Summer is (almost) gone. Kids are back in school. And it’s time to get back on track with your course launch before the holidays turn our lives into pie-filled chaos.
That about sum it up?
Hey! I’m back from a slightly more than month-long summer break. During my hiatus I had plenty of time to soak up the California sun and think about where Zen Courses is going and how I felt about it. Because, quite frankly, things were getting out of hand.
This isn’t one of those posts where I talk about my emotions for the entire article and then try to sneak in something about you at the end.
This is one of those posts where I am brutally honest and vulnerable with you about how I’ve failed and what changes I'm making to serve you better.
Before you read about what's coming up, let's talk about where things started. Because if you have big plans and feel overwhelmed, I want you to know that I SO feel you. And you can get past it.
When I started Zen Courses a year ago I had zero expectations. Zero.
Overwhelmed entrepreneurs kept sending me emails full of questions about online courses and I wanted to help. It's that simple.
I launched with no long-term plan. I thought Zen Courses would be a fun project.
Listen, launching without a plan sounds badass. But the truth is it can come back to bite you. There’s a delicate balance between acting too swiftly and planning too much.
Sidebar: If you’re feeling overwhelmed with your big plans, here’s some things to remember:
* Building something remarkable will take longer than you expect.
* People will question your vision. You will question your vision. And, yet, your vision is the only thing that will get you past the questions.
* Let go of your expectations and just serve. Service creates clarity.
* Let go of trying to be like the “successful” people in your niche. Instead figure out how you’re different and do more of that.
* Be you 100% of the time. (And keep people around who will tell you when you're not being you.)
• Find a small group of other entrepreneurs you like and respect who will push you to do your best work.
* Discipline is developed through steadfast application.
Anyway, summer showed up and Zen Courses became a full-on business (in addition to my existing consulting business). And I was failing you by having no long-term strategy.
So at the end of July, I hit pause and things got realllllly quiet around here. Forty-five days, plus a new virtual assistant later and here we are:
New Guidelines + Products + Content
Zen Courses is getting a strategic reboot that will create more value for you. Over the next few weeks, you will find new resources and products to help you along every aspect of your online course journey.
But first, it's time to draw a line in the sand. Every community needs a credo. Here's ours:
Zen Courses is a community.
Zen Courses is for solo entrepreneurs who strive to create courses that transform lives.
Zen Courses is for online course creators who are learner-focused and want to be better teachers.
Zen Courses is for truth tellers who care about their legacy more than their pockets.
Zen Courses will never recommend an online course platform (LMS) because of its kick-ass affiliate program or popularity.
Zen Courses will only invite guests on The Zen Courses Show who embody these same principles.
Zen Courses will create value through products, training and events to help online course creators in every stage of their online course journey.
Zen Courses commits to creating awesomely valuable content that answers your most pressing questions.
If these eight things sound like something you want to be a part of, stick around--I'd love to get to know you!
Also, my promise to you is if Zen Courses ever stops living by this credo, I will shut this mutha' down!
New Products and Content
In the next few weeks, you can expect some changes around here, namely:
You’ll have a clearer sense of how I can help you (and how I can’t).
You’ll have more ways to get coaching with me in a variety of formats.
You’ll hear about a new course, new free resources and an update to existing materials to help you create your thing.
Oh, and you'll find out when The Zen Courses Show returns for Season 2!
How Can You find out about all this newness?
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