Category: Entrepreneur

Top reasons why entrepreneurs fail

It’s no surprise that in the past decade, entrepreneurship has become a more popular career choice. The number of entrepreneurs per 1,000 people is on the rise and according to Forbes, there are now 27 million small businesses in America alone. One of the most common misconceptions about entrepreneurship is that it’s easy—or something anyone can do with little training or experience. But this couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, for every successful entrepreneur, there are many more who have failed miserably because they didn’t know what they were doing or lacked an understanding of business fundamentals such as market research and sales projections.

 

In order to succeed as an entrepreneur, you need to understand how to identify your strengths so that you can use them appropriately. It’s important to have a clear vision, defined goals, and other aspects of your business planned out; like financials, marketing & client acquisition, growth plan, S.W.O.T Analysis, the hiring processes, and protection of your assets, just to name a few. Without a clear vision of how your business functions and what experience your business is providing your customers, you’re aiming for failure.
You may find yourself with a clear vision and plan, but without a focused mindset or without having proper organization methods in place. You may find yourself struggling or failing when it’s not necessary. It’s important to have a calendar, physical or virtual to keep track of important dates, a CRM or a document/notebook to keep track of your leads and clients, accounting software or book keeping a spreadsheet to track income, expenses, and ROI, or an outlined plan that you intend to execute for growth. Your finances can without a doubt, make or break your business. With your growth, it’s important to accrue capital, to prepare for growth, mistakes, or additional expenses. In addition, your growing business may have a lot of cash flow, incoming and outgoing transactions that make the books hard to keep track of. It’s important to know your expenses and profits, as it may seem great at first, invoices are getting paid, but after reviewing your expenses, you may come to find out you’re actually losing money each month!

 

Without a clear marketing strategy, understanding your clients’ journey, and efficient marketing execution, you may never be able to grow your business. With a very organized business that has a clear vision, you can produce a great product or service. But if no one can find you or your business, none of that matters. It’s important to include marketing in your budget, and connect with the appropriate people or businesses to aid you in your marketing efforts. It’s important to delegate some of the work to other team members or businesses. You can’t and don’t have to do everything yourself. In addition, you have to make sure you utilize the right people or companies for the task at hand. You may burn out your employees, or waste money by hiring an employee or a company that isn’t qualified to assist you and your business.

 

Most new business owners and entrepreneurs underestimate the time it takes to start seeing results in their business. Too often business owners expect to be set for life after their first few clients. Growing a business can take a lot of capital, and it’s important to plan financially to not only see a return but invest your profits back into your business.

 

For a successful business, it is imperative to focus on your company’s vision. The clearer you are about what you want and the more time you dedicate to staying organized and delegating tasks appropriately, the better off your business will be in terms of productivity and efficiency. If there are other areas where you feel like things have slipped through the cracks or could use some improvement, don’t wait around! No one has all of this figured out perfectly–don’t let perfectionism prevent growth from happening. Take action today by making sure these changes are reflected in your marketing plan so that customers know who they’re buying from.

 

It’s important to stay focused on your goals and work with a business coach or consultant who can help you create an action plan. Your life will be easier if you delegate tasks that other people are qualified for – this way they’re not overworking themselves while you sit back in the driver seat. Finally, don’t expect overnight success when it comes to starting your own business venture; most entrepreneurs take years before seeing any kind of return on their investment. If none of these points resonate with you- then fear not! We have plenty more free marketing advice waiting just around the corner. Give us a shout anytime we want to chat about how we can help make sure your company is set up for success from day one!

Things to consider when transitioning from employee to entrepreneur

Becoming an entrepreneur is a huge leap for anyone and it’s important to understand the risks and rewards before making the transition. Entrepreneurs need to think about things such as how they will generate revenue, their expenses, their cash flow forecast, how much money they’ll need in order to get started, and more. One of the most common mistakes that entrepreneurs make when transitioning from employee to entrepreneur is not thinking about all of these variables beforehand which can lead to financial issues later on down the line. When you are transitioning from employee to entrepreneur, it’s important to consider all aspects of the transition. This post will help you do just that with a list of things to think about before making your final decision. Starting a business can be hard and there is so much uncertainty that comes with it, but if this is something you want then these tips should give you an idea of what lies ahead.

