Every year I participate in business challenges that help propel my online business forward. I sometimes take the same challenge for several years in a row because this allows me to enter new niches or, as in the the case with The 2015 Quick Start Challenge, revisit a niche that I want to grow.
As this year’s Quick Start Challenge gets underway it’s refreshing to see the enthusiasm and hope among the participants. All of us are here to scale a mountain. For some it’s because they want to make their first dollar online. Others, like me, are participating to push ourselves to the next level in our online journey. Dean, Craig and Robert have put together a stellar program that, if followed, will result in members making money.
The formula for the Quick Start Challenge is tried and true…it works. Still, in spite of having the exact same recipe, some will be successful while others will fail. Why is this? I propose that it comes down to “Teachability,” or what some would call “Coachability.”
Teachability is nothing more than your willingness to learn, grow and adapt. It’s your ability to put aside what you think you already know and jump in with both feet, wide eyed, excited, open, and ready to learn and take action. When you’re teachable you allow yourself to get the most of this challenge and anything else that you do.
I got to thinking about what it takes to be teachable, and I’ve outlined below what I think are The 6 Secrets to Teachability:
1. Show up On Time and Participate: Showing up on time allows you to honor the commitment to yourself. The world of online marketing can be a lonely one, so show up and be part of the community, make some connections and enjoy being part of something that is bigger than you. The live calls for the Quick Start Challenge take place on Mondays at 6:00 Eastern, make a commitment to be there. Yes a replay will be available, but showing up live gives you the chance to ask questions and, well, participate. Participate is pretty self explanatory, but make it a point to join in. Write the blog posts, share them in the Facebook group. Be part of the discussions! It matters.
2. Follow Instructions: In today’s world we are all so busy that most of us forget to “read the manual.” Or, if you’re like me, you want to just throw the manual to the side and start pushing buttons until it works. Don’t do this! Take the time to watch and listen to the videos, even if you think that you know everything. When you follow instructions you won’t skip steps and this increases your chances of success. Your mind will come up with a million excuses as to why you don’t need to follow the instructions. Do it anyway.
3. Set Aside What You Think You Know: One of the reasons that children learn faster than adults is because they don’t already think they know it all. They are willing to learn and listen. Conversely, experts are slow learners because they think that they know a lot. So forget what you think you know and open yourself up to growth.
4. Be Clear on Your Why: What’s your why? On a scale of 1 – 10 how important is it to you to succeed at what you’re doing? If’s you tell yourself that it’s a 10 then what are you willing to give up to make it happen. Do It!
5. Stop Complaining and Stop Making Excuses: Very powerful and successful people do not complain and they certainly don’t make excuses. You have a choice, you can either live the life of your dreams or you can continue to struggle. You choose.
6. Be Honest with Yourself: Chances are you have other things going on in your life. Jobs, school, family can easily get in the way. It might be easy to say, “I don’t have time to do this today.” More likely, the truth will be that you don’t choose to take the time because something else was more important to you. Acknowledge and accept that truth in all that you do.
Allowing yourself to be teachable can and will make a huge difference in your online business (or any business). It doesn’t matter if you’re taking part in the 2015 Quick Start Challenge or some other coaching program, let yourself be teachable.
What else makes someone teachable? Leave me a comment below and let me know.