October 23, 2009

Build a Business That Gives You the Life You Want

All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better. — Ralph Waldo Emerson

One of the most profound discoveries I made that gave me a new resilience against anxiety and depression was realizing that I could in fact completely remodel my life. I didn’t have to settle for an off-the-rack experience.

I took that lesson to heart and used it to build a resilient work life.

In the early days of my first consulting business, I knew I needed some sort of plan to give me the greatest chance at success. I took many a wrong step, yet in the end I managed to put a solid business together.

I had learned through bitter experience that forming a successful business is to be conscious first about the sort of life I wanted to have. I spent long hours thinking and writing about what I believed, what I wanted from my life, why I wanted to start a business, and the things I did well.

Once I knew what I wanted from life, I knew that any business I created had to sustain that lifestyle.

The Conscious Business

Being conscious about creating your life and a business to match will set you apart from 99% of the other businesses in your field. Setting your intent and clearly visualizing and defining your goal gives you the clarity and energy you need to take what you do best and focus it on success.

Many a business plan has been slapped together using one of the business planning tool software packages available today. The problem with such tools is that they start you off in midstream. Make the mistake of thinking that a quick business plan is all you need for success and you will be gnashing your teeth before you’re through.

There is a lot you need to know before you begin a business plan. And all the software in the world will not substitute for the background you need to create a sustainable plan of action.

Never Too Late to Start

It’s never too late to reexamine your foundation. But it is far better to begin well. In the beginning your mind is not contaminated by what you think you know, by the sorts of experiences you get in the first few years of a new business.

Don’t get me wrong — experience is a wonderful teacher, but experience without focus is worthless.

You have an opportunity to create a mindset and the right focus. Spend the time early on and you can manage most of the difficulties you’ll encounter while they’re still small. You’ll mitigate the risk of launching a new business or product because you’ll have spent time understanding the territory. Remember: Knowing the territory comes first. Maps come later.

Take the time to develop a clear picture of your desires, abilities, resources, and what’s needed to make your idea a reality before diving into the planning process.

It’s in our culture, unfortunately, to not be conscious about the choices we make and to blame others for the circumstances of our lives.

Why not be different about the choices you make today? Make what happens in your life and business a conscious decision.

Create the path that’s right for you!

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