Lack of Vision Can Be A Very Costly Mistake
For those of you who have been part of the WealthNet Partner’s community of small business owners, entrepreneurs and professionals for some time now, you know my team and I invest a ton of time helping small business owners and marketing directors with issues related to really powerful technology.
We focus on technology and other critical small business disciplines that affect lead generation, sales acceleration and marketing automation. This is especially true with email, text, and mobile marketing. (If you’re not paying attention to mobile marketing, get a grip. Fast. These trends are huge for small business if you’re in the game.)
BUT, no matter how awesome our marketing strategy might be, no matter how incredible sales are trending, no matter how slick our technology seems, no one can grow a successful small business if we, as owners, are in our own way.
What I do mean by in our own way?
Yesterday I gave a presentation to a small group of business owners here in Scottsdale, Arizona. Near the beginning of the program I asked the group how many of them are "crystal clear" on their vision for their small business and their life.
Guess what? Only two people raised their hands.
We are literally blocking our ability to get clear on our vision. This is more common than you think.
Here are some questions to contemplate when it comes to the power of vision, or lack thereof.
1. If you lack clarity of vision, what’s the point of busting your butt every day of the week? Not much.
2. Is owning a small business even worth it if you lack vision? Probably not, unless you love to suffer.
3. Have you ever met a business owner who was frozen in fear, unwilling or unable to invest in growing their business? Clarity of vision breeds confidence. Business is a game of confidence.
4. If you’re literally held an absolute prisoner in your own business, making no money, straddled with massive amounts of debt, and freaking out whether or not you will ever have a life beyond your 16 hour-a-day small business, what are you willing to do about it? Please, please do something!
When we lack vision we set ourselves up for anything but success. This can be true in business as well as in life.
Guess what? I get in my own way. Sometimes I lack clarity of vision. I am not sure about a particular business decision. Or I make a bad decision that costs me time, money or opportunity.
But if I can remain clear on my vision I can easily get back on track! Think about that for a minute.
We’re all going to knocked off course some day. More than once for sure. So if we’re not clear on our vision, how much more difficult is it to get back on track when you get knocked on your butt?
Here’s what I do to get out of my own way, I put myself into new learning and conditioning classes and coaching. Sometimes it’s worth the two to three days sitting in hotel conference room with a bunch of complete strangers. Sometimes not.
But this past weekend, the time committed to working on vision was incredibly powerful.
This past Saturday and Sunday my incredible wife, Janice, and I dedicated two days to attend what I believe to be one of the most powerful and transformational programs I have ever attended. (No, Tony Robbins didn’t teach it and it didn’t cost me $10,000 either!)
The class we attended was called Magnitude. It was created and facilitated by Jeff Rogers, co-founder and CEO of BrainStorm Success, LLC. (Cool company name. Really cool guy, and a great facilitator to boot.)
Learn more about the Magnitude class here. (Special discount applies for a limited time.)
Whether you are in your own way or not, I suggest you take a look at what Magnitude is all about. It’s all about creating a powerful VISION.
So enough said as I hope I have made a point with which you can agree.
Lack of vision holds us back in small business and in life.
So stop the suffering! Commit to getting clear on your vision.
Check out Jeff’s classes. Call him and talk with him or someone on the team.
And please do not forget to help your entire team of people in your business (or your department or division if you work for a bigger company and you are tied to an income statement in order to keep your job.)
Leaving your people in the dark makes about as much sense as the IRS tax code. None at all.
Your entire organization should be clear on the vision you have for the business, and their role within so that everyone around you is completely aligned and contributing in sync to the overall success of your business.
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