It’s a rare business owner who—at some point—doesn’t feel stuck.
Either you begin to experience burnout, or you aren’t reaching your goals and can’t seem to get past the income plateau you’ve found yourself on.
It’s a normal part of being in business, but staying there isn’t. Successful small business owners figure out how to overcome the hurdles and overwhelm and continue to grow their business. And the first step is to determine what exactly is holding you back.
Lack of Clarity
When you don’t really know what it is you want from your business, you’re experiencing a lack of clarity. Maybe you aren’t clear on who you’re meant to serve, or can’t quite envision your product funnel. Or maybe you can’t even picture your epic training course in its entirety.
These are all symptoms of a lack of clarity, and they can stop a promising business in its tracks.
If you’re suffering from a lack of clarity, take a step back and do some brainstorming (or brain dumping) to get everything out in the daylight where you can see it. This alone can help you get clear on what your next step is.
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Lack of Focus
If you’re clear on your goals but you’re having trouble moving forward consistently, then a lack of focus might be your trouble. You head to your office each morning with purpose, but by lunch it’s clear you haven’t accomplished anything you set out to do.
You’re not a bad person, or even a poor business owner. You just have trouble focusing on the next step that needs to happen to make your dreams come true.
Try this: With your end goal in mind, brainstorm the next physical action you need to take to achieve it. So if your goal is to build a 4-week ecourse, then your next step might be to poll your mailing list about what they need/want from you.
Bored? Lost interest in that business you once loved? This is, unfortunately, pretty common among solo-preneurs. That’s why we see so many of them jumping from business to business, never spending enough time in any one endeavor to see it through to success.
Staying excited about your business starts with having a dream that keeps you going even when you’re faced with the day-to-day drudgery that every small business owner encounters. Not everything is fun when you’re running a business, but if you keep your “why” in mind, it can help you get past the dull spots.
Want to know how to easily fix all these issues (and more)? It’s a simple trick that the world’s most successful entrepreneurs have been using for decades: vision boards. These fun and colorful tools are often just what you need to clarify your dreams, work out your next steps, and stay excited about your business.
Vision boards can be as simple as a few images clipped from a magazine and pinned to a corkboard, or as complex as a framed poster with hand-lettered quotes and personal inspiration. The choice is yours. It’s completely personal, super fun, and best of all, it works. Give it a try next time you’re feeling stuck in your business!
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If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It
Having goals is a critical part of any successful life or business, but it’s not enough to simply say, “I want to earn six figures in 2018.” For real success, you must be able to visualize not only your achievable, realistic plans, but also your big, hairy, audacious goals.
And a vision board is the only tool that allows you to do both while…
- Having fun with your creative side
- Keeping your goals and plans in sight
- Sharing with others for accountability (or not!)
- Revising and rearranging your dreams as necessary (we all change our minds!)
Stop setting for less, and start attaining your goals, for your business, and for your life. A vision board is the first step.
I can’t promise that you’ll make a million dollars or move to Bali, but I can promise you this: With your vision board close at hand, you’ll be well on your way to having your best year ever—and creating a life and a business you love.
How much is that worth to you?