I probably never told you this; there are a few things I never get tired of: Houseplants, long, hot showers, good books, how cute my dog is, and of course…
Reminding you to do the right things in the right way in the right order to make your online business work.
And here’s why I love that last one in particular:
Because when you do the right things in the right way in the right order, BIG things happen in your business.
Caryn is proof of this fact.
She was living the dream!
Clients were rolling in, she was confident about the direction of her business, and she felt like she was fulfilling her purpose in the world.
But then, something surprising happened…
With all of this success under her belt, she felt a strong desire to rebel against the proven methodology she mastered—the very approach that brought her the incredible success she was enjoying.
It put her at a challenging crossroad.
Should she keep following the tried-and-true tactics that had worked so well for her—or should she rebel and gamble on new tactics?
My answer might surprise you.
When following the rules stops working
While she was in the hot seat at Make It Work Live, Caryn revealed that she wasn’t pitching guest posts and podcasts, even though it has been on her to-do list for months! She knew it was her next step for continuing to build her list.
When I asked her why she wasn’t pitching—especially since she had all of the tools at her fingertips—she said, “I just don’t want to.”
I dug deeper, “If you don’t want to do it, then why are you keeping it on your to-do list?”
Caryn replied, “I want to do things the way you taught me, because that’s what led to all the success I have created for myself.”
Talking it out further, it was clear that Caryn, an Upholder, was torn.
She was feeling a rush of energy to try new things, but she was afraid that deviating from the proven plan that got her this far could mean failure in her business.
What if I try something new and it doesn’t work?
What if I lose money?
What if I start to slide backward in my business?
All of these fears are totally normal. (I still worry about these things myself, even though I’ve been self-employed since 2009.)
Trying something new is scary. But I could see that Caryn’s desire to “follow the rules”—especially after they were no longer serving her—was keeping her stuck.
Here’s what I mean, and here’s what I told her.Click to TweetFollowing the rules, especially after they’re no longer serving you, will keep you stuck.
Finding your own way
I told Caryn that, even though it was scary to do so, it was time to “graduate” from the Make It Work Online methodology and start to do things her way.
Why? Because Make It Work Online helps clients get to the place where they’re consistently, predictably, and reliably bringing in $10k/month. (Though some clients take this all the way to $15k and $20k/month, which is awesome!)
She was at that point and knew how to sustain it. The pull she was feeling was about taking the leap to the next level in her business, using the solid foundation she created so far to help her get there.
Caryn worked her rear off to get her business to this place of consistent income, and now she was ready to find and carve that new path.
And since her hot seat at Make It Work Live just two months ago, I’m thrilled to report she’s begun experimenting in her business with great results!
Here’s how she described the feeling:
“Jenny took a lid off of my business that I didn’t even know was there! So naturally, it was freeing and exhilarating and terrifying!
Now I have a clear sense of where and when I should use the MIWO approach and where I need to go it on my own because of who I am, where my business is, and just how I like to roll. ‘Graduating’ was scary, and it was exactly what I didn’t know I needed. It really feels amazing to think that I made this HUGE investment in myself and my business and I actually did it! How cool is that?!”My Personal Recommendation for You7 Myths Holding You Back from a Successful Six-Figure Business
Should you buckle down or take flight?
Take stock at where you are with your business and the knowledge you have under your belt.
Are you at a place where you need to keep “working the proven plan” you have from a coach or program you’ve taken?
If so, stay diligent and keep following the steps that have been proven to work.
Have you hit your targets and are making a steady income doing what you love?
If so, you’re ready to branch out and find a new path forward to take your business to the next level.
The trick is not to jump too soon… or wait too long. Wait for the moment that’s just right, then you—and your business—will take flight.