The very first step every Entrepreneur MUST take if they hope to be at all successful, is to create the unshakable vision for your dream future.
Stand up or risk falling
Have you ever heard the phrase “You have to stand for something or you will fall for anything”? In case you missed it before, let me introduce you to the phrase and the significance of its meaning for you in creating your ideal business lifestyle. No matter who you are or where you come from, if you are reading this article then the chance is that you have the same choices as any human being around you. No matter how low or how high up in society the person may be, we all have the same choice. We can choose to be led around by others, giving up our personal power and signing off our rights to aspire to greater things. Or, we can choose to make a stand for ourselves and create the life we envision.
Falling in line may seem like it is easy to do. Let someone else worry about all the details, all you have to do is show up and do the minimum to get by. And it truly may be easy and feel like there is little to no resistance. You go in, do a little work, collect a paycheck, you may even get time off with pay and have your medical needs taken care of for you. Seems like a pretty sweet deal. Especially when you consider standing up for yourself means you may end up in the unknown and at times this can seem a bit frightening (and at times it is). So we trade in our time and push someone else's dream forward. But what you have missed is the fact that you are, and always will be, just a cog in the wheel. Easily replaced, not critical to the vision, and in other words highly expendable.
Just when you think being complacent and numb just might work for you, the rug gets pulled and your balance is off. You were let go, laid off, down sized, right sized, divested, demoted, transferred, and any number of life altering actions taken that impact you greatly but you had no say in. Then it hits you, the real meaning of “You have to stand for something or you will fall for anything”.
You already have a vision, you just might not be aware of it.
You just realized you fell for the false security and sold yourself short. You had traded your vision for someone else's and you might not have even liked their vision. Heck you might have not been aware that you replaced any vision you may have had for yourself with the one the “company” gave you. At the very least, you let it control your destiny. They had guidelines for you and told you when you may or may not be promoted, what tasks you may or may not do, how much you were allowed to earn in pay. But don't worry. It's never too late (or too early) to take charge and create your own vision to stand for. And the best part, when it is done the right way, you can have a very strong personal vision while respecting a company that may employ you for a time. It doesn't have to be all or nothing, you can have a solid unshakable vision for yourself and still work for someone else. After all, you may need that “angel funding” to help while your dream company gets its own legs.
It is so important to actively engage and create your own vision
So the first step you want to take, before you go any farther down any road, is stop and create your true unshakable vision. Notice that I stated that you need an actively engaged vision. One that you consciously created. I chose my words specifically and carefully. Your vision, like anyone else's vision, is yours alone. We are all here to do something, to bring something forward for others and only you know what that is. We are all able to make the world a better place and create our own wealth in the process. But the vision of what that is and how we live in it is unique to every person. We can all go through the same steps to creating an unshakable vision, but the vision itself won't be the same for any two people.
It's like snowflakes.
The vision you need to get clear about for you is what you want for your life. You make it so real that you can feel as if you were already there.
P.S. If you want help in the process of designing your Unshakable Vision, check out the self paced guided workshop I created for you.