3 Easy Steps to REVIVING Your Business Vision!30-Sep-2008 Are you a small business owner, solopreneur or entrepreneur with an unfulfilled vision? Have you set the same New Year resolutions for the past few years but failed to achieve your desired result? Do you have a burning business goal which you have not been able to accomplish? Contrary to the beliefs of some, your past does not have to represent your potential!
You can revive your approach and renew your potential achievements by using this simple but effective ‘ABC‘ model. The Accountability, Believability, Challenge-ability model is designed to help you overcome your struggles, stresses and beat the status quo that is keeping you from realizing your business goals…
+ Accountability: Access the benefits of a coach or mentor.
+ Believability: Breakthrough the feelings, beliefs and habits which hold you back.
+ Challenge-ability: Collaborate with a motivated network or support team on your challenge.
AAARGH…. NOT ACCOUNTABILITY!
Many entrepreneurs push hard against the idea of accountability – after all, isn’t the pursuit of freedom one of the key reasons you became your own boss in the first place? In my experience, the more accountable you make yourself, the more your business will thrive! After all, you are the only person who can be 100% responsible for taking the actions which will enable you to meet your goal!
That said, we all know that sometimes it can be really challenging to keep ourselves accountable when we are only answerable to ourselves as the business owner. If you’re anything like me, you may have noticed a little ‘flexibility’ creeping in when there is a much needed strategy or task to be done that you don’t enjoy!
The best answer I have found for this dilemma is to make myself accountable to an external party. I hate doing my accounts, but I have made some specific commitments to my bookkeeper so that things do not get too out of control. If I slip on a delivery date, my bookkeeper has full permission to provide me with some firm reminders of my responsibilities – no guilt trips, just a clear and timely prompt regarding our agreement!
If you have a list of ‘excuses’ attached to every incomplete task or goal, or you have been playing the ‘waiting game’ (waiting for something to happen before you take action) then using a specialist small business coach to move you forward on a your business goals will enable you to make fast, easy breakthroughs.
Make sure you design the small business coaching relationship to suit your specific needs. Also consider that your coaching needs will change over time. This may mean finding a new business coach or renegotiating the coaching strategy or the relationship with your coach so that you can maximize your returns on the time and financial investments that you make. Here are a few ways to use a small business coach to revive yourself or your dreams:
+ Project based e.g. to move you out of overwhelm and into peak performance; to focus on a specific goal or vision and generate tangible progress during a specified time frame.
+ Direction-setting e.g. to discover or refresh what you really want from your business or your life; to find profitable strategies to expand your business; to realign your business goals with your personal goals…
+ Regular checkup e.g. to keep you on track and to keep you accountable.
+ Stretch targets e.g. to achieve a major breakthrough or ‘impossible’ goal; to expand your boundaries, beliefs and business in (currently) unimaginable ways.
+ Modelling and mentoring e.g. by using the specific business experience and expertise of your coach to extend your own skills and knowledge.
BELIEFS = BREAKTHROUGHS!
One of the greatest impediments to achieving our vision is the beliefs we hold about that vision. If, somewhere inside us we don’t truly believe our vision is possible, or we can’t see ‘how’ that vision can be made real, then self-doubt takes over from self-expression. To make a breakthrough on your languishing vision, you may need to uncover some of the beliefs which are keeping you stuck.
Shine a spotlight on these limiting barriers and blockages by asking yourself:
• What emotions do I feel when I think of my dream in detail?
• What excuses am I using to stop myself from achieving this vision?
• Where am I over-focusing my time and energy because it is easy?
• What opportunities have I (almost) missed because of fear or anxiety?
• Where could I ‘let go of the steering wheel’ and trust that the right results will arrive?
Ask your coach for support - a good business coach will have a range of mindset techniques, tools and tips which enable you to move past these paralyzing emotions and into a space where anything is possible!
“Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in a world they've been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It's an opinion. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing.” -- David Beckham
When you believe anything is possible, you will achieve more than you ever imagined! So, what else is possible?
CHALLENGE-ABILITY – DO YOU DARE?
Recently I participated in a 55 day ‘online’ challenge where my business goal was to get a new business idea up and running. Did I succeed? YES! And I finished off a few other ‘outstanding’ goals as well! This new ‘challenge-ability’ approach to achieving my goals has proven itself a highly effective process which I plan to use often. My next challenge is already set up!
If you want to achieve your goals effortlessly and with ease, then set yourself a challenge and find a group of like-minded people (i.e. supportive, helpful, and action-oriented) who also want to achieve the impossible or the improbable! Set up an online forum, share your progress daily and use each other as additional knowledge resources, for encouragement and back-up, and to be more accountableyou’re your actions.
As a small business coach, I found it easy to identify my ideal challenge. Just ask yourself: “If you knew you couldn’t fail what would you most desire to achieve in your life or your business?” For some the dream may be about work-life balance, for others it may be financial or relationship based. Business goals could encompass expansion, profitability, teamwork, community or customer relationships.
If you don’t currently know any ‘like-minded others’ but you are ready to dust off your dream, provide purpose for your passion and gear up to achieve your business goals with ease, take action now and register for the REVIVE Coaching 2009 “REVIVE Your Dream” challenge (details below).
One last thing: take some pressure off yourself. Just because you are a small business owner (or want to be one!), you don’t have to achieve everything ‘by yourself’! The opportunity to engage with like-minded others in a supportive, fun and friendly environment is one of the key reasons people make significant progress during a REVIVE challenge. Most New Year resolutions and new business ideas fail because people do not have enough support to help them over the mountains and through the valleys that create barriers to success. It’s your choice – will you and your business thrive or just survive this year?
About Lisa Murray:
Lisa Murray is a Peak Performance Strategist and Small Business Coach. REVIVE Coaching dares readers to dream big and enjoy the next “REVIVE Your Dream” Challenge. Your REVIVE Challenge starts Monday 2 February 2008. Register online at www.revivecoaching.com.au/dream and get ready to amaze yourself! Act now…registrations close 23 January 2008. Register prior to December 30 and receive a FREE copy of Lisa Murray's latest book "Living an Abundant Life - Inspirational Stories From Entrepreneurs", co-authored with self-development greats such as Jack Canfield, Neale Donald Walsch and others!