Do you have a clear picture of what you want your business to look like?
1 October 2015
Posted By Sheryl Thai On 1 October 2015
I have been running my business for a little over 15 months now, and I definitely feel like I am still in the start-up phase. Talking to different business owners, I expect that until I hit that 3 year mark I will continue to feel this way so I am prepared and ready to do the hard yards – after all, this is a long term play.
In the initially stages of business you put your head down, bum up and work like you have never worked before. If like me, you are responsible for the day to day running, but also everything else like marketing, accounting, business processes as well as trying to think about growth, you probably get bogged down in the day to day so easily.
I know I do.
I am a huge believer in the idea of positive thoughts and directing your thoughts towards what you want to achieve. When I compete in running events, I always picture myself at the finish line after completing the event. If I am trying to trim down (after an overindulgent holiday for example) then I picture myself looking awesome in a bikini in summer.
We know the story, whatever you put your energy to, is typically what comes to life.
I realised the other day when I was speaking to my mentor that I hadn’t stopped to visualise the big picture. I am so caught up in making sure I get back to clients, do a good job, and keeping on top of social media posts, that I have never stopped to think about what I eventually want my business to look like.
If I don’t even know what I am running towards how will I know when I get there?
I know this, I have proven it time and again, but you know how sometimes you just forget the common sense things? Well that is kind of what I have been doing for the last year.
So, whilst going through the figures and assessing my first year of business I really took to the time to picture what I wanted my business to look like eventually. I know it won’t be right away, but it will definitely come quicker if I start to visualise it more.
So, for those who have forgotten the power of positive thinking, here is a nudge. Take 5 minutes to actually think about what you want it to look like. Do you want to grow a huge national company, or are you happy with a funky office in a beach side town. Whatever it is, it doesn’t matter if it is what you want.
Start putting your noggin to good use. I started doing this a month ago, and I can tell you I have so much more positive feelings about the day to day because now I have a clear vision as to where I am going, and as a goal orientated person, it makes me all the more driven to get there.
Founder Bounce Financial