The courage to change course is a strategy in time, energy, and effort saving as demonstrated by my story of changing podcast providers.
“A man who has committed a mistake and doesn’t correct it is committing another mistake.”Confucius
“If it ain’t broke don’t fix it” isn’t the most productive success strategy and runs in direct opposition to finding the courage to change course when things aren’t working.
Until recently and since its inception, my daily podcast for authors Your Daily Writing Habit was hosted on a smaller platform which was not terrible but not great. But it was comfortable. There were little service blips from time to time, but nothing big enough to motivate me to take action and change providers.
For instance, I noticed that despite platform promises, my podcast was never consistently on Spotify (a significant platform in the podcast world). I also never had thorough statistics on my show, and other irksome but not game changing things. And, being a super small company, there wasn’t a reliable customer service solution with trouble tickets, consistent communication, smooth project management, and such. But with no major outages or issues painful enough to grab and keep my attention, it was easier for me to stay put than to go to the trouble of changing providers.
Then, in November, it came to my attention that my podcast had not been distributed to podcast platforms in a week (a dramatic period of time for a daily show). Yikes – 911!
After about another week, distribution resumed. But for me as a loyal customer, the damage had been done, mainly in the form of inconsistent communication and poor customer service during the outage. That’s when I made the decision to switch platforms. And because that transition involved action by the existing, smaller provider… 3 weeks later – the transition was finally complete!
Lessons learned from finding the courage to change course:
#1: Whether it’s a product, service, or relationship, and whether you’re the creator or the customer, don’t wait until it’s too broken to fix. Don’t gloss over the warning signs that it’s not working. This doesn’t mean to freak out and flee for the hills at the first sign of trouble. But it does mean to address the problem and look into alternate solutions sooner than later.
#2: The other benefit to being proactive is that it unlocks opportunities. By taking the vendor comfort zone blinders off and finding a better option, Your Daily Writing Habit is now heard by more people than ever, I have more opportunities for growth, and my statistics dashboard gives me fantastic metrics that I’ve never had access to!
#3: My show was growing faster than the small platform it was on and, until I was forced to take notice, I did not. I stayed in my comfort groove, head down, blind to growth opportunities. And yes, I find this strange, since ordinarily, and in all other areas of my life, I embrace growth and “life curves.” There is a lesson here also about being blind in certain domains of your life while alert for change opportunities in others.
Give yourself the resources you need to succeed and expand your opportunities, even if that means challenging yourself and risking discomfort. If the universe (or your version thereof) is trying to motivate you to grow, heed its call to action. Don’t wait for it to have to scream to get your attention.