In recent years, many people have turned their hobbies into profitable businesses. Turning your talent or passion into a business can be a great way to ensure you do lose interest! Start by identifying what type of product would be best suited for your style of work. If you love designing clothes to spruce up friends’ wardrobes perhaps clothing would be a good choice. Whatever it is, it’s important you are passionate about it. Once chosen, find out where there are outlets that sell products like yours; this will give insight into how much competition exists. Success at turning a hobby into a passionate project could lead to financial freedom. opens doors towards entrepreneurship paths previously unimaginable before starting down this journey.

Once you’ve found something you’re passionate about, you then should evaluate your skills, interest, and goals. It’s important to have the skill set necessary to build your business and manage a thriving team when the time comes. On top of that, your business is an essence for you; if you lose interest, so will your clients, employees, and partners. After going over the necessary goals, you should create short and long-term goals, and continue your learning process to help you achieve these goals. Your goals don’t have to be anything crazy, but also shouldn’t be limited by any preconceived notions. It is important to set the goals you seek to reach and use data, logic, and support from your network to navigate your path to reach your goals.

Once your goals are in place, it’s important to consider what your needs are, and things that may hold you back, or make it difficult to start your business. Do you work full time, do have enough extra time to run your business? Financially what do you need to survive? Are there other aspects of your life that impact your ability to run a business? Are your goals set, and do you have a plan in place to achieve them?

All of these questions and more may come up when starting your business. It’s important to logically evaluate all of your questions, and create a plan that you can follow and that is achievable. It also may help to talk with others who started their own business, and seek guidance when it comes to best practices and techniques.
You should now evaluate the pros and cons of your industry and what infrastructure you need in place to start serving customers. You don’t need everything in place at first and should understand that pivoting is an essential part of running a successful business. After evaluating the industry standards, understanding what your consumers expect, and what competitors are doing, it may be the right time to start your business. Everyone’s situation is different, but it’s important that each step you take is logical and calculated when it comes to running and growing your business.

When making the jump from employee to entrepreneur, it’s important you have an exit strategy in place. Running a business is stressful, and it can be devastating if you don’t account for the “what if’s”. Create an exit strategy if things don’t work out, or if you’re unable to continue running your business. Have an action plan in place in case you need someone else to temporarily step in and run your business for you as well. With a calculated exit strategy, some of your stress will be relieved, and you can dedicate your focus to your business.

It’s also important to note how much time it will take to start earning money from a new venture. Owning a business can be very profitable, but starting out, and maintaining one can be expensive, and your return might take longer than expected. It’s important to identify these types of things early so you can be prepared.

The rewards of entrepreneurship are worth the risk. If you’re still not sure if starting a small business is right for you, here are some things to consider before making your decision. Have you considered what would happen if this venture didn’t work out? What about how much time it will take your new business to start earning money? These questions can help determine whether or not now might be the best time for you to explore your entrepreneurial side and launch that idea that’s been burning inside of you since day one. You never know when inspiration may strike! For more information on becoming an entrepreneur in today’s world, check out our blog post “Top reasons why entrepreneurs fail and how to overcome them”.

No matter how you slice it, starting a business is a monumental endeavor. It will require time and effort to get off the ground but if done right, your investment could be worth tenfold in just a few months. So take some time to figure out what’s holding you back from taking that leap of faith into entrepreneurship or whether now may actually be the perfect opportunity for you to make something happen! We’re here to help answer any questions or concerns, so don’t hesitate to reach out when ready.

Why not having a strong team is detremental to your business

Do you ever feel like you’re drowning in your work? Do you find it hard to stop thinking about all the things that need to be done, and often feel guilty for taking time away from work? If so, I’m here to tell you that this is not good for your business or health. As a business owner myself, I know how easy it can be to neglect yourself when there are always more tasks on the never-ending list and deadlines that seem impossible. But what if instead of living in constant fear of everything going wrong, we shifted our mindset and focused on building a strong team who could support us with these challenges? What if we took care of ourselves so we could lead by example and show others how important balance is for them.

