What ONE goal do you need to focus on ?
How often do you listen deeply to your clients?
Let’s keep it real. It’s HARD. Because we have agendas. Bills to pay. Financial goals to reach.
But it’s a valuable practice that can help you start nailing MORE financial goals.
Check out an “aha” I had recently. I listened to attendees at a workshop I delivered. And it really opened my eyes to how best to serve them.
If you are a one person business owner, you’ve probably had this occurrence. A business/professional issue. A personal issue. Something that causes you to get into a funk – aka you don’t want to get out of bed and your energy is totally lacking. You have no creativity.
I’ll share two tips for how you can embrace the funk…without letting it destroy your business.
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.
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.
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.
Ever get stuck trying to figure out your company brand or mission statement? Those worksheets are hard in the early stages of your business. Because you have NO idea what matters most to you or your future customers.
So let me share an easier way to get started:
Prefer to read it? Or don’t have any headphones handy? The edited transcript is below.
This is Malla Haridat here, helping you kick start your business. I am a small business coach and I love helping folks take their business to the next level.
I just came off of a week of having a nasty, nasty sinus cold, so if you still hear me very nasally, my apologies in advance.
But I’ve just had something in my spirit that I want to get out.
So, first of all for those of you that may not know what a Vision Board is. A Vision board is simple. It is you basically sitting down with your six-year-old self-cutting out visuals or words that call to you.
Nervous about flipping the switch to start your business? Because you don’t have everything “all together” yet?
STOOOOPPPP the nonnnnnnsense. You ain’t never gonna get it perfect. Just start.
And for the ladies who are about to flip me the side eye……I’m talking to you. Start telling people why you can help them solve their problems. Before you are comfortable.
I was chatting with friend recently. A really smart woman. In school getting her Masters. Working full time and handling family and life responsibilities.
She knows I coach entrepreneurs. She started proudly telling me about what she developed already in the pre-launch stage of her business.
But there was something missing. And it’s common for entrepreneurs who are creating businesses that connect their heart with their future invoices.
It’s tempting to get “goo goo gaa gaa” over creating new goals at the beginning of the year.
I love all of it.
But please don’t buy into the hype this year. Don’t get stuck planning. Get started on DOING. Because I want to see you smile when the clock strikes December 2017.
Stop stressing on the possibilities. Yes, those are wonderful. But what matters is:
Take an honest look at your numbers.
I know. This isn’t the “whoo hooo we are goal setting ” moment that you wanted. No planners. No cool strategy maps. No vision boards or business plans.
Instead, it’s a quiet moment of reflection for some. Or a “Let’s come to the altar and pray ” moment for others.
All you need to do is ask yourself two questions:
If you are anything like the Type As I often work with, you’ll feel like a failure. It’s easy when you start thinking about your plans for the year. The comparisons with other businesses. And what you know in your heart your business can earn.
Instead consider yourself a researcher. Someone gathering data. Numbers that don’t mean anything. No stories.