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Hi, I have a prompt for you.
The first prompt for this newsletter!
Today’s newsletter will be me sharing my reflection with a prompt for you.
Since last year, many of you have sent me emails to say hello or ask questions. I'm grateful because I can connect with you.
Of course, I started to write for a selfish reason: to help me think. But as the subscribers of this newsletter grow, I keep thinking about how to write something relevant. I tried to make a series but felt disconnected.
So I want to try something new. I want to write my reflection once a week (maybe every Friday). Then, I also want to include a prompt. The prompt will help you to think about something, and I hope you can share it in the comment section.
Prompt 01. The fear in our head
After I quit my job, I created a cohort-based course. I started working on this in November 2022. I was excited but terrified because I didn’t know if it would work. I have a lot of doubts: Does anyone want to pay for this? Can I deliver a good experience for the cohort?
But whenever I felt this fear, I tried my best to work on one puzzle at a time. In the beginning, I started by clarifying what transformation I wanted to give to my students. Then I started to brainstorm the essential frameworks, tactics, and ideas to help students transform themselves.
I quickly realized there was a lot to prepare. The reading materials, the in-class exercise, preparing the students' platform, and so on. Another fear starts to kick in: Am I good enough? If I prepare all of this, does anyone want this? Then, I decided to test.
Before I finished the Syllabus, I announced to my audience on Instagram about this idea. Then, magically 10 people signed up. They paid. I was really grateful for them to put trust in me.
It was a total roller coaster. Sometimes, I feel confident about the course. But there are days when I struggle to ensure the students can get the point and know how to apply.
What I have learned from this experience is simple but profound:
1 - Action gives momentum. Whenever I feel confused or worried, I realize that taking action is much better. I usually write the question on the paper, structure my thinking, and set a to-do list or plan to attack it. Whenever I don’t do this, I get overwhelmed and demotivated. Taking action is indeed key in this situation.
2 - Impostor is expected. Whenever you do something new, you’ll feel the impostor. There’s no guidebook. There’s no sure way to accomplish this new thing. You’re learning as you go. So, whenever in doubt, I said to myself: Well, I’m learning, and I’ll try my best.
A prompt for you:
Go to the comment section in this blog and introduce yourself. Then, share with us the last time you have fears—or even low points or felt impostor. What are those fears or worries? If you have overcome it, what were the key actions that helped you? If you still figuring it out, what questions do you have?
If you’d like, you can post your response in the comments below or on Twitter or Instagram by tagging @buditanrim.
I hope to hear from you.
P.S. You can check the cohort-based course I’m talking about. For now it’s only for Indonesian audience. But hopefully I can open it up to english-speaking audience in the future.