If you are a business owner or an entrepreneur, it’s important to understand the importance of having strong leadership and team members. Your business will not grow if you don’t have the right people in place. In this blog post, I’ll be discussing how your company is doomed without a good team in place and what can happen if you don’t have a good support system. It’s very important as well to know that your personal health will suffer when working long hours with little time for yourself. You need balance! First and foremost; if you don’t take care of yourself, your productivity and performance will eventually suffer. This can lead to even more stress as it becomes harder for you to do the things you need or want to do in order to get back on track. But please remember – taking time for self-care isn’t just important for mental health; it also has major implications relating directly to your company’s success (yes, really!).

As a leader of an organization, it is vital to have a strong and capable team around you. When your team isn’t up to speed with the day-to-day tasks that need to be done, it can lead to long-term consequences for both your health as well as business growth. The following are some of the most common symptoms experienced when someone does not have enough time or support in their professional life: stress levels increase; chronic pain increases; energy levels decrease; immune system weakens (making them more susceptible to illnesses); they may feel depressed or anxious which leads them down a path where they might experience sleep problems or mood swings. Without a team, it’s more difficult to make decisions quickly or implement changes when needed. A lack of trust or connection (especially with all of the virtual work we are doing at this time) among members in your company can lead to negative consequences like low morale and poor communication which is detrimental to the success of any organization. Not having a strong & organized team also means that there will be less accountability for tasks assigned because no one has ownership over them.

When it comes to running a business, having a team is critical. Without them, you will be at risk of not achieving your goals and reaching the potential that’s within you. Having strong leadership in place can help with making decisions faster and more efficiently which helps maintain both your health and the company’s success. A lack of direction or support from others may lead to distraction, stress, anxiety, depression, or other mental ailments that could hinder productivity as well as take a toll on one’s personal life outside work. If this has been something that you have struggled with for some time now then we would love to talk about how our experienced team of senior advisors can provide guidance through mentorship programs tailored just for you!

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“Every entrepreneur who has achieved success has also endured failure.”

Brent Simpson of Bold Vision Enterprise

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Building your team & why its vital for your business

In today’s business world, time is your most valuable asset. The need to grow and expand your company while juggling all of your other responsibilities can be overwhelming- and if you’re not careful, it could lead to burnout. One way to ensure that this doesn’t happen is by building a team for your company- a group of trusted employees who will help carry the weight so that you don’t have to do it by yourself!. In this blog post, we’ll talk about why having a team is important for any business owner looking to stay competitive in their industry while also maintaining balance in their personal life. We’ll also discuss key qualities members of a team should possess. Read on if you want some tips!
When your business grows, it can be exciting to see how our team is evolving and developing. However, growth also brings with it a culture change that could have both positive aspects like building new relationships at the office or more negative ones such as deteriorating work morale due to increased workloads or lack of connection between the business and co-workers. One of the biggest challenges during this phase in any company’s life cycle are maintaining an effective communication strategy across different offices where employees may not always share common working hours; something which takes extra effort from managers who need to remember when people will be available for scheduling meetings outside of normal working hours if they want their voice heard about changes happening within the organization!

As well-meaning management continues reorganizing teams without consulting those impacted directly by these decisions. Having a team is important to help prevent burnout, and give your company the ability to grow and scale – Remember, you don’t have to do everything yourself!
Having a team will allow you to have individuals who specialize in the services you offer, allowing better quality end products for your clients. Your client’s lifetime value has a huge impact on your business, losing one client could cost your business a significant amount of cash flow. Having team members will better your overall client experience, and your company’s availability, and ability to take on new projects will increase as your team grows.
It’s important to care for your business, but just as important to care for yourself. Having a strong team in place will prevent burnout, allow you to take time away from your business, and focus on building and maintaining your personal life. This has a direct impact on your business: taking the time you need will allow you to apply yourself at 100% when you are working on your business.

