next 3-6 months?
- Will I be able to commit the time this course requires, in order to get the most out of it?
- By doing this course, what will it give me?
- Can I get those needs met without having to do this course?
- By not doing it, would it hold me or my business back in any way?
I hope this helps you gain some much-needed clarity if you’re faced with trying to make a decision right now for yourself or your business. It’s a great habit to get yourself into and certainly puts a stop to impulse buying or FOMO (fear of missing out).
And if you take your decision all the way through this process, and the result is a resounding ‘yes’ then when day 1 of the course does arrive, you’ll find yourself engaging in it so much more fully, knowing that it was a well thought through decision and that you’re there for all the right reasons.
Here’s to making good, smart decisions for you and your business!
Bye for now,
Sarah helps solo-entrepreneurs and small business owners to successfully navigate the ‘inner journey’ of being self-employed so they feel able to do their best work with clients, and have a business that supports them, not exhausts them! If you enjoy the insights and learnings that you gain from reading these articles and listening to the podcasts, then I recommend you explore the idea of 1:1 coaching with me. To do that, just book yourself into my calendar for a free one hour Exploratory Call right here.