Category: Passion

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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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.