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The next step in your business plan is to create a vision for where you want to go!
Do you allow yourself to Dream? Or do you shut your dream down before it ever gets started?
Sometimes it does hurt to dream and to desire what we want. Why is that? Well because we have felt the disappointment of dreams not happening in the past and we do not want to feel that again. We know the pain of being let down, getting bad news and being heart broken. And often we have put our hearts on the line to only have them be broken. This then leads to us being scared to dream and we shut down the possibilities. We become rational and tell ourselves it isn’t worth the risk.
I am here to tell you it is ok to say “I want”. And to say it powerfully with no shame. Your dreams draw out your deepest and most inner desires.
At the same time as a dream bringing out our deepest desire and allowing us to go to a place, even for a short time, putting us in a different world….they can also bring out the deepest fears we have buried. Fear wants us to live a small life. A safe life. So, I dare you to DREAM BIG. Dream so big is scares you. If your dream doesn’t scare you, if you don’t know how it is ever going to come about, if your dream is within reach…THEN IT ISN’T BIG ENOUGH!
So how do you make your dream a reality?
First….SPEAK UP! Find someone or a group of people that you can share your dream with. Once it is spoke and told to others you now have people who will hold you accountable. Who will also help you to get to your dream. Once you speak it out loud, many things can and will fall into place to help you take the steps to making your dream a reality.
Second….WRITE IT DOWN! Look at it every day. I have something similar at my desk that I see every day. My note is “MY PASSIONS” and lists out the two things that I am deeply passionate about in regard to business. And that is our condo and our dog program. I don’t tire of researching these things and learning more. They are areas that are very passionate to me. Having your dreams and passions in front of you daily will remind you what you are working towards.
Next you want to create a vision statement. A vision statement is your statement of truth. It is the I AM vs. the I want. A dream says I want, and a vision statement says I AM. The vision is how your dream looks for you. It is tangible. And it will be specific for you. A vision statement is very important as it will help you see the direction you need to go. It will give you hope for the future as well. It will breathe life into your goals and business and will help you keep up great momentum.
Also remember your vision statement is not sealed and unchangeable. It is ok to grow. It is ok to change. And if that in turn changes your vision….GREAT….write a new one! It can evolve, twist and turn over time. As you grow your plans and vision will as well. Embrace it.
Next take your vision and make it into a mission statement.
Don’t over complicate things. Keep it SIMPLE! It should have purpose, principle and conviction. Dreams say I want; Vision says I Am and mission statements say I exist to. It will outline what you are about and defines what you are NOT about. As Dan Miller says, “It’s another layer of clarity for you and your business.”
And lastly….when you know your I want, I am and I exist to…..stick with it. Many opportunities will come your way and present themselves to you. There may be times you are tempted to try them. And this isn’t a bad thing. At the same time, does it fit your goals and statements? If not…..let them pass by. As Christy Wright says, “Stay in your own lane.” If it doesn’t line up with your mission statement, it is not the right fit for you.
So let’s do more homework. Ask yourself these things and write them down:
What is your dream for your business? (The I want)
What is your vision for your business?
Ex. “In ________________(time frame), I am _________________________.”
What is your mission statement?
“My business exists to_____________________________________________
Here are examples of mine:
I want to be financially free
I want to help others own their first vacation home
I want to have 2-5 vacation properties
In two years, I own a 2nd condo. In 5 years, I will be financially free
(I have three as I count this blog/group a business)
-My business exists to help others achieve their dream of owning a vacation home
-Manta Ray Condos exists to show others God’s peace through their vacation time with us. Providing rest, rejuvenation and relaxation
-Flying High K9s exists to provide quality bred dogs and a deep meaningful relationship with all our owners.
So go head. DREAM BIG. And write it down. I would love to hear what you come up with!