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- Do you have an amazing support team that’s rocking it?
- Are your programs filled with happy, paying clients?
- Do you have revenues flowing in automatically each month?
- Are your business credit cards completely paid off?
- Are you holding live workshops, retreats or 3-day events?
- Do you have a kick-ass sales process that keeps the clients coming?
If you answered YES to any of these possibilities, yay for you! But I’ve got some bad news too. The odds of you accomplishing these, or any other goals you might have on your radar, are stacked against you.
Sorry… I know that hurts. Google “business success statistics” and you’ll see that less than 2 out of 10 entrepreneurs survive this crazy ride. But don’t get depressed and certainly don’t shoot the messenger. Instead, put your big girl (or boy) panties on and get curious about how you can be a part of the group that kicks ass.
Since my promise to you through this Business Acceleration Series is to be honest about what it takes to succeed in business, I’m going to be brutally honesty…
No matter how smart you are or how hard you work, you will NEVER have your “dream business” without knowing what that “dream business” looks like.
Translation… to succeed in business you must have a clear, compelling, written vision of what you want your business to look like 1 year (or more) from now.
With a clear vision, you will…
- see what projects and priorities deserve your time and attention
- know what to focus on each day to move you toward it
- make better decisions about where to invest your time and money
- be willing to get uncomfortable and take courageous action every day
But what if you are like this reader who sent me this response to my original email?
“Jane, thanks for sharing that one thing you did to reclaim your mojo was reconnecting with your WHY by reviewing your written vision. When I read that I realized I don’t have a clear, written vision of where I want to be one year from now. I need some help!”
Granted, I’ve been “vision crafting” for over 30 years. Each time we started a new business, we’d take time to create our vision. Whenever we got frustrated or lost sight of what it was about, it was our vision that pulled us forward. I’ll even go so far as to say that having a vision is one of the five most important elements of our success over these past 30 years.
So, how do you find your business vision or take the vision you already have to the next level?
While it’s likely easier than you think, it is not something I can tackle here. (Hint… there’s a downloadable gift at the end.) But I will share some personal insights that have helped me tap into my Visionary for whatever business we are building.
Tip #1: Notice what’s keeping you from clarifying your vision.
It may be a lack of deservedness, too many disappointments, parents that told you not to dream or a fear you lack the talent, money, opportunity (you name it) to make the vision come true. When you can see what’s keeping you from it, the monster has less power over you.
Tip #2: Make it a priority.
Most people don’t have a compelling, written vision because they’ve not made it a priority. What if I told you that writing down your 1 year vision was a 100% guarantee that your path to your next big breakthrough would be easier, more profitable and more fun? Would you make time for it then?
Tip #3: Make it multi-dimensional.
Often, when clients share their 1 year vision, it looks more like a “to do” list of goals rather than a compelling vision. Breathe life into your vision by telling a story that includes where you will be working, who you will be working with, the triumphs you’ll be celebrating, the charities you will be supporting and how it all feels.
Tip #4: Surround yourself with support.
Whether that’s the environment in which you write out your vision or the people you share it with, be sure to give yourself the gift of support, by aligning with people who believe in you and will encourage you to make it a reality.
Now… the process you use to turn your vision into your reality depends on a lot of things. You may be like my sister Sue in Hawaii, who gets clear about what she wants, sits down to meditate and miraculously the phone starts ringing (No, seriously. I’ve seen it happen and while she does have a “to do” list, this woman can manifest like nobody’s business.) Or perhaps you’re a mere mortal like me and need a plan to get from A to Z. Just know that once you have a clear compelling vision you’re playing the game of business at a whole new level. ;0)
So are you ready?
Are you willing to invest a little time in either writing out your vision for the first time, or dusting off the vision you stashed in a drawer and making it more real and relevant? If yes, I’ve got a gift for you. It’s my Vision Quest Exercise I use with our private and virtual course clients. My promise is that it makes “vision crafting” us easier, a lot less intimidating and a hell of a lot more fun.
Also, it would mean the world to me if you would share your insights or questions on the power of having a business vision below. I want to learn more about you!