I’ll admit it, I’ve purchased A LOT of group programs since starting my coaching business. Some great, others not so great.
And I wanted to write you this love note before you waste any more money on programs without seeing a ROI (return on your investment). Depending on the program, your return on investment could be emotional, financial, personal or health related.
Questions to ask before you BUY:
#1: Is this program what I need right now?
Meaning will you actually be implementing what you learn as you go along? This is important. When I first started, I got hung up on the “star experts” and their programs. I invested in a speaking program before I even knew who my ideal clients were and what my message was. I dropped off the course because I felt lost. It wasn’t that the program wasn’t good, but I just wasn’t ready for it yet. I didn’t know any better.
If you’ve never run before, you wouldn’t start with a marathon run group. You’d probably start with a learn to run 5k group.
#2: Does the mentor’s teaching style match your learning style?
How will the program be delivered? Will it be audio, video, workbooks or a combination of the three. Is the leader detailed or are they better at providing high level overviews? Do you get templates and examples to follow or are you just told what to do? Be honest with what you need and make sure they match.
#3. Does the program offer the personalized support you need?
Is it a self study course or a LIVE program? What works best for you? Are you self-motivated or do you need hand holding? Will you get personalized support or will you be one of hundreds? Be honest with what you need in order to get the most out of your program.
Let’s say you find a program that ticks off all of the boxes. Now you want to make sure to get the most out of it. Here’s how…
This is important. Pay attention here.
Avoid the Top 3 Mistakes Keeping People from Getting Results in Group Programs
If you don’t believe it’s possible for you, it won’t be. If you don’t believe you can, you won’t do the work. Or you’ll do the work but not expect anything to come of it. (I’ll admit I’ve been there before.) This goes for whether it’s a fitness, business or another personal development program. It’s all the same.
#2: They don’t trust the process, timing or ALL of the action steps laid out for them.
Instead they pick and choose what they think is relevant or what they’d like to do and ignore the rest. Just think about baking a cake and forgetting the baking powder. It won’t rise because a key ingredient is missing. It’s important to trust the mentor and know that they’ve got all of the ingredients laid out for you, as long as you do the work.
I’m a firm believer in taking what works for you and letting go of the rest, BUT be sure to ask your mentor if what you might be leaving out is essential or not.
You want to go through the entire program with a fine tooth comb and implement every step of the way. If you get stuck, ask for help, but keep going. Don’t stop. Go back through the content a couple of times and focus 100% of your attention on the program. ONE at a time. Put up your blinders to every other offer and shiny object until you’ve completed it.
#3: They don’t schedule enough time in their calendar and space in their life to go through the entire program.
If they fall behind, they fall off the wagon and instead of getting back up, they look for another solution. Or they beat themselves up for falling behind and let overwhelm set in. This can lead to blaming themselves for not being able to keep up, their circumstances for getting in the way, others for not being supporting enough or the program itself for not delivering what they needed.
This goes back to reinforce their initial lack of believe in their ability (mistake #1) to achieve the results they wanted from the program.
If you want to get the most out of a group program, make sure you can answer yes to the questions listed at the beginning.
Be sure that you believe in yourself, trust in the process and stay consistent no matter what comes up. If you fall off the wagon, don’t beat yourself up. Brush it off and get back at it because you know you can do it.
Choose a program that is right for you and commit to it. Make it non-negotiable.
Don’t fill your cart with a bunch of programs just because they fit your budget. When you stretch yourself financially, you’ll show up in a bigger way.
I spent thousands of dollars on programs before investing in a high level coach and mentorship program. When I added it all up, all those little purchases totaled more than the cost of the 1:1 support I thought was too expensive in the beginning. I could have invested in 1:1 support earlier to help me navigate and prioritize what I needed to do first, second, third, etc.
So keep in mind that all those little programs can add up to more than the cost of the one ideal program or the 1:1 support that you might be been putting off investing in now.
Now you’re all set to get the most out of your program investments. If you’re not sure what you need next, ASK. I’m always just an email away.
P.S. Would you benefit from a program that offers the structure and support of a group program plus 1:1 support to keep you focused, accountable and on track? Contact me and let me know.