When you finally start building your team, it’s important to make sure the right people are joining you and your business. Communication is key. Your team members should be comfortable communicating respectfully and openly with other members of the team. This allows your team to truly share their thoughts, ideas, concerns, and problems, as well as creating a welcoming environment to consider what other members of the team may have to say.
Your team should also be goal and result-oriented. It’s important to build a team that is able to agree on a mutual goal and timeline. It’s also important they have the ability to reflect on their work based on the outcome, data, and results generated from their work. Your team should be able to work together when creating a plan and understand each other’s roles in achieving the set goals.

Good leadership is vital for your team’s operations. Your team is going to look to you during potential issues or confusion. It is vital that you build a work atmosphere where your team trusts and respects you. They’ll also look to you to set the pace of the workplace, and keep everyone on the same page.
Building a team is one of the most important tasks you can do as an entrepreneur. Your business will never be able to grow if your company isn’t made up of people who share the same values and are dedicated to success. It may sound like common sense, but it’s often difficult for entrepreneurs with limited time or resources to find the right people for their organization. We understand how hard it can be when you’re just starting out – that’s why we offer consulting services specifically tailored to help small businesses get started off on the right foot.

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“Every entrepreneur who has achieved success has also endured failure.”

Brent Simpson of Bold Vision Enterprise

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When you finally start building your team, it’s important to make sure the right people are joining you and your business. Communication is key. Your team members should be comfortable communicating respectfully and openly with other members of the team. This allows your team to truly share their thoughts, ideas, concerns, and problems, as well as creating a welcoming environment to consider what other members of the team may have to say.

Your team should also be goal and result-oriented. It’s important to build a team that is able to agree on a mutual goal and timeline. It’s also important they have the ability to reflect on their work based on the outcome, data, and results generated from their work. Your team should be able to work together when creating a plan and understand each other’s roles in achieving the set goals.

Good leadership is vital for your team’s operations. Your team is going to look to you during potential issues or confusion. It is vital that you build a work atmosphere where your team trusts and respects you. They’ll also look to you to set the pace of the workplace, and keep everyone on the same page.

Building a team is one of the most important tasks you can do as an entrepreneur. Your business will never be able to grow if your company isn’t made up of people who share the same values and are dedicated to success. It may sound like common sense, but it’s often difficult for entrepreneurs with limited time or resources to find the right people for their organization. We understand how hard it can be when you’re just starting out – that’s why we offer consulting services specifically tailored to help small businesses get started off on the right foot.

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How to Keep Going When you Want to Give Up

Whether it’s running your business or a marathon, working towards your dream or trying to make a marriage work, there are some situations we can find ourselves in where we want to keep going but really struggle to maintain motivation. Entrepreneurship is one of those things. We have to give every last drop of will-power and energy to avoid just giving up and packing it all in. Many of our friends and family don’t know why we “put ourselves through it”, so it’s hard to talk to them about our business.

In these situations we often find ourselves turning to mental tricks and ruminations to try and convince ourselves to keep going. Often times pining over the pictures we see posted on social media depicting a person on the beach with a drink in their hand looking as if they do not have a care in the world. So what are some of the best techniques you can use when you want to give up to ensure you persist?

Draw Inspiration from EVERYWHERE

Most of us have real stories and memories that we can use to dig deep and find inspiration. If you have ever met with a BVE Success Advisor you know our philosophy is simple….get a positive team that understands you. Not just any team, but a team that understands entrepreneurship. Perhaps you had a parent or a friend who never gave up no matter what. Maybe you remember them challenging you to accomplish something and really believing in yourself. These people can help you to dig deep when you’re really struggling for energy, commitment or will-power.
If that doesn’t work, try an inspiring music track. ‘You’ve got the power’ https://youtu.be/A52–FKUQgU by the 80s soft rock artist Stan Bush should do the trick!

Remind Yourself Why You’re Doing It

Another trick is to remind yourself why you’re doing what you’re doing. If you are trying to turn your passion into business, so you can leave your 9 to 5 job and live in your God given talent. Or if you have been running your business now for a few years and you realize you want to see more success than you’re experiencing today. At Bold Vision Enterprise we have seen and heard more reasons than we care to remember. However. the most important thing isn’t the memory it’s knowing when to use it to motivate yourself.

