Revv It Up, Part 2: Your vision – bigger thinking creates better results
In Part 1, you hopped in the driver’s seat and firmly grasped the wheel so that you will be in charge of what happens with your business over the next year.
[Crowd goes wild]
You reviewed the last year, and assessed what is working or not working to-date. Those data points will be useful in a few weeks.
Right now, it’s time to get inspired and create a vision of your ideal business. We’ll call it the Finish Line, although it’s really just a big milemarker in the grand scheme of things.
The questions below are prompts, and you may want to read through them before you do this exercise. But I find that the most successful visualization exercises are like a meditation, so I encourage you to take about 5-10 minutes of quiet time to really hone in on your personal vision.
Remember that this is your ideal business, not your rational short term business. So dream as big as you want to go, because the more you expose yourself to big ideas, the more you will become accustomed to that way of thinking.
My method: Sit or lay down with your eyes closed. Take a few deep breaths in and out, and begin to envision your work in the future. You can specify the timeframe (six months, one year, five years) or just focus on the belief that this is possible for you.
In this vision:
- What does your workspace look like? Where are you?
- Are you alone or do others work with or around you?
- What is your mood or energy level here?
- What are working on?
- What is your role in this company?
- How would you describe success at this point?
- What are the most important factors in your business?
After the visualization, you can write down your answers or simply revel in how it felt. I do this exercise a few times a week to keep my vision alive, and made notecards of my core values that I place around my workspace.
A few more questions:
- What do you think is required to make you current business into your ideal business?
- What will you have to give up to create your ideal business? (In theory, you should only have to give up stuff you didn’t need anyway, like limiting beliefs or crappy friends. But consider all the possibilities.)
- What did you envision in the future that you already have or do?
Keep an eye out for Revv It Up, Part 3 where you’ll be setting some specific goals to move you toward your ideal business.