What do you want your business to do for your life?
Have you asked yourself this question?
I think one of the biggest reasons many business owners don’t achieve the success they could, is because they just don’t know what they want, or what’s ok to want. Or just want!
You must know what you want from your business so that you can actually get it. And it doesn’t start with a making a million. It starts with a specific figure, a specific goal that if you take action on – will lead to bigger things.
It’s good to think big, but… it can be overwhelming and can prevent you from even starting. Thinking too big sets you up for a whole lot of procrastination and hope. And neither will build a business.
If you’ve got to this part of the year and your business is still not doing what you would like it to do for you in making you the money or the impact you want, then perhaps it’s because you haven’t decided what you want your business to do for you and your life yet.
Yep. It can be that simple.
So why not ask yourself now? What do I want my business to do for me and my life? In the next 6 months?
And you can’t start your answer with “just”, because for sure you’re going to say “just to pay myself or to pay the bills”… Or, “just’ for something to do. Or, “I just want to help people”.
It’s not that any of those ideas are wrong; it’s ‘just’ not enough. So, don’t be surprised if your business is just about giving you what you expect from it.
Start with “I want my business to ………. (and choose something you would really love).
I started my business because I wanted freedom; freedom of time, of finances, feeling free to say yes to the things in life that bring me joy, and I do this through helping others live their dream too. That’s me. That’s what I want from my business.
And guess what – that’s exactly what I have now.
I’m just back from a brilliant trip to my favourite city in the world – New York.
It’s funny because its known as such a fast-paced city, but I literally slowed right down on this trip and spent lots of time going to amazing yoga classes and eating healthy food, and relaxing. (as well as shopping, of course).
My trip was inspired by my friend and colleague Shevelle Mc Pherson. She invited me to her birthday – at the Louboutin Store on Madison Avenue. Who would turn that down right? She had the place privatised for her party and 10% of all the sales went to really amazing charities that are helping women globally! Talk about a cause to shop right? It was an amazing experience.
And in the months leading up to it, I started to research opportunities to speak. And because of that, I was invited to speak at an event in Brooklyn, Women Networking Worldwide, where I met an amazing group of female entrepreneurs I could share my message with. It was a fantastic experience.
And of course, then I went to my friends birthday party, too. Which was beyond amazing. I don’t know about you, but I loves me some real good shoes! And I love my business for providing me the money I need to treat myself to the things I like, to be able to visit the places I want to, and not have to worry about being able to afford it or not.
This is what your business is meant to do for you. It’s meant to fuel your life. Not for you to become the fuel for the business. I speak to business owners all the time who are just burned out and ready to give up because their business is running their life.
You run the business. Not the other way around.
And if you’re going run it, you have to know what you want it to do for you. Got it?
There’s no way I would have been able to grow my business to the levels I have ie to 40k months consistently if I wasn’t clear on what I wanted my life to look like as a result of my business. If I didn’t lead the way to where I wanted to go. There’s just no way I would be here now.
Imagine if you decided right now what you wanted from your business, and imagine if this time 6 months or 12 months from now it looked that way. Imagine if you could stop “saying no” to the things in life that bring you joy, and start using your business as the tool to help you say yes to what you want, and make the money you need to have the life you want. Imagine feeling in complete control of the direction of your business and being able to enroll as many clients as you want from speaking and traveling the world.
How different would your life be? How different would your bank account look? And how would you feel?
I bet you would look different too. I see that with my clients all the time; nowadays I take selfies with them when we start out and show them 6 months later how different they are.
Having what you want from your business changes you. It changes your world and the world of those around you, too.
I want more women to win in business. To take control of what THEY want and take control of how to make the money they WANT to make once and for all.
This would help stop this cycle of financial survival, always hoping one day it will magically change. That one post on social media will finally work, or that the clients will just organically start to find you. It doesn’t happen like that. Business is about “making money”, and if you fail to make money – you fail.
So, I’m asking you to ask yourself again – what do you want from your business? Ask yourself now, so that this time next year you’ll be where you want to be because your business did the work to make it happen.
If you can decide what you want, then you will be inspired to do what you need to do get what you want.
I’d love to know what you want, really I would. So tell me already!?
Post in the comments and start with “I want my business to … and finish the sentence. There is no right or wrong, but it has to big enough to inspire you to just go for it.
Here’s to knowing and having what we want, now, not someday!
PS. I’m in Ireland now, then I’m going back to Paris to run a two-day mastermind with my clients. Then I’m off to Romania for a retreat and then back to Ireland, then Paris again for New year. It’s what I want. And because I know, my business is affording me to do it all.
PPS. My problem now is – I “need” to want more. That’s not a position I planned for. So I’m going to share more about that in my next blog.