As course creators, we often put ourselves in our own way when it comes to creating, launching, and marketing our courses. We may procrastinate, doubt our abilities, or fail to effectively promote our work. All of these behaviours can sabotage our success and prevent us from reaching our full potential.

Here are some of the most common ways course creators sabotage themselves:

  • Procrastination: We put off starting or finishing our courses, often due to fear or perfectionism.
  • Lack of focus: We get distracted by other ideas and projects, and our courses never get completed.
  • Imposter syndrome: We doubt our abilities and convince ourselves that our courses aren’t good enough.
  • Overcomplication: We make our courses too complex and overwhelming for our students.
  • Not setting goals: We don’t have a clear plan for our course creation journey, so we’re more likely to give up.
  • Not asking for help: We try to do everything ourselves, even when we don’t have the expertise.
  • Not engaging with students: We don’t build relationships with our students before, during, or after the course.
  • Not making the course engaging: We create boring and uninspiring content that our students don’t want to learn from.
  • Not marketing the course enough: We don’t tell people about our courses, so they don’t know they exist.
  • Not seeking feedback: We don’t ask for feedback from our students or colleagues, so we can’t improve our courses.

So how can we overcome these self-sabotaging tendencies?

If you find that you are sabotaging your own course creation journey, there are a few things you can do to get back on track:

  • Identify your sabotaging behaviours. The first step to overcoming a problem is to identify it. Once you know what you are doing that is holding you back, you can start to make changes.
  • Create a plan. Break down your goals into smaller, more manageable steps. Create a timeline for yourself and stick to it.
  • Ask for help. Don’t be afraid to ask for help from others. There are many resources available to help you create and market your courses.
  • Join a community: There are many online and offline communities of course creators who can support and encourage you.
  • Celebrate your successes: Take the time to appreciate your accomplishments, no matter how small they may seem.
  • Believe in yourself. You have something valuable to offer. Believe in yourself and your ability to create a successful course.

Remember, you are not alone. Many course creators struggle with the same challenges that you do. But by overcoming these self-sabotaging tendencies, you can create a successful course that will help others.