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Focusing on What Works

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A lot of things are not working right now.

From the health care system to supply chains to being able to reliably plan things like work, child care, travel, and school, everyone on the planet is living with prolonged and severe stress.

It's hard not to succumb to exhaustion, anger, and despair. Those feelings are only natural.  I'm not here to blow Pollyanna sunshine around...we need to acknowledge what's real and to feel the way we feel. BUT...

For many of us, whether we are parents, entrepreneurs, educators, something else, or all of the above: WE are all we've got. The space between our ears has got to run the show, and in a positive way... or the show will not go on.

I know you know what I'm talking about, so I won't waste time. We are all acutely aware of what's NOT working right now, and the many things that are out of our control.

So let's get right to focusing on what does work, and what we CAN control.

The Importance of Self-Efficacy

"Self-efficacy" is one of the three motivational factors described by educational theorist and researcher Robert M. Gagné.

Self-efficacy means "being able to take effective action on one's own behalf". That's a fairly abstract concept during normal times, because people are generally USED TO taking effective action on their own behalf, all the time.

So explaining "self-efficacy" can be like trying to explain water to a fish: you're always swimming in it, so it's hard to understand what it IS. Until now.

 That thing that's missing from all of our lives right now?

 That's self-efficacy. 

When you work your hardest to get ahead, only to find yourself slipping behind:

 that's LACK of self-efficacy

The entire planet is facing a self-efficacy crisis right now. We've all been working our hardest, stepping out of (or being unceremoniously thrown out of) our comfort zones, being creative and adaptable and keeping our spirits up, but at a certain point, when faced with an invisible shape-shifting enemy that's literally trying to kill us... it can all feel like too much.

This is where YOU, and the importance of the expertise you want to teach and share with the world, come in.

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I've worked with hundreds of experts creating courses in all kinds of subject areas.

Whenever I ask them, "What's the difference you want your course to make for your own life, and for the world?" the first thing they focus on is how they want their course to change the world and make a difference for other people in positive ways.

I know that's your focus too... or you wouldn't be reading this blog. 

So let me ask you: would it be helpful to focus on building more self-efficacy into your own life, and the lives of the people you serve, in these turbulent times?

We can't do anything about the conditions out there,

but we can do everything about our own focus, attitude, and the structures we build to help others improve theirs.

That's what an online course is designed to do.

How do you build self-efficacy into an online course?

The online space has been a safe space during these turbulent times. If you want to build community and create a positive path forward for the people you feel called on to serve, creating an online course is a solid place to do that. So the CONTEXT of an online course provides self-efficacy to begin with.

To build self-efficacy into the STRUCTURE and CONTENT of your course, it helps to follow a proven, step-by-step process that ensures your course is designed for the way people actually learn. I created this schematic to show you the step-by-step process we follow in the Course Design Formula® Master Course:

the cdf journey map

If you’d like to make creating an online course that really teaches at a deep level, a priority this year, 

schedule a time NOW to talk with me

about whether the Course Design Formula® Master Course (starting January 18th, 2022) is right for you.

 Spaces are limited so book your call now.

(If you can't find a time slot that works for you on my calendar, 

just send me an email to Rebecca@learnandgetsmarter.com

with "Master Course" in the subject line).

Join the January 2022 cohort

of the Course Design Formula® Master Course

CLASS STARTS JANUARY 18TH, 2022

Book your enrollment interview now!

I'd love for you to be able to look back next June and see the first half of 2022 as the time when you learned how to  make a tremendous positive difference in highly effective and practical ways.

Lean Forward

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How do you deal with an unprecedented situation for which you have no pre-existing mental frameworks... no appropriate prior knowledge?

That's the challenge our entire planet has been facing for the past several months.

How are YOU facing it? How are you holding up?

If you're like most of us, you may have been finding this time incredibly stressful on every level.

And yet, you may also be finding this challenging time a catalyst for creativity and growth.

At the Learn and Get Smarter community meeting last Saturday, we  asked ourselves:

How can we be creative with our businesses and courses?
How can we find solutions instead of complaining?

One solution we discussed at the meeting was to "lean forward"... both physically and literally... so as to create a sense of energy and momentum (such as when appearing on screen in a Zoom meeting), and metaphorically by leaning forward into the future with energy and purpose.

We've been exploring the value of chaotic conditions, conditions of disruption, as a catalyst for developing new ways of doing things.

Considering the area of education in particular, we looked at educational resources that are especially available to us now.

We explored ways this can this time can provide  opportunities to improve learning for ourselves, our families, our businesses, our communities, and our societies.

Some ideas we explored at the meeting included:

  • learning from family
  • learning online
  • self-paced learning
  • following one's own interests in depth
  • finding out what kids' interests are and then teaching them about that
  • learning through practical hands-on experiences (real life learning, apprenticeships)
  • real life lessons.... learning by failure as well as success (safe to fail experiments--small consequences from failure)
  • practical hands on learning: kids can have their own business, for example
  • pairing up introverts and extroverts/ talkers and non-talkers 
  • pairing up people with others who need help

We are adapting to the current conditions through:

  • using what we've got to the fullest
  • replacing our old routines and rituals with new ones
  • pairing up people with others who need help (delivery systems pair up people who need jobs with people who need food)

The Course Design Formula Master Course starts June 16th!

