When was the last time you dreamed? I don’t mean when you woke up from a weird Alice-in-Wonderland-type dream; when was the last time you had BIG dreams of what you wanted to do or where you wanted to go? What motivates you to move forward in your business, other than the need to pay bills?
So often solopreneurs forget about the big picture of why they started their business and they get burnt out after putting so much concentrated focus on their daily business tasks. Do you have anything to look forward to while growing your business? What’s your ultimate goal?
Remember, there are no wrong answers here but there should absolutely be some answers. If not, it’s time to define what makes you happy and what will motivate you to move forward and grow your business.
Define Your Goals
Think about what you want simply by asking yourself some questions:
- Where do you want to be with your business in the next year? In 5 years? In 10 years?
- How much money do you want to make in these same time frames?
- Do you want to hire employees or a virtual team?
- What services or products do you want to offer your clients?
- Where do you want to live?
- What’s on that bucket list?
One friend of mine who is in sales told me he likes to have two vacations booked a year with his family because he needs something fun to look forward to and the single summer vacation wasn’t enough anymore. Another friend in direct sales recently told me that she stopped dreaming big a long time ago because she got depressed when she couldn’t make those dreams a reality. Now she’s found great success with her company and has started dreaming big again.
I’ve also seen some gurus online say they are motivated to earn more because then they are able to give more to their favorite charities and causes that are close to their hearts. Again, there are no wrong answers when defining your goals. It’s more important to have them defined so you know when you reach those goals so you can find something new to achieve.
Create a Vision Board for Daily Motivation
I adore creating vision boards because they are visual reminders of what you want to achieve. They also serve as a daily reminder of what makes you happy and they are meant to give you motivation when you just don’t feel like working that day.
Take those answers to your goals questions and find visual representation for each one. Most people use old magazine pictures and paste them on a piece of poster board. Go digital and use online photos to paste into a Word document. Take notice of photos that catch your eye, even if it doesn’t specifically answer a goal question. There’s something that attracted your subconscious to the photo so it’s worth posting on your vision board. Post your vision board prominently in your office or as your computer wallpaper so you can see it every day. And remember that action is mandatory in order to reach those goals.