Year: 2018

5 Steps to Find Your Passion

5 Steps to Find Your Passion

If you want to live your best life, then you need to find your passion and follow it. Sounds easy, doesn’t it? Well, it isn’t. It’s surprisingly hard. That’s why so many people don’t do it. Our passion(s) change, guidance is lacking, life happens, responsibilities get in the way and so on. Let’s be realistic starting off as an entrepreneur isn’t easy either. HARD work is required to succeed, but its beyond worth it and it is even better when you can turn your Passion into your Business.

To change your life for the better and create the future you want follow the five steps below.

Step 1: Be BOLD and Dream Big
Everyone has big dreams. What have you done with yours? Do you think about them, act on them or hide them away?

If you want to find your passion and purpose, then it’s time to dream big. List all of those big dreams you’ve had from childhood to today. No matter how wild or funny, write them all down.

Which of those dreams resonates most with you? Which makes your heart sing and inspires you? Which are the most realistic and achievable? If you’ve set your sights on being the first full-time resident of Mars, then you’ll probably need to take another look at your list and find something that is more realistic and achievable but almost as exciting.

Your big dream doesn’t have to be outrageous or huge. It just needs to be big enough to push you out of your comfort zone. Next you have to be willing to commit to making changes in your life so you can achieve it. You need to want it. It needs to spark desire and passion in you.

Step 2: Set Goals
Once you’ve decided what your big dream is you need to set goals. Your end goal is what you want to achieve; your dream. There will be other, smaller goals, that you will need to achieve along the way. You need to note these down as well.

Step 3: Plan Your Way
Now that you know what you want and need to achieve, it’s time to plan what you need to do to get there. Think about what action you need to take, resources you will need, people you need to meet or hire, and anything or anyone that can provide help and support.

If you get to this point and realize you need a life coach schedule a free 15-minute consultation with a BVE Success Advisor to see what help can look like.

Step 4: Take Action
You know what you want, how you can achieve it and the steps to take. It’s time to take action. Remember you are looking for a passion driven life. One that fills you with excitement, joy and success.

Step 5: Live Your Best Life
Once you’ve started acting on your goals you will find that your life starts to improve. Your outlook on life will become more positive. Instead of dreading each day you’ll look forward to it with excitement and anticipation. Your best life is the one that gives you happiness, success and achievement through living your passion and purpose.
If you want to find and live your passion, then you can follow the five steps above. You can do it on your own or you can talk to a BVE Success Advisor and start living a BOLD Life in your passion.

Entrepreneurs Start Your Week Right

Do Monday’s depress you?  Do you dread beginning the week because you have no idea where it will take you? If so, you are probably being guided by events instead of looking ahead and preparing accordingly.  Take charge of your work week with these five simple tips.

 

5 Tips To Start Your Week Right

 

  1. Plan your week on Sunday – Don’t wait until Monday to get a handle on what lies ahead.  Consider your clients, customers and employees have all been waiting out the week before emailing or calling you.  They will come in with a list of items that may distract you from the task.  If you are like most entrepreneurs, you will have to hit the ground running on Monday morning and will have no time to really get a grip on what you want to accomplish for the week.
  2. Start each week with an empty inbox – Sometime on Sunday you should sit down and empty or organize your inbox.  This way you can start each week fresh without worrying about that email your never answered.  We love the Boomerang App for gmail.  We can use it to send emails later or even have it take an email out of your inbox and only come back to you if no one has responded or at a certain date for follow up.  Having an empty or organized inbox will bring a sense of calm to a Monday morning.
  3. Delegate – When you are planning your week, be honest with yourself.  Look at the items on your to do list.  How many of those items can be done by someone else?  If you can delegate an item, do so.  If you can put it on someone else’s plate on a weekly basis that’s even better.  You have a business to run.  Make sure you are not staying busy with tasks that someone in a lower position can do.
  4. Learn – Learn one new thing on Monday morning.  Take the time to stop worrying about what lies ahead. Instead, read an article about your industry.  Read a chapter of that book that’s been sitting on your nightstand or turn to YouTube and watch an educational or motivational video.
  5. Get inspired – Start your week with an inspiring quote.  If you know you need to focus more then find a quote about focus.  If you know you need to stay calm under pressure look for a quote for that.  Write it down and stick it somewhere you are sure to see it all week.  Better yet, put it somewhere your entire staff can see it.  Maybe it will be just the motivation they need to start their week right as well.

 

How are your currently starting your weeks?  Do you have a tip for the BVE Community?

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Transitioning from a 9 to 5 into Entrepreneurship

The reality of transitioning from the 9 to 5 world to entrepreneurship.

