I have been thinking and reading a lot about limiting beliefs and how our brains can be programmed to think something is impossible even if it isn’t. These limiting beliefs hold us back from moving forward in our lives, our relationships and our businesses and keep us “stuck”.
Back in May, I listened to an episode of one of my favorite podcasts, Happier by Gretchen Rubin, which addressed exactly this topic. (Here is the episode to check out!). It got me thinking about what was holding me back.
For years I have been working with singers, voice teachers and songwriters, helping them to develop skills at the piano to support their music and even their livelihood. Ever since I posted an online video giving piano tips for singers, I have dreamed of creating an online course designed to be an affordable and efficient way to help singers develop the piano skills they need. But, I had never gotten around to doing it. Why?
Well, that would have involved me buying equipment, learning how to use it, learning how to professionally edit the material and figure out how to get the whole thing formatted and uploaded online. I am terrible with technology and computers, I am easily frustrated and am historically awful at following instructions. Basically, I can’t create this course because I SUCK AT TECHNOLOGY. After listening to the podcast, I thought to myself “is this a limiting belief?” Clearly this belief in my sucking at technology was holding me back from a dream project. I decided to hit it head on.
I bought the equipment and software, watched dozens of YouTube instructional videos, beta tested the equipment, tried camera angles, you name it. I paid a web designer to set it all up on my website and launched it and people started buying it. It was amazing. And then it crashed. I got a massive malware infection and the whole thing kind of blew up.
Good time to give up, right? I felt a bit discouraged, but then I remembered how far I had come. I learned to use complicated equipment, how to professionally edit video, how to set up lighting and how to mount it all online, and I even learned how to write code for WordPress. How could I let one little (big) website crash hold me back? So, I researched another online platform, re-edited the entire course, fixed my website (with help from my pal Evan), transferred my domains over to a more secure hosting site (thank you SiteGround.com) and re-launched. It took a lot of time, but I was shocked at how calm, cool and collected I was during the entire process).
The irony of this process is not lost on me. I created a course to help singers confront their limitations at the piano, and in order to do so I had to confront my limitations with technology. This is yet another case of “If I can do it, you sure as heck can!” CLICK HERE to see the online course in all it’s splendor!!
Check out the video below to see a promo video I made for my course. (I did it all by myself!!!)