Last week, we talked about the value in reviewing 2019 before moving on to planning 2020. I’m hoping you were able to celebrate all you’ve accomplished this year.
Today, we’re looking at the big picture and creating a vision that will inspire you throughout the year to come.
While a lot of business owners set goals for the new year, I want to help you go a bit deeper. After all, you’re not just in business for the money, you’re in business to make a difference and to create a life you absolutely love.
With this, you need a vision that’s going to keep you going through those challenging times, and one that will support and align with what matters most to you.
Ready to get started? Here are a few tips to help you create a vision that inspires you:
1 – Allow yourself to dream big.
The first key is to remember that you’re crafting a vision, something to aspire to. It’s okay if it doesn’t all happen as you envision, this is your time to be creative and to dream.
You want to create a vision that inspires you, something to work towards and that will keep you going when you feel frustrated or begin slipping into self-doubt.
Imagine yourself one year from now. In an ideal world, what would your business be like? What would an ideal day look like? How would you spend your time? What would you have experienced or accomplished in the past year?
Alternatively, you can imagine your future self, one year from now. Write a letter to your current self from your future self. What would she have to tell you, or advice might she offer, or would she want you to remember or focus on? Allow yourself to have fun with this as your imagination takes off with creative possibilities.
Give yourself time and space to dream and write it all down. Writing your vision is powerful because you can come back to it again and again, reconnecting with the future you’re creating.
2 – Don’t worry (yet) about how to make it happen.
This part is crucial – as you craft your vision, don’t worry about how to make any part of it happening. There will be a time for that, but we’re not there yet.
The problem with trying to figure out how to make your vision happen as you’re creating your vision is that you disrupt your creative process. If you’re always questioning if something is possible or how you might make it work, you’re going to end up holding back.
Our goal here is to create a vision that is big and bold. Truthfully, it might not be possible or at least not possible within the next year. However, if you create a vision that excites you, it’s likely that you’ll achieve so much more than if you simply set goals you know you can easily achieve.
If you want to enjoy your best year ever in business, you need a vision that takes you to new levels. For now, allow yourself to write down all of your dreams and ideas without holding back.
3 – Look at your life, not just your business.
As you clarify your vision, make sure to include your life beyond your business.
What do you want your days to look like? What do you want to enjoy or experience in your life as a whole?
Perhaps there are some relationships or family dreams you have for 2020, include those in your ideal vision.
Perhaps you want to travel or move to a new home, include these plans in your vision for 2020.
Give yourself time to daydream about what you want your life to look like throughout the coming year and write down every idea that excites you.
Again, we’re not worrying about if things are possible right now or how it would all come together, we’re simply gathering ideas and creating a vision that inspires you.
4 – Focus on the highest good for all.
As many of the business owners I work with are heart-centered entrepreneurs, I know that sometimes there can be an internal struggle with claiming what we want. After all, my clients are so focused on serving others, that their natural tendency is to put others first.
If this is you, this step will help bring your full vision together. Remember to tie your vision to serving the highest good of all.
Look back at your ideas and connect them to how they will allow you to serve more people, make a bigger difference, or do even more good in our world.
Look at your vision and take note of the difference it will make in the lives of your family or friends.
Look at your bold ideas and see how stepping into this inspired vision will lift others up as well – whether that’s the clients you serve or the people you’re able to bring on to your team.
And if you haven’t done it yet, add on to your vision about the impact you want to make. How do you want to serve? What difference do you want to make through and beyond your business?
Remember to include the work you do, as well as the difference you can make by creating more of what you want in life, such as donating to causes you care about or being able to volunteer with a local organization because of the freedom of your schedule.
As you work through each step, remember that your goal is to have a vision that excites and inspires you. Ideally, this vision will help you prioritize what matters most and keep you moving forward no matter what challenges arise.
And if you’re ready for some help with creating your vision for 2020, let’s talk. I love helping business owners like you clarify their big, bold dreams and then figure out how we can make those dreams a reality. Schedule your free Business Lifeline Call now.