Y’all I hosted a vision board workshop. And we didn’t even get to the part where you create the board. But, I couldn’t be happier! LOL
Why this insanity you ask???
Because visions boards are about much more than pasting pretty pictures. It is more than cutting fancy ads about the doodads you want or places you want to travel.
- It’s about tapping into your core dreams.
- Uncovering possibilities that you have buried.
- And drafting a plan to bring this ideas to life.
Without feeling overwhelmed or stressed out.
Because here is something many entrepreneurial leaders know about goal setting and dreams:
When I first heard about vision boards, I thought they were for people who believed unicorn poop is magical and money trees do really grow. I was too busy sweating in the trenches.
- Focusing on SWOT analysis and keeping the damn lights on
- Finding new customers and keeping them happy
- And my all time favorite, return on investment. Or as I like to think about it – will my blood, sweat, and tears today pay off tomorrow?
I didn’t have no stinkin’ time to be pasting pictures on a posterboard. I was building a business!
Until I realized recently how vision boards REALLY work.
Customers want something new.
You might have heard that Wal-Mart is closing stores in several small and rural communities. It’s a tough blow for many of those communities. Because their small businesses were hit hard when Wal-Mart came to town. And now that they are leaving, customers are stuck with few options.
My friends, that spells opportunity for you!
No, I don’t mean that you should open a retail store.
But pay attention to the trend. When the world’s biggest store starts closing stores, something is shifting. Even if it’s only a fraction of their stores.
It means something is not working.
And that my friends… Is a great thing for entrepreneurs.
- Are you having panic attacks thinking about writing your business plan?
- Hearing the voices of former teachers telling you how bad your writing is?
- Freezing up when you try to plan out what goals to focus on?
- Or just B.O.R.E.D. out of your mind staring at the blank page?
Then you’ll be all ears when I reveal a secret about writing your business plan.
Don’t bother making New Year’s business resolutions this year. Make a two month or three month goal. Super busy and can’t see that far? Develop a two week goal.
Because New Year’s resolutions don’t work. You’ll lose focus too easy. Or find new goals and get distracted. And once you miss the target, you’ll lose valuable momentum.
I have been guilty of this myself. I sat down to plan my business goals this year. I tried a few times to visualize what I wanted for my business this year. And something kept coming up to distract me. And I couldn’t think big picture. So it hit me:
If you find selling hard, let me offer a suggestion which could make it easier:
- Stop talking
- Start listening
Yes, stop telling people what you do. Don’t tell them your title. Or what your service offers. Or how many different colors, sizes, bells, and whistles your product comes with. And definitely don’t use industry terms to describe your business like everyone else does.
Curious about how it works?
Want tips on how you can earn more money in your micro-business while doing what you love? Then you’ll enjoy this podcast interview. I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Bonnie Brown, Founder of The Dog Trainers Connection. She asked a very powerful question for dog trainers who love what they do but want help in growing their business.
Dog trainers – like most service professionals – have to juggle the dual task of serving their clients AND serving their OWN business – aka finding more clients and juggling the many roles of running a business. That’s not easy!!!
So I shared three powerful tips on how dog trainers and other service professionals can grow their biz.
Send me any questions you have after you listen!
It always seems like time is the enemy. You aren’t making enough money because you can’t seem to get everything done? There is too much “to do” and not enough time.
I hear this scenario all of the time from entrepreneurs. I woke up motivated, Malla. I had a PLAN! A few marketing tasks. Some sales calls. And a list of operational tasks. I knew it was going to happen. But I fell off after:
- one too long visit with my accountant and a reminder about taxes
- a no call/no voicemail prospect who told me she was interested but has ignored all of my calls
- and the three hours I spent messing around with that plug-in which still isn’t working on my website.
I get it! But you don’t have a time management problem. You haven’t even scratched the surface. The real problem is
Take a moment to congratulate yourself on everything that you accomplished this year.
Whatttt? I’m not telling you to:
- Review your marketing and tweak who you your ideal client is
- Update your website
- Work on your long things to do list
- Revamp your website
- Get to work on your sales plan (Which btw these are all good ideas if you’ve got 30 min or more!!)
Nope. I want you to take some serious well deserved down time. Ignore the fact that you are not earning the money YET that you’d like. And spend quality time with family, friends, and doing what makes your heart happy this holiday season.