Do you miss the forest for the trees? Are you sometimes nearsighted when it comes to your work? Good business vision can help you see the entire picture. Children are told to eat their carrots to improve their vision but entrepreneurs need to eat their strategy carrots to improve their vision, too.
Some entrepreneurs become fixated on one particular thing in their businesses to the detriment of their long term plans. Or, they become so convinced of their “rightness” in everything… Because admitting they don’t know something or admitting to mistakes is somehow a sign of weakness. Even worse, some expect customers or their advisory boards will just rubber stamp everything however, in reality, the best customers and advisory boards don’t do that.
We can all agree that successful entrepreneurs especially need focus and discipline. Focus is good and so is discipline. But here’s the thing: vision is better because it directs focus and channels discipline.
Some may say that vision is essentially the same as focus and discipline. In addition, they may be wondering why Sixense harps on vision specifically because it feels like semantics. Maybe Alice in Wonderland can help illustrate the point:
“Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?”
“That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,” said the Cat.
“I don’t much care where—” said Alice.
“Then it doesn’t matter which way you go,” said the Cat.
“—so long as I get SOMEWHERE,” Alice added as an explanation.
“Oh, you’re sure to do that,” said the Cat, “if you only walk long enough.”
Don’t be like Alice. The goal for any entrepreneur is not to just get somewhere. The goal is to achieve success. Focus without vision doesn’t yield success – it just yields focus. Here are 3 tips to sharpen your vision:
- Use your imagination. Take a few minutes each day to paint a vivid picture in your mind’s eye of what success looks like for you. You can do this while drinking your morning coffee, while you’re on the treadmill or even on your commute. Envision the forest, not the trees. Once the vivid picture is in place, you naturally orient your activities around it.
- Work on, not in, your business. There’s a difference between a gameplan and a series of plays in business but sometimes they can be confused. What’s occupying your mind and your time? How does what’s occupying your mind and time serve your vision? What is your current approach costing you? If a new approach that could serve your vision existed, how interested would you be in pursuing it?
- Work with a coach. Working with a coach can help you go from functional to optimal. Sometimes, leaders feel like they’re at a strategic crossroads. They hunger for a strategic and objective thinking partner to help them navigate to their success. Coaches are solution focused champions who clients achieve their visions and accomplish things they thought were beyond their reach.
Our approach always includes asking what success looks like while we embark on the work. An unfettered big picture vision is invaluable because it is the foundation of strategy. In other words, we help you eat your entrepreneur carrots.
For a limited time, Sixense Strategy is offering a free 60 minute consultation to help you learn more about how coaching can help articulate and achieve your vision. Schedule your phone consultation today via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or a call to 312.208.7329.