Write to Rebecca@learnandgetsmarter.com to reserve your spot!


If you're ready to start turning creative solutions in YOUR business into an online course for the people you're here to serve,

Learn and Get Smarter is here to help. 

The next cohort of the Course Design Formula® Master Course is starting soon.

Write to Rebecca@learnandgetsmarter.com NOW to reserve your place!

How are YOU "leaning forward" in YOUR business?


An entrepreneur solves problems that are causing people pain.


Right now, the entire planet is in pain.

What solutions can we come up with, in our areas of expertise, to help alleviate that pain,

in alignment with our mission?


Your mission this week (should you feel inspired to accept it) is to look for examples that you find effective, of creative solutions that are working to keep people healthy, employed, connected, and fed.

Here's an example that I think is both creative and  inspiring:

Air B n B has come up with the idea of "experiences" that people can reserve online (rather than reserving physical accomodation in homes). Air B n B hosts are inviting others into their homes virtually, since they can't invite them physically.

Check it out here: 

https://www.airbnb.com/s/experiences

At next week's community meeting we will explore models of creative entrepreneurship and inspired social solutions.

How is YOUR business adjusting and adapting? Has your mission changed, pivoted, or remained the same?

How is your business and your mission contributing to the public good?

Let's continue to inspire ourselves and each other as we build community, collaboration and connection to strengthen our social and emotional capital in these challenging times.

Come to the community meeting on May 30th and keep the momentum going as we continue to explore ways to  optimize our impact as thought leaders,  educators and entrepreneurs.

Wise Women's Meeting

Register for the meeting

Saturday, May 30th  2020

9 AM Pacific/ 12 noon Eastern

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Exploring Solutions and Finding Synergy

Groups of people working together to solve complex problems

At our Learn and Get Smarter community meeting on Saturday, May 2nd, we started filling in the content for the course we're creating about how to survive and thrive under changing conditions imposed by the Coronavirus pandemic.

We started by sharing solutions we've each found, that are working for us, to take good care of ourselves. 

Each solution, we realized, creates opportunities for entrepreneurs to move in and help fill new niches, including some that never existed before.

Solutions we found

that create opportunities for:

Setting up a home office

Home ergonomists, office planners, Feng Shui experts, professional organizers, furniture sales

Practicing meditation and mindfulness

Mindfulness coaches

Getting support and building community with others who share a vision of building online courses that make a difference. 


Being in the midst of people who help us make sense of what's going on.



All of us in the Learn and Get Smarter community

Keeping a positive outlook. Acknowledging there's a cloud, and then looking for the silver lining in it!

Laughter coaches, humor writers, YouTube video creators, Meme masters

Finding ways to have fun.

Mind-mapping ways to have fun

Taking care of our physical selves through movement, exercise, and dance.

Physical trainers, dance, yoga, pilates and exercise instructors

Reflecting on how our vision for what we need to accomplish, has changed... and how it needs to change. Creating vision boards. 

Life coaches, productivity planners, success coaches, therapists

Creating daily structure and schedules, with focus and purpose and gratitude.

Creating planners and journals. Doing Facebook Lives to teach our methods to others. Creating things to sell that have inspirational messages to give as gifts. Opportunities for home organizers, professional organizers, motivational workers. Opportunity to build social capital and goodwill. 

Focusing on things we had meant to do before the pandemic but  never had time for (cleaning out that closet, learning to bake bread, developing a skill.)

Creating online courses on ANY topic or skill

Developing a feeling of competence and control by creating new structures and systems and schedules that work with the current reality. Creating daily and weekly schedules that work efficiently and are predictable.


(Some of these are better than what we had before.)

Instacart workers, people who want to help others by doing errands. Writing blog posts. Creating online processes for ordering and delivery and other systems for doing business while keeping people safe.

At next week's community meeting we will continue exploring solutions we're finding to take care of ourselves and our families...and brainstorming the business opportunities these solutions create for our community of online course creators.

Explore solutions 

and find opportunities

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Come to the community meeting on Saturday, May 9th, 2020

9 AM Pacific/ 12 Noon Eastern

Speaking of taking care of ourselves and our families: how are you feeling? How are you doing?

What solutions and opportunities are you finding to cope with the pandemic?

I notice that as time goes on, we may become better at handling the basics such as how to get food or cope with being at home, while finding the  emotional aspects of social distancing more difficult to take.

One thing I find challenging is not being able to go out into nature (I realize that for some this is not an issue, while for others it is).

So I'm going to start exploring virtual reality as a way of experiencing environments other than the walls of my own home.

(This is an example of how the pandemic can create an accelerated learning curve... which may end up being a good thing.)

What new methods, modalities, and systems are you using to cope? 

Write to Rebecca@learnandgetsmarter.com and let me know... and/or, come to the meeting and share what you've discovered that works!