So you realize the importance of having a vision for your business.
But how do you develop that vision into an actual, successful, profitable business?
- Do you work 16 hours per day?
- Do you cold-call/message hundreds of different people, 99% of whom will ignore you?
- Do you invest every available dollar into the business, and live on ramen for the foreseeable future?
Ack! That’s not my way at all. And I’m assuming you’d rather not do those things either, but maybe you don’t see an alternative.
The traditional advice out there tells you to put your nose to the grindstone and work, work, work. Then when the money starts coming in, reinvest every available dollar. Maybe one day down the road, two or three years out, you can actually take a salary for yourself. But probably just minimum wage if you’re lucky.
OK, I may be exaggerating a little — but this really is the reality for many small business owners. And many others don’t see any alternative but to work themselves to exhaustion and burnout.
That’s not the way to build a business. Building a business is supposed to lead to freedom, not even worse conditions than your 9-5 job.
There is another way, but it requires being open to a reality that some may be uncomfortable with.
As a small business owner, you have to trust in the power of your vision.
I already discussed in my last post how your vision is the seed of your business.
And you might think I just mean in practical ways: you can use your vision as a reference-point as you grow your business to make sure you are on track.
And that’s true. But your vision is a lot more powerful than that.
I believe, and have experienced, that your vision, when held persistently, has the power to attract to yourself the elements that will make your business succeed.
This might sound a bit crazy. How can clarifying and holding your vision accomplish anything?
It’s because of the law of attraction.
The law of attraction, in a nutshell, says that like attracts like. Whatever you hold in mind persistently will be reflected back to you in reality.
Hold in mind that your business is stagnating, and, well, your business will stagnate.
But believe sincerely that your business is thriving, and it must.
The law of attraction is exactly what enables you to turn your vision from a mere thought in your mind, into actual, physical reality.
Your vision is the blueprint for your business, because reality will reflect back to you the vision you hold in mind and ensure it comes about.
Start With the Seed
Your business should be an extension of you. It should reflect who you are as a person.
And if you do it right, it will do exactly that.
But you have to start with a vision that reflects what inspires you and brings you joy. If your vision isn’t inspiring to you, then the business won’t go very far.
From an inspiring vision, the next step is to allow the business to grow organically out of that seed.
You must get to know your business from the inside out. You must embody that vision you hold for it.
What’s vitally important during this time is that you don’t get ahead of the vision — you don’t try to act prematurely or try to force results before the business is ready to yield those results.
Think of it again like a seed. You can’t rush a seed turning into a tree. If you keep digging it up to check on its progress, you’re just going to sabotage the whole process.
You also can’t over-water it, believing that will speed things along, or you’ll just smother it.
You have to give it all the time it needs to grow into something bigger.
At first, it’ll just look like a seed, really for quite a while. You won’t even know if anything is happening, because so much of the process is spent with it remaining underground.
But one day it will sprout, and then you’ll know things are moving along.
And so it is with your vision.
It’ll just remain an idea, for quite a while. It’ll inspire you and you’ll love thinking about it. But no immediate steps will present themselves, or at least very few.
Don’t rush this part of the process along. Don’t try to work, work, work, making the idea turn into reality before it’s ready.
I like to call it letting the idea percolate.
Definitely, think about it every day. Revel in the feeling of the business you want to grow.
But don’t force the action steps yet.
And definitely don’t smother it with doubt. If you hold the vision, then what you want is possible. Trust in the process and let it grow naturally.
Details will begin to fill in. The vision will get more specific.
Then, you’ll be inspired to the perfect steps to begin to bring it about.
Letting the Seed Grow
At this point certain actions will seem obvious to you. Those will be the inspired actions most in alignment with growing your business as you have envisioned it.
What’s vitally important here is that you don’t take actions out of fear or apparent necessity.
For example, if people tell you that you need to cold message everyone you know, but that just feels horribly inauthentic to you, don’t do it. This is not the right action for you at this time.
The LOA coach, Jeannette Maw, reports that when she started her business, she barely told anyone at all because she was afraid of judgment. She just created a website and trusted that people would find it — and they did. Within three months she had a full roster of clients.
I’ll have lots of future posts on action because it’s such a sensitive and often misunderstood part of this process, but let me summarize it like this:
It’s not your action that grows your business. It’s your vision, persistently held, that grows your business.
Or, if you aren’t holding that vision, then it’s the thoughts you’re thinking most of the time.
- If you’re often thinking, “What if I never get clients?” then you’re growing a business where you never get any clients.
- If you think, “Why doesn’t anyone want to pay my prices?” then you’re growing a business where people don’t want to pay your prices.