If you’re working towards a dream try visualizing yourself where you want to be because you managed to accomplish the gargantuan goal. If you’re trying to make money, that might mean imagining yourself on a yacht in the sun somewhere. Maybe its spending more quality time with the family since you have more financial flexibility.

At Bold Vision Enterprise we aren’t championing the Vision Board movement, we like to develop actionable growth strategies with our clients. However, we recognize creating a Vision Board does work well for some people. So if you are the type of person who prefers to visually see your future success then consider building a Vision Board.

Remind Yourself of the Consequences

Sometimes the stick can be more motivating than the carrot. If imagining yourself being highly successful because you did well isn’t doing the trick, then maybe try doing the opposite instead. Imagining what would happen if you give up. Imagine having to tell everyone you failed. Imagine knowing you failed… Especially after all the effort you’ve already put in! We know that sounds harsh but some people need to think about this.

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“Every entrepreneur who has achieved success has also endured failure.”

Brent Simpson of Bold Vision Enterprise

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Break it Down

If you’re tackling an impossible task or its a seemingly simple task you can’t seem to conquer, break it down into smaller milestones. Then get an accountability partner. It helps to know someone out there is going to ask for a status update. Isolation isn’t something we suggest at any level.
Building a business is not easy. Remember to celebrate the micro wins along the way…it helps.

Take a Break

There are moments when taking a break is the best thing to do. Have a breather. Most tasks aren’t binary meaning it’s not ‘do or die’. Be strategic with your energy management and realize that a short time out can often yield better results in the long term.

Also, pay attention to your energy. When you work best on technical task? When do you work best on creative items? When is the best time for you to tackle or engage “problem clients”? Knowing these answer will help you determine the ideal time to take a break.

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4 Secrets for Achieving Internal Success

4 Secrets for Achieving Internal Success

 

All small business owners want to be successful. Since childhood, being successful has been ingrained in many of our minds as the great aim of life. This isn’t a bad thing. However, we need to better understand that success varies greatly. Not only in how it is measured, quantified or qualified but also whether it is external or internal. What is an internal success? And can you achieve it? For starters, personal and emotional success, are an integral part of business success.  Success is about achieving goals. To do so you should always assess the how and why of your goals first. Plainly put, begin with the end in mind and then begin to understand the person in the mirror who controls the journey to that end. To begin your self-assessment, here are the four secrets that can help you achieve internal success before and during your business. 

#1 Be Accountable to Yourself by Setting Goals

It is vital that you set your goals for your personal and professional life, in order to provide a target for you to aim for. List your goals, then write down the steps you are going to take to achieve them.  This does not need to be an essay. Simple bullet points with target dates will suffice. Add who or what can help you as a column in your list. Lastly, find an accountability partner, friend, family member, group or coach.  If you are looking for a business coach talk to a BVE Success Advisor who can support you.

#2 Remember Your Personal and Professional Lives Are Interdependent

You may think that your career and personal goals are separate. However, they are interdependent. Your career relies on your well-being. Which impacts your family, relationships, health, and happiness. Your happiness influences the quality of your relationships and health all of which will affect your career or business.  You are your company culture. If you’re not happy at work or doing a job that you love, it impacts your emotional and physical wellbeing and your personal life.

Focus on one area at a time and the success will bleed into the other areas.

#3 Find Your Passion and Purpose

If your personal and professional lives are interdependent, then to be successful in them you will need to discover your passion and purpose. These internal attributes will require some level of introspection.  This may be a great time to meditate. Through introspection, you will feel re-energized to drive determination, enhance your creativity and spark inspiration in your activities. For all the 9 to 5ers thinking about leaving their jobs this will be a great exercise for you.  For those with existing businesses, this can help you get realigned personally and professionally.

#4 Don’t Focus on Money.  Instead, Focus on Passion and Purpose

I know this may seem like a strange thing to read coming from a business strategist, but it’s true.  Chasing money instead of passion and purpose can lead many to find that success is tainted by misery. While people consider amassing wealth to be a sign of success, that should not be your end goal or sole success indicator.  

