Is Learning An Excuse To Not Move Forward?

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I admit, I am an online learning junkie. I love webinars, teleseminars, e-courses, interviews…you name it and I probably love it, and own it.  I truly love learning and expanding my horizons, and since I am very visual, and enjoy learning at my own pace, the online world speaks to my needs.

However, there was a time when it seemed like I purchased one program after another including…the easy set up of WordPress, how to use Facebook for marketing, how to use Pinterest for your business, using Instagram, LinkedIn, Google+ and Blogging…I’ve even purchased really big ticket products on how to Launch or how to be an Expert.

With each program I purchased, I remember thinking…if I just learn this one thing, it will be the missing piece to growing my business.

In fact, I vividly remember thinking to myself…this is exactly what I need to finally make my business work.

Does this sound like you?  Are you continually looking for the one thing to give you that highly successful business you’ve been working toward?  If you are, then l challenge you, before you buy that next magic answer, to ask yourself:

Do I really need that?

Don’t get me wrong.  I really am all about learning, bettering yourself and improving your business.  But, here’s the problem.

  • Continuous learning and searching holds you back
  • Unfocused learning can be distracting
  • You already have what you need

Let me explain.

Many times people tell me that they wish that they could snap their fingers, zip right past the hard work and find themselves already accomplished having met all of their career goals. After all, when we look around us, it sometimes seems that others suddenly appear out of nowhere as the new successful go to person in their field. What you and I don’t see, is that in most cases, their sudden success has in actuality taken years and years of keeping their noses to the grindstone, always focused on the bigger picture.

A true overnight success is a rarity.

With that being said, I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but there is no one thing or one learning course that is responsible for your success. Learning is always good and welcome if you are trying to figure out how to do something that will enhance your business. Maybe you’d like to get more leads from FaceBook or you’d like to have a larger presence on Twitter.  But…if you are looking for a magic potion to start, build or grow your business, more learning products or programs is not the answer.

Also, it is important for you to realize that unfocused learning, especially when it is something that is not completely relevant to your task at hand, is distracting and can be an excuse for not moving forward.  I often have clients tell me they have been so busy learning the latest and greatest that they haven’t had time to actually do what they needed to do in order for them to move closer to their goalsBe careful that learning does not get in the way of your doing.  I frequently find that learning becomes our excuse for not doing, which is really a deeper fear of something like failure, what if or simply the unknown.

Finally, the most important thing most of us forget is that…we (YOU) already have what you need.  It is already in your very being.  You know the information, you know what you need to do.  You simply need to take the first step and then the second and third…one at a time. Remember, building the life you love is a process. It is a journey to be enjoyed along the way.

Go back to the basics…consistently do the work you were meant to do. You don’t need to keep buying workshops or informational products to move you to the next latest and greatest level.  You just need to start where you are.

Be Patient. Be Consistent. Success is coming.

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