Earlier last year, I had a conversation I remember very clearly. I was parked outside the location of my son’s tutor, waiting for him to finish up. The car was running, and it was chilly outside. I had something on my heart, and I needed to share it with my friend on the other end of the line.
But sharing that something meant something very scary for me: facing, and owning up to, a few less-than-ideal habits I’d been embracing.
My friend was running a business, and had come to me for help. He wanted me to help promote and cross-market his venture, so I’d jumped in and dabbled with it. It was a great business idea, and I knew that with the right series of steps, and with the right execution, that it would make him a lot of money in the future.
But I was frustrated, because he wasn’t taking my advice. And that’s when I realized: why should he take my advice? I wasn’t even taking my own advice.
In short, I wasn’t practicing what I was preaching.
I’d taken all these e-courses and workshops over the past few years, trying to better my business skills, so that I’d never have to experience the pain of failure again. I’d crammed a ton of knowledge into my head about strategy and technique. I knew all the buzzwords, the systems, the technology. I clearly saw the big picture of how business should work and run, sustainably.
But I wasn’t practicing any of it.
Yes, I was running a successful business with Day Designer, but as far as my coaching and mentoring business went, but I’d barely scratched the surface at implementing what I’d tell others to go do.
I realized this meant two things:
- What would happen to my businesses if I really implemented what I knew?
- If I was going to tell others what to do, I needed to be willing to do it myself.
When I admitted this, out loud, it felt embarrassing, but also challenging. To know the things you need to do, and not do them, is one thing. To know the things you need to do, and ADMIT them, is another.
Inspiration without action is useless. There’s nothing quite like ‘fessing up to an embarrassing habit or action to motivate to change.
I had inspired myself to take action.
The #BizDesigners e-course is the product of that action. This is it, friends. This is everything I’ve learned, everything I know. This is the stuff that bootstrapped million-dollar business Number One, and the stuff that found the bootstraps again when it was time to work on business Number Two. This is the basics, the big picture, and the details. It’s branding, and marketing, and finance, and operations, and people.
And it’s me, very simply, just wanting to you make a better, more sustainable and profitable, life, for yourself and your family.
Here’s a question for you: what bad habits, or practices, are holding you back right now?
The early bird pricing for the course ends tomorrow, Thursday, May 14th, at midnight. If you have any questions about whether the course is the right fit for you, shoot me at email at whitney [at] whitneyenglish.com. I’ll be happy to chat about it! Or just go ahead and register right now!