Melynda Smith

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Former Birth Doula + HypnoBirthing Instructor turned Business Strategist, Marketing Mad Scientist + Sales Funnel Pro. CEO superpowers, activate!

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A course for New Earth Doulas who want a restorative, abundant, spacious life and business... that supports their nervous system and their family.

All the things I’m relatively good at now I used to absolutely SUCK at…

Like….

  • Writing blogs and emails
  • Designing sales pages
  • Creating KPI’s, SOP’s + OKR’s
  • Hosting webinars
  • Doing Facebook lives
  • Consultations
  • Developing sales funnels
  • Creating graphics and workbooks and lead captures
  • Managing my finances
  • Cooking goddamn rice (don’t laugh at me)

Etc.

Honestly, I’m not “naturally” good at any of these things. Or likely any of the things you see me doing, that you think I’m “good at”. In the beginning, I had a really hard time doing ALL of this stuff. All. of. it.

Honestly, I had to practice. I developed these skills over time!

I’m not 100% sure that “practice makes perfect” but I DO know for sure that:

PRACTICE = PROGRESS

The biggest mistake most entrepreneurs make when they want to get really good at something or learn a new skill, is that they default to buying books, enrolling courses, talking to people who’ve already done it, etc. 

Which is step one. And very important, yes. Please do that asap. 

But they rarely move into step two, which is ACTUALLY PRACTICING that thing they just learned all about!

You can read all the books you want about “how to ride a bicycle”; but you won’t learn how to actually ride a bicycle… until you start riding a bicycle.

You can read all the books you want about yoga and yogic philosophy… ACTUALLY DOING YOGA is where the magic is. 

You can enroll in a $10,000 course about how to be the best blogger ever and work even work with a blog coach; but YOU WILL NOT BECOME A GREAT BLOGGER UNLESS YOU START WRITING BLOGS.

YOU CAN’T SKIP THE “PRACTICING” PART!

That’s the only way anybody ever got really damn good at anything- is by practicing.

You can not go from beginner to master, without practicing. 

Yes, “practicing” means you will temporarily SUCK at doing the new thing you’re doing. This “suck” phase is painful and you may want to avoid it, but please don’t. Sucking at something new is REALLY insulting to your fragile entrepreneur ego (ask me how I know) and this is exactly why people want to avoid practicing (aka sucking) at all costs.

DON’T DO IT. GO FORTH AND SUCK ANYWAY.

Common scenario: You try something new, and since you’re new, you’re not very proficient, of course, so you think “wow I’m really bad at this, I should just give up and try something else…” and then you go through that cycle for years without ever getting really good at any damn anything. 

Expect to suck. Know that that’s ok. It’s normal. Power through it. Don’t give up. 

CELEBRATE THE SUCK. 

It’s absolutely necessary so you might as well enjoy it. 

The suck is temporary. I promise.

The best way to cut down on the Suck Timeline is to practice. A LOT. This means that at first, a lot of what you create will be absolute shit, ca-ca, GARBAGE. That’s ok. That’s always how things start! That’s totally normal! If you can’t create absolute shit ca-ca garbage… then you won’t ever develop the skills you need to create PURE GOLD.

What are you going to start practicing? Let me know in the comments!

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