Many of us have had “that” moment at work when we decided enough is enough! We were either:

  • fed up with what was happening in the office,
  • tired of operating on someone else’s schedule
  • over the pointless and inefficient team meeting
  • sick of missing time with family and/or friends
  • or ready to pursue the passion inside us

The point is, somewhere in that gray space we decide to make the proverbial “jump”.  We decide to leave the 9 to 5 world to explore entrepreneurship.

This is a decision that doesn’t come without its complications. How does one make their vision a reality? Many of us don’t know.  In fact, many do not realize we don’t know until we’re up to our necks in entrepreneurship “stuff”.  You know the “stuff” like balancing work and life, income and expenses, endless decision, products & services, general concerns and more.  It’s a lot to manage!

It’s like parenting.  Before you, actually, become pregnant or have the baby it seems like it will be pretty intuitive.  Then you get pregnant or have the baby and the gravity of what you’re embarking on hits you like a ton of bricks.  WHO’s going to feed the baby, they won’t sleep when I want them too, I’m tired, they’re crying, I can’t change another diaper, oops I’m out of diapers…the noise soon drowns out your sensible thoughts.  Entrepreneurship is simmer, especially when you first start your business.

In this moment you think about all the things you could’ve done differently before you left your 9 to 5.  You could’ve worked a little longer, save more money, written a business plan, started to develop the business while you were still at work, and so much more.

However, you made that decision and you took that leap and now you’re figuring it out.  You want to do a few things immediately:

  1. Understand your motivation for being entrepreneur in the first place. Basically, know what your WHY is. Everyone is going to ask you why you made your decision and you need to be ready to answer the question.
  2. Know your numbers.
    1. What is your budget?
    2. Where is the money coming from?
    3. Who is going to manage income and expenses?
  3. Develop a company structure
  4. Design or have someone design an effective marketing plan. Not advertising.  They are different.
  5. Build a great team as quickly as possible.

There is more to it than what is listed above, but it’s a start.

If you haven’t left the job yet, but you are thinking about it.  Use your steady income to your advantage.  Hire a business advisor to help you build out your thought.  That way to start with a tested plan in hand, instead of jumping and figuring it out.  Bold Vision Enterprise specializes in working with new entrepreneurs.  Schedule a free 15-minute consultation with us today to see what we can do for you.

Let our knowledge and experience be your head start!

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BVE Understands Business Owners

BVE understands business owners start their businesses for many different reasons.  You may be sick of working for someone else.  You may have a passion for a service or product.  You may love designing clothes, taking pictures or painting homes and think starting a business and doing these things will lead to a happy and fulfilling life.  Others may want the independence of owning a business so they can spend more time with their children or believe starting a business is the key to financial riches. This can only be a possibility if you plan for success.

Planning Your Business Based on Why?

Whatever the reason, it is important for you as a business owner to keep this, Why, in mind when planning every aspect of your business.  If your why is to spend time with your children, then your growth model may be different than if your why is to gain financial riches.  If your why is a love of a certain service, then you may want to consider starting your business with a manager in place so you can continue doing the part of the business you love.  Or, if your why is because you want to gain independence, you may need to consider the types of clients you bring on.  Some are more demanding than others, leaving you with less independence than you had as an employee.

But your why doesn’t have to be limiting.  Knowing your motivations may encourage your growth.  It may allow you to work harder towards your goal in the beginning so that you will have more freedom later.  Knowing your why today and keeping it in mind may be just what you need to take the right steps towards scaling your business.

Sharing Your Why

If you start and end everything you do with the reasons behind starting your business in the first place, then you will make smarter decisions and you will be able to define your motivations to your business advisors.

Whether you are consulting with your business advisor, your marketing consultant or your accountant, sharing your why is important.  When they know your motivation, they can serve you better.  They become a true member of your team when they understand why you are doing what you are doing.

If your why is to see all of your children’s lacrosse games or school performances, you don’t want an advisor who is constantly advising you on how to gain more clients.  Instead, you need one who can help you earn more while working less.

Staying Focused On The Why

Being a business owner often feels like being the ringmaster in a circus of toddlers. It’s sad, but it’s true.  Too many tasks to tackle with few or no processes in place to make sure they happen can cause mental exhaustion.  But understanding your why is the beginning of taking control.  Knowing your why, focusing on it every day, whether it is when you wake up and start planning your day or in the middle of the day when you are feeling overwhelmed, can help you stay calm in the midst of chaos.

What is your why?  BVE loves to hear from its readers.  Tell us about your business or business idea and why your started it.  We’ll see if we can help!

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