Where The Magic Happens

So it’s been a good few months since my last post. It’s not the way I planned it, but life always just seemed to get in the way. And a touch of procrastination fever thrown into the mix didn’t help matters either.

I feel somewhat annoyed with myself, although I haven’t been entirely idle. I’ve also been through a tricky period with my health, where I felt too foggy and exhausted to anything much. But with some extra thyroxine and a renewed drive to succeed, I’m feeling a whole lot better.

I’ve also been through a period of self doubt, which meant I procrastinated massively on my upcoming project. I researched 2 or 3 different ideas before coming back to the one I’d originally come up with. So maybe I should listen to my creative genius more often… It clearly knows what it’s on about even if I don’t believe it.

The most important thing that I’ve discovered whilst creating this product is that very little happens until you’re ready to move outside that comfort zone! I needed to understand this before I could proceed.

Where the magic happens - outside your comfort zone
Where The Magic Happens 🙂

Although I’d originally had a great idea for some video training that would really help people who lacked technical skills, I was almost paralysed with fear. Without realising what I was doing, I delayed starting. I investigated other options. I spent huge amounts of time researching different screen capture options and deciding whether or not I could afford them.

Instead of just downloading the free 30 day trial of Snagit and damn well getting on with creating my project, which would have got me there a whole lot quicker, I chose to procrastinate. And once I’d got the screen capture software out of the way, there was the lack of a decent microphone to address… I must have wasted a good few weeks between these two things.

Aside from the usual copywriting nightmare, in which I hate to pimp my stuff and getting a ton of constructive criticism about ways to improve it, I’ve found myself way outside of my comfort zone in the following areas:

1. Screen Capture Video

I had to learn the art of creating screen capture video, whilst recording my voice. Now the controls are simple enough, but it’s surprisingly difficult to remember what you’re supposed to be saying and to control your screen at the same time.

I can’t tell you how many times I stumbled over my words and had to start again. The first video took me all afternoon and the result was only 8 minutes long. Oh and that doesn’t count any editing time. That was pure recording and rerecording ad-infinitum!

Incidentally, I got really sick of my own voice. Everybody hates the sound of their own recorded voice, but having to listen to it over and over again to check recordings really starts to grate after a while…

Anyway, I was hugely uncomfortable with what I was doing at the start and I very nearly used it as an excuse to give up. But I had already invested money in a microphone and I didn’t want to see it wasted, so there was no alternative but to push through my discomfort and Just. Do. It. Hmm… I think I’ve heard that somewhere before…

Gradually, I gained in confidence. In fact there’s quite a noticeable difference in my voice between the early videos and the later ones.

Now the old me would want to go back and redo them all, but that brings me onto the next item on my comfort zone-free agenda…

2. Suppressing my perfectionism

This was a big one for me. I am a chronic perfectionist. I hate to leave anything until I am completely satisfied that there are no more improvements to be made. But you know what? I never ever reach that stage. I’m never happy with my work.

So that means I need to get over it. As Dean Holland always reminds his students:

Don’t get it perfect, get it done

So I applied this principle and it has pained me. A lot. But I know it’s a necessary evil, or I’ll never achieve my dream of a full-time income online. And that is just not an option.

3. Networking with fellow Internet Marketers

Now, I know this is something that a lot of people find hard, but deep down I’m really rather shy. I can chat to someone once I know them, but getting to know them? Therein lies a problem.

After joining a few internet marketing Facebook groups and observing how others interact, and asking a few judicious questions, I’m finally starting to get the hang of it. I’ve made some good contacts and I can honestly say that I’m beginning to enjoy it.

Next step The Warrior Event, Orlando on Sept 28th-30th. I’m trepedatious but at the same time I’m really looking forward to meeting some great people and moving my business forward. It’s going to be fun!

7 thoughts on “Where The Magic Happens

  1. Sally, we all struggle with procrastination, often because when we step out of our comfort zone, it’s new, unfamiliar, and requires a learning curve. Congrats on moving through your fears, etc., and making it happen. You are one of the rare ones… You worked through it all and actually accomplished your goal. Well done!

  2. Thanks Sue! I think a lot of people assume that procrastination is a failure in themselves. However, it’s just our body’s natural reaction to perceived danger, such as the danger of failing, basically a protective mechanism. It can be beaten. I’m not there yet, but will hopefully get there, given time… 🙂

  3. Sally,

    We’ve all suffered from your issues at one point or another. Actually, Ivan Misner, the founder of BNI, the world’s largest networking organization, proudly proclaims that he is actually an introvert! And, it is pushing past your comfort zone that will help get you to where you want to be.

    I do a lot of videos and my first few were horrible. I almost deleted my first one to make sure no one ever saw how bad it was, but then I decided to keep it so I could show it to my students that I mentor. It was amazing that after I did about 5 videos…..things began to change. I got more comfortable with the camera, didn’t feel like I needed a script, learn to just be me. Every Video Guru I know says their first videos were horrible. So, it’s just a thing we all have to push through. But, when we do….the results can be magical!

    Keep moving forward, you are doing great!

    Jerry

    • Thanks Jerry!

      It’s good to know that even people like Ivan Misner struggle with this. My JV page video took goodness knows how many takes! It literally took me all afternoon to finish it. I was exhausted when I finished! And I had to cut out a whole section because I couldn’t remember what I was meant to be saying without looking at the script, lol!

      But now it’s done, I’m proud of myself for getting there. And I’m sure next time will be quicker!

      Sally

  4. Hey Sally, great post! That’s really what it’s all about, isn’t it? Getting outside that comfort zone, dropping the perfectionism and just realizing that you’re your own worst critic. Giving up on caring about what other people think about you, and just being you is definitely liberating. I look forward to your upcoming release!

    Mason

  5. Hi Sally, Great post, I think if we are all honest with ourselves we have experienced to a lesser or greater extent what you have been going through. Confidence and getting used to being outside of the zone comes with successs – so here is your project being great release !

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