I recently spoke at the East Tennessee Women's Economic Summit. I was asked to speak from one of my e-books, Stay or
Go, Should I Start A New Buiness. The organizers ask if I could help by offering a roadmap to women who are asking
themselves this question.
When I work with brand new business owners I often find that they have decided to become self-employed mainly because
they didn't like their job. While I'm a big believer in pushing yourself to make changes in life, I can tell you straight up that it's very difficult to be successful in your own business if you established it only as a way to get out of something you didn't like.
Why? Because pushing yourself to succeed in business takes drive, passion, and purpose. It takes the energy of moving
toward something you see for yourself and those you serve – your vision. If you don't have a strong and clear vision to serve as wind behind your back, pushing you forward, it's tough to face the growth, uncertainty, and challenges that owning your own business will inevitably bring.
Here's a quick way to check how aligned your work (and your life, too!) is with your vision. Take a few minutes to close your
eyes, breath deeply, and let that secret vision you have of yourself and your life take form in your mind's eye. We all have
this – if you don't give yourself over to your visions very often this will take longer than if you do…so be patient and wait. Sometimes we have visions for our life that we've held on to since childhood. Give yourself a few minutes, and see what forms in your mind's eye. Be curious and explore it.
When you're done, open your eyes and take stock. How aligned with this vision is your current daily life and work? What changes might you make to get your vision and your life more aligned? You will find that taking steps toward living your vision fills you up with energy and enthusiasm for the tasks at hand, because you are moving toward something you want. That's a kick-butt energy. Moving away from something you don't like is a waning energy, and doesn't fuel your vision.
Give yourself and your business kick-butt energy. You'll smile more most days, and you'll see your business's bank account