I see it so clearly now that I’m on the other side of it. It’s the easiest, most alluring trap an aspiring writer, coach or online business owner can fall into. The traps are everywhere. And they suck you in until you become overtaken by...(cue ominous music) Serial Course Taking Syndrome.
Once lured in, you may experience different symptoms from Serial Course Taking Syndrome (SCTS).
You may be drawn to “Freebie Addiction” and take every single free webinar you can get your hands on until your head wants to implode with the overwhelm of information and Should’s on your to-do list.
Those with more serious SCTS will throw dollar after dollar on the next thing that’s going to give them their breakthrough. They absorb all the information they can take in and more. Yet the more they learn, the more confused they seem to be.
You might be suffering from this form of SCTS if you think things like:
-But which should I do first, my website or my book?
-How the heck do I make sense of all of this information?
I- must need another course to help me figure out how to make the most of all my courses!
And on and on it goes, this never-ending carousel of never knowing enough to actually start.
Have you been there? I know I definitely have! I’ve been the freebie addict and the serial course taker at one point, and I can tell you this: there is such a thing as TMI.
Too much information (TMI) can lead to a world of hurt when you’re just starting your business. It can make you doubt yourself. It can make you feel 1,000 steps behind. It can paralyze you.
The truth is, information is useless without action. If you’re not taking action because you know too much, it’s time to stop learning and start doing.
Do something, anything. Just choose one thing and don’t stop until you finish it. There is no better teacher than experience. It’s impossible to know everything you’ll need to know to succeed in business before you even start! Trust me, if there was, I’d be selling that as a course!
Educate yourself—of course! I believe in investing in your craft as much if not more than the next gal, but there comes a point when it’s time to lean into what you DO know and what you’re good at and believe that you’ll learn what you need to know as you go.
There are an absurd amount of shiny things out there on the interwebs that can distract you forever if you let them. If you’re in some serious overwhelm from Too Much Information, commit to yourself that you’re going to take action and implement the stuff you’ve already learned and already know before you go down a new path.
And if you’ve tried and failed at this, consider hiring a 1:1 coach to help you find some direction and give you the accountability that you might desperately need to take your ideas and make them a reality.
TMI can make us all feel a little crazy. Don’t let everything you don’t know get in the way of what you’re totally capable of doing today.
P.S. If you’ve always wanted to make a living through your writing but have no clue how or where to start, I’d love to help you. Click here to learn more about The Writerpreneur Way, my unique 3 step coaching process.