We need to start with our own clarity of vision. I have found that small business owners usually start their business with high hopes and enthusiasm for the future and success they want.
They dream about it, put all their energy into it, love it, feel it and think continuously about it! The one thing I find is the lack of CLARITY around what they really want owing to no real future VISION driving them in a direction toward that success.
Often, for many small business owners, the passion felt starts to become a little tarnished. They do not have the same energy or passion as it is harder than imagined. They came into business with the technical knowledge on how to make it happen but unfortunately, no-one ever told them how it was going to really be!
They KNOW that they are good at what they do. They KNOW that this is what they want in the future.
I often ask my clients a series of questions starting with: what was your WHY for starting your business and what was your big picture?
How do you see yourself and your business in five years’ time?
Who will you be?
What size and shape will your business take?
Where will you be and how will the marketplace see you?
The list of questions goes on until the picture is really clear.
If your WHY is big enough and you have clarity of vision around it, you will find the way to make it happen. As long as you are willing to give it the time and energy it deserves.
I find that many people starting a new business are expecting it to pay them straight away and they usually have little financial backing to get it going in the beginning. It does take time, money and energy to have a successful business. This does not just happen unless you have something extraordinary or have a product that the market must have.
It takes time to gain this clarity with vision … and sometimes, a lot of time.
Therefore, I say to my clients:
Let’s find deeper clarity of vision by finding out why you wanted to do this business firstly?
What do you want, where do you want to go, who are your future clients, where are you going to find them, what skills do you need etc.?
The list goes on and on until there is a definite clarity of vision on how the future can be viewed at this time. Of course, the vision deepens and often changes over time, as we experience all the different areas initially unknown, whilst we learn and understand, the skill-sets that we need for success.
I find that the best way to get this happening is to write the vision down, then create a vision board of how you see the business in the future. If you can create something that can be seen, you have a greater opportunity of making it happen.
Here is a list of 7 things that I believe will support you to create the business you want:
1. have a written Vision Plan as if it has already happened – say 3-5 years ahead;
2. recreate your vision as best you can on a vision board;
3. have clarity on the steps you need to take commencing with your WHY;
4. once that is there, explain WHAT is your business in a few sentences;
5. know WHO you need to put around you in the way of skills and support;
6. understand WHEN and WHERE your business will happen;
7. finally, create and know the HOW to make it happen.
Your clarity of vision that you want, will be as good as you create and make it happen.
To support you get that I suggest that you find a good mastermind group with an independent board of directors to support you grow.
Read here to understand the power of vision for greater clarity.
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