What do first-time course creators spend their time thinking about? They think about the course name, pricing, content, the tech, the platform…. when the most important thing they should be focusing on is their mindset. Creating a course for the first time is going to push you out of your comfort zone. That’s a given. And it’s going to bring up all your ‘stuff’. So if you don’t get your mindset right, you’ll get bogged down in self-sabotage before you know it – and your course will never get made.
How do mindset blocks show up for course creators?
- Procrastination – Feeling you don’t know enough, so you try to learn more before you can create your course.
- Perfectionism. You set very high, almost unattainable goals.
- Not asking for help. Because that will reveal the “secret” that you’re not an expert.
- Overwhelm. Getting so overwhelmed with small things that aren’t relevant or I don’t have the time to figure this out. It’s just too much.
- Looking for excuses. Blaming irrelevant factors for not being able to create your course. ie. no-one’s spending money now, there’s no point in creating a course.
- Fear of visibility. You want to create a course but don’t want to record videos, or talk about it with others, or promote.
- Letting tech/finances get in the way. Believing that you have to have that fancy camera or expensive course LMS platform to create your course.
Most of these are usually the result of one thing – imposter syndrome. And usually, they stop course creators from creating a course – before they even try.
Let’s take a look at the most common mindset block that most course creators experience. Imposter syndrome.
This is the biggest mindset block that course creators experience. That feeling of not being good enough, “I’m no expert” or “Who am I to teach this”. And surprisingly, it seems to affect smart, successful people more. The very people who should be sharing their knowledge.
The easiest way to overcome imposter syndrome is to understand that to be an “expert”, you only need to be one step ahead of the people you want to teach. That’s it.
The people who want to learn from you don’t care about your certifications. They care about whether you can help them. And in a lot of instances, having someone just one step ahead is better than an expert. As an expert is too far ahead and can no longer relate to the initial struggles they experience. So please don’t let imposter syndrome hold you back.
Your course doesn’t need to be ‘perfect’. It doesn’t need to include all.the.things. It doesn’t need to take months/years to create. You don’t need to invest in the best and most expensive tech and course platform. It just has to help someone.
So please don’t let your mindset stop you from sharing your talents with the world. Set a deadline to create your course and get it done. Progress and not perfection. You can’t fix what you don’t launch. So launch it, learn, tweak, and repeat.