Have you ever stopped to reflect on your life and thought, “Yep. My life is exactly as I imagined it would be”?
Likely the answer is a big, “No.”
Does that make you a failure, that your life hasn’t turned out how you imagined it as a little girl? Absolutely not. It means that you’ve been able to grow and change and react to the events in your life in a positive way. And that’s a really good thing.
The same is true in your business. Not everything is going to work out exactly as you planned when you started your business. Just because things are different than you expected, dreamed or intended doesn’t mean you did something wrong. Likely it means you did something right–and now your business is better for it.
When I first started my business, I was pulled to host large, inspirational events. I remember thinking how fun it would be. I even had hand-drawn sketches of the table decorations and designs for name tags. I researched room rentals and food costs and had event titles and program agendas written out.
If you know me at all, you might think this would be a really great fit for my personality. But it wasn’t.
I started hosting events in The Coach’s Cottage and the larger the events got, the less I enjoyed myself (even though participants loved them). I discovered that I didn’t like being on the stage and that I liked watching the smaller, more meaningful connections my clients had during smaller events.
So how do you build the right business for you?
The key is to spend time getting really clear on your vision and knowing the “why” behind that vision. It might take some time as you allow things to flow, shift and change. But identify what’s sticking with you and what is drifting, then focus on what sticks and allow the other stuff to drift away.
Know that it’s okay that not every grand idea you have gets implemented. What counts is that the important ideas get implemented.
Be patient with yourself as you take some time to think things through and plan things out. Then be patient as they morph into what they were meant to be. Enjoy the process of getting there, not just the outcome.
The truth is, even if life or business hasn’t turned out like you imagined, what you’ve created likely is much better than you ever dreamed. Because you were able to use your experiences to build exactly what fits your personality and your new dreams.
Would clarifying your vision help you grow the business of your dreams? If so, I invite you to schedule a 90-min Clarity Creator today. Let’s clarify your vision together.