Updated: Aug 20, 2020
Everyone knows, or should know, that a business plan is essential for success in business. Entrepreneur.com
describes a business plan as "...a road map that provides directions so a business can plan its future and helps it avoid bumps in the road."
Let's dig into this a little deeper, your business plan details the plans (goals) for your business, but what details the plans for your life? The passion that motivated you, whether it be a job loss or desire for wealth, to start your business can be a direct result of the vision you have for your life. Once you realize the vision, use that as the framework for creating the blueprint for your life. The decisions you make will be based upon that blueprint.
Because I want to have a certain amount of money that a job cannot give me, my desire for wealth motivated me to pursue entrepreneurship. My purpose drove me to build up and support other business owners. Although I cannot commit to it full time, my vision forces me to work at inconvenient times and make financial sacrifices. The vision for my life gives me the strength to say NO to outings and impulse spending. My business plans is specific; however, I envision that my company will help countless entrepreneurs and businesses achieve enormous success. This is so much more than a business plan because if I should fail, my vision will force me to pursue my passion in another way.
My business plan is limited but my vision is limitless. My vision gives me new and creative ways to assist each client. It gives me something to fall back on when I feel discouraged or alone. It gives me a reason to push past disappointment to continue in this race. The late great Dr. Myles Monroe describes vision as a function of the heart. It is the picture of the life you want and no one can take that away from you.
Your vision will not allow you to become stagnant. First, think about the things that you enjoy. I had a conversation with my daughter and I remembered that she's always had a passion for apparel and design. This is something she's always found pleasure in and is key to discovering her purpose. Now, I have to help cultivate that passion and yet give her space to visualize the kind of life she wants. Taking these steps will help her determine what she needs to do to accomplish her lifelong goals.
I'm not an expert in discovering purpose and fulfilling your life. What I can tell you is that I dream big and write down every idea. I choose to read books and listen to podcasts, watch YouTube videos of people like my Pastor, Dr. Myles Monroe, Eric Thomas, or Dr. Caroline Leaf who help me change my mindset and think differently.
It all starts in your mind, you are and will always be how you think.
“The greatest tragedy in life is not death, but a life without a purpose.” - Dr. Myles Monroe