I recently learned something awesome and I know when I talked about it to my list, I was shocked that so many others had the same problem.
For a long time, I bought IM guides and did it verbatim (when they had exact steps LOL). But anyway, if I encountered something I couldn't do, like maybe a tool I couldn't afford or a step that confused the hell out of me, I'd get that yucky panicked or uncomfortable feeling in the pit of my stomach.
It told me if I didn't do it exact, then I would fail.
Finally............I learned how to let go of that!
Now I don't force myself. In fact, I'm free and easy with my implementation ways! If I study a course and it tells me to get Aweber and I can't afford it (for example), I'll find MailChimp. If it tells me to buy do something I don't like ethically, I skip that part and do something I feel might be equivalent in being helpful.
I think of it like this - I'm baking a cake at home and realize I ran out of eggs. What do I do? Stick some applesauce in the batter. Works like a charm.
Do you feel the freedom to do this or do you feel that old ball and chain of "following in footsteps" gnawing at you?