Instead, focus on your mindset, lifestyle, and wellbeing.  What will your life look and feel like when you have truly achieved internal success?  How will your family, friends, employees, co-workers, strategic partners and others feel?  Create a vision board with words, quotes, and pictures showing your life as you want it to be?  Our suggestion is to make it an actionable vision board by putting dates of intended achievement on each picture.  

When thinking about your professional success consider how you will know you’ve succeeded. What will your position be? How will you be making an impact in your company and in the wider community?  What will your working day look like? How will your company change people’s lives? Think about work/life balance and the effect on your family and relationships with friends. How will your new role or business affect your time, health and happiness?

In Conclusion

While success can mean different things to different people, one thing all definitions have in common is that success is measured by achieving goals that make you feel positive emotions and that if measured internally, not by external assets.  We believe you will find the greatest success comes when you use your passions to create your goals that will solve real problems and improve the lives that you touch.

 

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Discover – Create – Implement

There’s nothing more empowering in entrepreneurship than coming to the realization that you can have, do and be anything you want! In today’s world of social media this thought is echoed louder than ever.

Often, the problem for many is disbelief. Thinking that it’s already been done, results in thinking our product or service isn’t good enough. Or we doubt that we have a Unique Value Proposition strong enough to separate ourselves from the marketplace.

What do you think?

How do you feel about the opportunity to establish and/or grow your business?

At Bold Vision Enterprise we believe you can do it. It will not be easy and you have to be mentally prepared for the ups and downs, but it is completely doable. Even if it has been done before.

The classic adage “seek and ye shall find” still stands true. If you look for proof that achieving big goals, big dreams and living a life of excitement and success is possible, you will find it. If you look for proof that life is difficult, big goals are impossible to achieve and success is reserved only for a select few, well you are certain to find that as well. Attitude is EVERYTHING! We all have a story about the difficulties life has dealt us. You already know what you’ve been through, and there no reason to tell every person you meet. Let’s make today the day you come to the realization that you can have, do and be anything you want!

An exciting future awaits you. But you have to name it and claim it. Your journey begins now. If you want to speak to a BVE Success Advisor feel free to schedule an appointment today.  Bold Vision Enterprise stands ready to help!

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Learn What Failure and Starting Your Business Have in Common

What Failure and Starting Your Business Have in Common

Starting your business and failure have more in common than you may think. The fear of failure often results in a person doing everything they can to avoid failure, even if it means stagnation and unfulfilled dreams. Many do this because they think if they try and do not succeed, they will be perceived as an overall failure to their employees, friends and/or family. Are you this person? Is there a business you want to start, but feel paralyzed by fear?

As social media plays back highlight reels depicting success, it is easy to assume that success is laid at the feet of entrepreneur’s who choose to pursue their dreams. When you look closely, however, you discover a different picture. Entrepreneurship is messy. You don’t see the dozens of ideas they tried that didn’t work prior to being successful. The most prominent unseen factor is the fear of failure that often still rests within them. Yes, they have a fear of failure too, but they didn’t keep it from letting them start their business.


“Fail often, but intelligently. Fail fast, but forward. Then step over the failure, and grow from the lesson.”
Brent Simpson of Bold Vision Enterprise


Failure is a great tool to figure out what not to do the next time around and is necessary for learning and growing. If you try something and it doesn’t work, it is no reason to give up on your entrepreneurial dreams. It should be used as a road map to identify what went wrong, reevaluate your idea, and make adjustments to try and make it work. Find a mentor or an advisor who can help you have a smarter, more strategic launch. Preferably one who has been there and conquered that place or space you wish to operate in. In many cases, having a team helps too.

Avoid being the entrepreneur who talks about their many failures before reaching success. At Bold Vision Enterprise our tagline reads, “Let our knowledge and experience be your company’s head start” because we understand the benefits of leveraging good advisors. So, it may be worth your while to find an advisor who can evaluate what you are doing and help you to get back or stay on track toward success. This may require an upfront investment, but good advisors are certainly worth it if they can produce results for you. Choose wisely, but definitely choose someone bold. If you’re interested feel free to let Bold Vision Enterprise help reduce the fear and confusion of getting started.

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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