As you’ve probably seen, I launched a career coaching program called Pathway to Your Purpose. I made a program webpage, a registration form, set the prices and dates, wrote blog posts, made social media flyers, did a Facebook Live and Linked everything In.
I pushed and pushed and pushed.
I got some comments, some interest, some people considering the program. Some encouragement but no registrations. I passed all of the deadlines and nothing. Nobody. A zero dollar launch.
I felt like a failure. All through the launch period I tried to keep my heart and chest open, my mind optimistic but once it was clear I had failed, I let myself collapse.
Why am I doing this? I’m not good at this. It’ll never work. I’m not meant to be an entrepreneur. I’m not meant to be a career coach. I don’t know how to really help people and I certainly don’t know how to help myself. How am I going to pay for my school next year? I’m going to end up poor and alone.
I look at the women in business I admire and think, How did they do it? They’re so successful and happy. They were able to quit their day jobs. They’re able to help people. They’re able to live their dreams. There must be something wrong with me.
And so I let myself pout for a couple of days. I don’t work on my business. I don’t try to make myself feel better or pretend I’m happy.
I focus on the other things in my life. I go on a couple dates with a man who’s smart and sexy. I go to an amazing dance and film festival. I dance until my body hurts all over. I feel inspired again.
And I get some great business advice from friends. I realize that I believe in this month long coaching program. So far what I’ve been doing is single coaching sessions and I’m helping my clients but I know that we could go so much deeper and they could get so much more out of it if we both committed to a 4 week coaching intensive.
And so my story around the launch changed. It’s no longer a complete failure. Now I see it as, yes, no one signed up. So maybe I didn’t give a long enough launch period. Or maybe I wasn’t able to explain the coaching program well enough.
I go from despair to problem solving mode. What can I learn from this experience? How can I launch better? How can I get back on my feet?
We all fail. And the more risks you take the more often you will fail. But you get to choose how you handle it.
If you fall off a horse, you can choose to never ride again. Or you can get back on and keep riding.
If you love the thing you failed at, give yourself sometime to be sad and then keep going. Learn from your failure, but don’t let it devastate you.
– Find yourself trying to be perfect?
– Find yourself TIRED by all your responsibilities?
– Want MORE TIME for yourself and the people you love?
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