Fear of Failure?
I've had different versions of my website for the last 12+ years. I created the first one when I started publishing novels and needed an online presence. It was static and I received very little traffic. I installed WordPress and saw an uptick in traffic, but I found I didn't have time to nurture my site. I went back to a static site and, surprise, lost traffic.
When my husband lost his job after 29 years, I decided to reinvent my site and market it to writers instead of readers. I've been hard at work adding posts and trying to find some affiliates.
I decided that I wanted to offer my own "product" as another stream of revenue (especially because I wasn't seeing any real action from my affiliate marketing).
My product? A course: Writing a Fantastic First Chapter.
I planned out the lessons, wrote the text for each lesson, made PDFs, and created assignments to help students learn the material better. I uploaded all of that to the platform I chose.
The last piece I need to do is make a video for each module for those students who would prefer a video. I've created all the Power Point slideshows and all I need to do is add audio to them.
I'm almost done.
But I'm not.
I keep putting off adding the audio to the slideshows. I've cleaned, done laundry, walked around the neighborhood, talked to people, gone shopping, and even gone to the gym.
All to avoid making my videos.
Fear of failure.
In my head, my course is successful and my online business has taken off. In my head, I have students eager to take my course--they're begging to get into my course. In my head, I'm helping people learn how to write a fantastic first chapter and helping them to get that much closer to their dream of publishing a novel. In my head, I'm making money and helping with family finances.
In my head.
Once I make the course available, well, that's a whole other ballgame. Then all the things in my head might prove to be false. I could fail miserably. I could have zero students. I could have nothing to offer on my website.
And my entire online business could go down the drain.
Fear of failure.
Anyone else experience this?
I know the remedy: sit down, add the audio to my slideshows, upload the videos to my modules, and launch the course.
That's no different from what I had to do with my novels. Just. Get. It. Done.
So: butt in chair, audio on, and here I go to create the videos for my course.