We all have a big vision of what we want our impact in the world to be (even if we haven’t said it out loud yet). But often, this vision can be the thing that causes our business to fail.
Dreams are fantastic and creating a vision of what you want your future business to be can be a great motivator. But I’ve seen way too many instances when this bigger vision can keep people completely stuck.
So what’s the problem?
We have such a high expectation of what we want our bigger vision to be that we won’t take the small steps to get there. We won’t start because it’s not perfect, or we just don’t know where to begin.
Just because what you have now doesn’t meet your big vision, doesn’t mean it’s not worth doing.
Newsflash – You can’t reach that bigger vision you have until you start taking the smaller steps to get you there.
I know it sounds obvious but I want you to check in with yourself and be really honest.
Are you taking the small steps needed to move you closer to your vision?
Or are you stalling on the details and waiting for everything to be perfect, and all the answers to magically fall into your lap?
How do you start small?
Here are some quick examples of how different business visions can start small.
Lifestyle Brand for Creatives
If your big vision is to have a lifestyle brand showcasing all your creative endeavours, a big high five to you. But rather than trying to do it all now, build a solid foundation one project or theme at a time. It’s much easier to build and develop one project at a time then 10 different ones all at once.
If you want to run big events and reach a global audience, why not start with smaller local events to get you going. They’ll help you develop your content & marketing, and you’ll get some great feedback and confidence boosters along the way.
The trick with these is don’t be tempted to put everything you know in a half day event. Keep them specific and delivering a great outcome at the end. Then as you develop your audience you can develop your events.
Leverage & More Clients
If you want to leverage your business to take on more clients make sure you have a solid foundation in place. Are you on top of systems and how to on-board your clients? Have you automated the booking process? Have you set time boundaries and achieved results with the clients you have?
If you want to launch an online course do you have the audience size to make it work? Sometimes taking the time to build your list and have an engaged audience is the first step before you launch anything. You’ll get far better results when you launch to a larger warmer list. I don’t want you to hear crickets when you launch your big idea and take a massive confidence blow and want to give up.
Comprehensive Product Suite
If you plan to offer a full suite of products or services, start with one or two options first. Get really good at delivering them and then move onto something else.
Let me simplify this even more for you.
- Rather than focusing on how hard something will be, focus on what you can start to do now.
- Break down your vision into smaller projects or stages so you don’t freak yourself out.
- Simplify what you’re currently offering and who you’re offering that to.
As you start to take action and implement these smaller steps, pay attention to what’s working, what’s not and adjust accordingly.
It’s the small steps along the way that will bring you the clarity you crave.
It’s the small steps that will give you the feedback you need about who your work is actually for.
It’s the small steps that you take that will give you the confidence to bring your message out and impact the world in the way you want.
“Sometimes the smallest step in the right direction ends up being the biggest step of your life. Tip toe if you must, but take the step.”
By all means, you must absolutely respect, acknowledge and work towards that bigger vision you have for yourself, your impact and your idea.
But please, don’t stay stuck waiting for everything to be perfect.
Remember that you can’t climb the whole mountain on day 1. Instead of always thinking of the big vision you have, bring it right back to one small step you can take towards that. Even if you’re not completely certain it’s the right one, take it anyway.
Your answers will come in the steps that you take.