- If you think, “My business can only succeed if I work 16 hours per day on it,” then you’re growing a business that requires 16 hours of your time per day.
I know that’s hard to imagine, but in my experience, it’s 100% true.
So, hold the vision and take the actions that are natural and inspired.
If nothing is natural or inspired today, then don’t do anything today. Remember, it’s your thoughts that create the business. It’s not your action. The action just allows you to enjoy the process. If the action isn’t enjoyable, then something is out of alignment for you.
As you are inspired to action and the business begins to grow, wonderful synchronicities will start to show up. Things will fall perfectly into place for you. You will make the perfect connections, or come across the perfect resources, just when you need them most.
When you’re fully plugged into your vision and only taking inspired action, it feels like magic — because in a very real way, it is.
Trust in the Vision
For those who are used to just trusting in the practical action steps to grow a business, this might all sound crazy.
All I can say is, give it a try and see how it works.
I started teaching others about the law of attraction in 2015, and not once have I found it to fail, either in my own life or those of my clients.
You have to be willing to trust in your own alignment to do the work for you.
It’s all about working with the flow, not against it — another vital principle I’ll discuss in more detail in the future.
Sure, you could try the route of hard work and uninspired action. But will you really be any happier? Has that really ever been proven to work before?
Or you could hold your vision, be inspired to the perfect actions at the perfect time, and let the magic take hold.
It’s allowed to be easy. Indeed, it’s supposed to be easy.
Let the power of your vision do the work for you.
Your vision wants to become real. Otherwise, you wouldn’t have been inspired to it.
When given the space to do so, it will move you in the perfect ways to allow it to become real.
But you can’t get in the way of that process. Otherwise, like the seed you try to rush along, you’ll just end up smothering it, and you’ll end up with a business that isn’t fully in alignment with that vision.
The vision will become blocked, and inspiration will flee.
And when inspiration flees, you’re left with a business that has no direction or purpose.
Trust the vision. Let it move you. Let it take the time it needs to take and allow the business to grow organically out of that seed.
Getting an Existing Business Back on Track
OK, but what if you’ve already started your business, and some of that inspiration has already fled? What if the vision has already gotten blocked — or worse, there was never a clearly defined vision to start with?
That’s fine. It’s never too late to get started.
What’s important now is that you take the time to clarify your vision, then let that vision take over and change your business from the inside out.
It might be a challenging process. It might require totally restructuring your business, or letting parts drop away that aren’t serving your vision.
Or, it might only take a minor adjustment — it just depends.
But regardless, you have to trust the process and let it transform how it needs to.
I was an LOA coach for 7 years. For much of that time I knew that something was off, but couldn’t put my finger on it. So, I just kept going, hoping it’d work out eventually. Of course, without my clearly defined vision, the business stagnated.
Eventually I got clear on what I wanted. I loved coaching on the LOA in general but there were two things missing:
- I was really only interested in coaching on financial topics, and few of my clients were coming to me with those sorts of issues
- I didn’t only want to help on the LOA side of things: I also wanted to help practically with budgeting, bookkeeping, etc, because I believed both sides were important to be successful (more on that in my next post)
Possible Promise Financial is my attempt to clarify that vision. I started out with only the practical, but realizing that having the practical elements in place, like a good budget or accurate books, is worthless if the vibrational side isn’t also aligned.
And so as my vision clarified, I realized I wanted to help people with both sides of the equation — both the vibrational, LOA side, as well as the practical, financial side — and by doing so, I could help my clients get the best results.
My point in sharing the above is to say that it was hard and even frightening at times to update my vision. I had to be very honest with myself about what I wanted, without compromise. And now, I’m in the process of letting that vision transform my business from the inside out.
But it’s always worth it. As your vision transforms your business, you will be far happier, more inspired, and more successful, too. Your business will thrive on every level.
Root It in the Physical
As I mentioned above and will be expanding on in my next post, you need both the LOA side as well as the practical side to truly be successful.
As you hold your vision and your business begins to take shape around it, it’s important to reflect its progress in physical form.
For an individual, that means keeping an accurate budget in alignment with your personal vision. For a business, that means keeping accurate financial records and managing your cashflow, again in accordance with your vision.
This allows you to be very honest about where you are now. Only when you can have a clear picture of where you are now, and where you want to be, can the true magic take hold and the path to your destination forms itself step-by-step.
No matter where you are in the process of growing your business, I’d love to help you on both the LOA as well as the practical level.
I offer both traditional bookkeeping, combined with LOA guidance along the way to help you align fully with your vision and remove any limiting beliefs, fears, or doubts that are holding you back.
If you’re ready to take your business to the next level, get in touch and let’s discuss your needs.Schedule a Free Consultation