Category: Entrepreneur

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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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.

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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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