BIG leaps HUGE lessons. – Kimberly Gosney

Guess what? It’s a twofer this week over here.

Yes. Two blog posts in one week! Have I gone crazy, bumped my head – lost my mind.

Nope.

What I have figured out this week is a really valuable lesson that I want to share with you.

Derriere

I’m making some BIG changes this week for my business.

They are very welcomed ones. Shhh. Don’t tell anyone. Just you + me, OK?

There’s this notion out there about leaping before you’re ready.

I know I’ve invested in that notion.

I’m a leaper. A jump off a cliff-er.

A gung ho without a safety net-er if you will.

But, here’s the thing.

Sometimes when you leap before you’re ready. You make a big boo boo.

The kind that has you wondering why you leaped in the first place.

Was that leap for all the right reasons – or – a bunch of wrong ones, wrapped up in a big red bow?

I’ve always seen myself as a bigger than life kind of leaper. How big is too big has never crossed my mind. Which brings me to that big leap I took that landed me flat on my pretty little derriere.

I leaped straight into Infusionsoft. Without a care in the world. Without a big picture of two very important things:

  • How could I sustain it, financially.
  • Is it right for me or do I just want it really bad.

It took me thousands of dollars and about six months to realize that I just wanted it really, really, really bad.

All I needed was a smack in the head to make me see that it’s not what you use …

But, how you use it.

Infusionsoft did nothing wrong here. It’s just wayyyyy more than I need right now.

Which brings me right back to you! Have you ever went big and realized it was a BIG flop? No fear here. Leave me a comment and let’s get back on the simple track – shall we?

Or ….

Is there a BIG leap you’re not sure if you’re ready to take? You can share that with me too. I’m all in to support you with anything that’s on your mind today.

And, if you’ve never seen it before grab my FREE Simple Chimp course. It’s all you need to get your mailing list up and running – without breaking your piggy bank.

4 Comments

  1. Laura C. George on October 7, 2014 at 6:23 pm

    Definitely! Last year I really wanted a group coaching program. Really, really badly. 😉 So I created one without really knowing what I was doing. I bit off way more than I could chew – a huge, all-encompassing program designed to take an artist from zero to a fulltime living. Not so great in practice… I only finished about 1/3 of the program and was so stir-crazy that I released it into the world as a beta anyway. And no one bought. Crickets. So I made it free, enrolled 25 artists and figured some of them would buy the finished program or work with me one-on-one. Turns out I couldn’t manage to finish the program (probably because it’s too big and broad for people anyway) and not a single sale came from those 25 in my beta program.

    Luckily, I didn’t get all discouraged. Well maybe a teeny bit. But I got over it quickly and moved on. This week I’m releasing a small, self-study program on a focused topic that has a big amount of interest. I expect it will generate a number of sales because it’s what people are asking about and excited about and it solves a tangible problem for them. It’s priced well too. Plus, it’s not group coaching, but just self-study because I want to slowly work up to more complicated logistics. It was hard to build the password-protected course. If I had to implement more interaction into it, it would be even harder!

    All this to say, I hear you Kimberly and it’s not just you. We all take big leaps that don’t always work out as fabulously as we thought they would. But that’s how we learn…

    • Kimberly Gosney on October 7, 2014 at 7:13 pm

      Laura I looooove this. It’s so nice to see how a fear can push your limits, test you as an entrepreneur and you can hone in on what works best for you. Way to goooooooo!

  2. FitFeat on October 7, 2014 at 9:07 pm

    Even though it’s on a much smaller scale, I did something similar when I set up my first subscriber list. I chose a great company but one that charged a monthly fee. When I hardly had any subscribers. It became a source of unnecessary overhead, even at just $20 a month (that adds up year after year). This year I transitioned over to one that is free to a certain # of subscribers and it just makes me feel better knowing that I don’t have extra $$$ going out the door while I build my list.

    I agree that even though many in biz say to ‘start before we’re ready’ sometimes there’s common sense in being cautious too and now I tend to ‘look before a leap’ a bit more often.

    Great post, and I love the changes you’ve made to your site recently! “Dressed to impress” and the zipper are GREAT! =)

    • Kimberly Gosney on October 15, 2014 at 11:30 pm

      Ohhhh thank you so much about the Dressed to impress and the zipper. I’m a huge Versace addict. It came from a Versace dress that wants me sooooo bad.

      It’s those first big subscriber email things that really are big learning lessons. I originally way back had Mad Mimi. It’s soooo easy to use. I think affordable and easy in the beginning for mailing lists are just the ticket to feeling all luxurious.

      How’s your biz going by the way? You know I love stalking peeps because blog posts are so much fun for learning from.

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