I’m a strong believer in the power of visualization. Everyone is capable of using it but some may find it very difficult to do. Thats okay! It’s also worth pointing out that since this ability is a direct reflection of what’s going on in your mind, if you see yourself succeeding – you will, but if you are constantly stressing and anticipating bad results, that will happen as well.
Before thinking about the financial aspect of starting a business, if you can visualize it being successful, you’re already off to a good start.
1.) Figure Out What Fuels You
What is it that wakes you up in the morning? Starting and maintaining a business will require a great deal of your time and energy. If you aren’t passionate about what you’re pursuing, you will become very drained, so it’s important to focus on what wakes you up in the morning, what is always on your mind and what gives you the most inspiration.
I’m sure that we all want to be able to support ourselves comfortably, instead of living paycheck to paycheck. The desire to take care of yourself and the people that you care about can be what motivates you.
Be careful when planning because you don’t want to dedicate yourself to something and ONLY be in it for the money that you anticipate to make. It’ll become all too easy to lose yourself in the process and potentially hurt your brand.
2.) Think Beyond What’s Already There
What will you bring to the table that isn’t already on display? Or – how will you reinvent a traditional dish and give it flavor? Consider how you will use your knowledge and talents to create something innovative.
What is the recipe that you will create and use for your signature dish? I actually had to do that when planning for my brand and business, BLACKAMAZING. There’s so many celebrity gossip blogs out there and I wanted to bring something different to the table.
3.) Organize Your Thoughts
We actually do this everyday, whether we’re creating a list of items to purchase at the grocery store or the rough draft of an essay. Jot down all of your strategies and ideas. This is a great way to finally organize all of the thoughts in your head. Be sure to keep a notepad handy while you’re out and about! If you’re not into that, most smartphones and laptops have the notepad app.
4.) Write Everything Down
I went through a very long period of just not having the inspiration to write. I love to write but for some reason, I just couldn’t get out of the rut, for YEARS. It has been debated whether or not writers block is actually real but one method has helped me tremendously — writing without stopping. Don’t worry about typos or anything. Just write down everything that comes to mind and revise it.
While maintaining a site and producing lots of content, it gets overwhelming sometimes. Not because I don’t know what to write or love what I do but because there’s so much that I want to write. When I don’t know where to start, i’d use my notepad to make a rough draft of what I want to say and return back to it later when I am ready to clean it up and eventually publish it.
5.) Shut Out The Negativity
If there are ever times when you have doubts – don’t let it get to you! Some people (like me) prefer to work on projects without really speaking about it to other people. If you do happen to tell others about your plans and they tell you that you can’t do it (well, you don’t really need people like that in your life anyway), know that they can’t see your vision, so what they have to say doesn’t matter.
Remind yourself that you will succeed and this idea is going to play out exactly how you want it to. You will be successful if you work hard and keep positivity in your life. The more you work and see everything that you wrote down, becoming a reality, you’ll become more motivated.
6.) Prioritize Your Mental Health
Your mental health is important. No matter how many deadlines you have and how large the workload is, you should always prioritize it. Your work is a reflection of who you are and how you were feeling at the time that you produced it. When you’re feeling good, you’ll most likely make things that you are proud of and you’ll always have that finished product to revel in.
7.) Get Some Sleep
I just don’t understand how business owners (and anyone else for that matter) can go days, even weeks without sleep. That’s unhealthy and not okay. I need my sleep! I cannot function if I don’t have it. I run everything by myself and as much as I wish that I could just work non-stop without having to attend to tasks like eating and sleeping, I am human.
Sleep is something that should have a place in your schedule just like anything. When I am deprived of it, i’m moody, disconnected (less likely to be engaged, basically a zombie) and I produce really crappy work or barely even get anything done at all.
8.) Have Fun!
Numbers do give a lot us insight into how your business(es) are performing, however, you shouldn’t get so caught up in it. As a result, you would probably put out what you think that people will like rather than the content that you actually enjoy. Your business moves would become more robotic instead of free-flowing and this stifles the creative process as well. Always remember why you’re doing this and why it makes you happy.