Schedule “you” time and “dream” time this holiday season

Holiday vacation is right around the corner, and that means that my birthday just passed! It was December 2, and can I tell you, I had a blast, BUT I didn’t take enough time out to do things for me that day, and two weeks later, I’m still striving to make time to get a pedicure—something I do for myself just once or twice a year.

You see, I’m realizing that I need to schedule more “me” time into my calendar to be renewed and to fill my cup so that I can serve others from my overflow. For me, that means bike riding, making fresh tea, getting my nails done, full-blown dance sessions in the house, and watching the cooking channel occasionally among other things that make me feel refreshed. I’m guessing you might be able to use some more “me” time too.  I’m making a commitment to making more “me” time happen during the holiday season when things slow down a bit, and I’m hoping you make the same commitment. Why not go into 2018 feeling rested and relaxed? 

Alternatively, if you’re feeling behind when it comes to laying the foundation for any dreams you might have—whether it’s a course you’ve fallen behind on, a business plan you have yet to complete, or a project you’ve been procrastinating on, make some “dream” time happen for yourself during this holiday break as well. I created my business plan, concept paper, budget, and goals for one of my businesses during one holiday season, simply by being strategic with my time.

While you’re in the mode of serving others and reflecting on the reason for the season, go ahead and schedule in some “you” time and some “dream” time if either or both of those things are important to you. For some of my readers, this holiday break presents a rare opportunity to have a true break, which makes it even more important to maximize this time to feel refreshed after the break has ended. 

Whatever you decide to do with your time this season be intentional, be encouraged, be blessed, and be renewed. I’m sending many blessings your way this holiday season and beyond.

And remember, I believe in you!
If this post was helpful in any way, as always, definitely comment below or email me at daphne@daphnevalcin.com to let me know, and feel free to forward to family or friends who might benefit.

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What one accomplishment would make your 2017 amazing?

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I can remember walking with an open laptop on my college campus as an undergrad, getting some last minute studying done right before an exam. A gentleman, who I believe was a professor, walked by me and told me, “If you don’t know it by now, you just won’t know it.” He then kept walking past me. He must have seen the intensity in my eyes and knew my test was right around the corner. But you know what? I kept studying, and I’m pretty sure I did well on that exam. I’m an awesome test taker, but I’m often the person who has my study book and notes out until the teacher or proctor says to put it away.  It’s because of my core belief that every moment counts–a belief I still apply to life and business. And when it comes to your 2017, there’s still time to end this year with a bang. 

One of my clients inspired this post. She has health, financial, and other goals that she’s determined to meet before the end of 2017, and she’s on track to achieve themInstead of already delivering your final conclusions on 2017 already, why not do something you can really be proud of before December 31 comes. 

I want you to do me a big favor. Please think of at least 1 goal that is realistic for you to accomplish over the next few weeks that would make you feel absolutely amazing about closing out 2017. Whether it’s about your physical health, self-care, finances, relationship, friendship, professional development, or something else, I want you to zoom in on that 1 goal. Then, I want you to think about the top 3 things you must do in order to make that goal happen. Then, create a timeline for implementation, schedule any associated action steps in your calendar, and make it happen!

If you really want to make your 2017 amazing, you definitely can, so hop to it 🙂 Be encouraged, and continue to be equipped for the greatness that is coming your way.

And remember, I believe in you!

If this post was helpful in any way, as always, definitely comment below or email me at daphne@daphnevalcin.com to let me know, and feel free to forward to family or friends who might benefit.

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The Greatest Benefits of Coworking for Entrepreneurs

 Check out this post by guest blogger and content marketer, Catherine Park.

The Greatest Benefits of Coworking for Entrepreneurs

As an entrepreneur, you’ll find that one of your greatest challenges comes in the form of motivation or lack thereof. When working from home, a lot of the time it can be quite frustrating to try to stay motivated. That is why coworking has become such a popular alternative today. Coworking spaces are work areas where you can go regularly to sit down and work in the company of like-minded people. Through coworking, you are creating an office-like environment without the huge overhead costs of renting an actual office. Coworking spaces are becoming quite common around the world.

One important fact that’s worth noting is coworking is not for everyone. Some people are more comfortable working from home and are self-motivated enough to be productive. With that in mind, this post is going to assume that you’re not one of those people, so let’s look at some of the advantages of coworking.

It Keeps Home and Work Separate

There is no real accountability when working from home. Sure, you have clients who set deadlines for the work that you produce for them, but that’s it. It’s just too easy to get distracted – television, the fridge, even all of those family-related chores can present a constant problem. The ability to separate home and work is important for most of us because it allows us to be more productive in both environments. Coworking gives you the ability to get out of the house and get some much-needed fresh air.

Coworking Boosts your Effectiveness

Research has been performed by numerous individuals and organizations, and they all support the fact that coworking boosts productivity. It promotes a shift in energy and mindset, creating an environment where you can be more productive. According to the research, interactions with other like-minded people can lead to a natural sense of accountability. You can also accomplish having a shift in energy, mindset, and productivity by renting an office space, but the overhead is extremely high. Coworking spaces are much more budget-friendly so that it can boost your effectiveness in more ways than one.

Be Inspired by Like-Minded People

Working alone can quickly cause you to become isolated. Isolation dramatically affects your mood. The idea is to surround yourself with other people, and more importantly, to surround yourself with like-minded people, even when you’re working for yourself. Coworking can inspire you in ways that are simply not possible when working alone.

Build and Grow your Network

Coworking spaces are a great place to make connections that are relevant to your business. Even as you might be collaborating with a virtual team to run your business, with coworking, suppliers, business partners, and potential clients might be sharing the space with you, providing wonderful networking opportunities. Furthermore, connections that you make in networking spaces tend to be of a much higher quality that those you might meet online.

Forces You to Take your Business Seriously

As you probably know, working from home doesn’t mean that you get to work in your jammies – contrary to what many “work from home” programs might teach you. If you want to be successful, then you have to find ways to separate home from work. For some of us, forcing that separation is necessary. Coworking is one of the absolute best ways to do that. It can likely automatically boost your productivity because it signals to your mind that it’s time to work.

 

 

Article written by guest blogger, Catherine Park

Catherine Park is a content marketer presently working with Back Office Pro, a Business process outsourcing company. A writer by day and a reader by night, she loves working in the ever-changing world of digital marketing and is fascinated by the role content plays in today’s marketing. You can find her on Twitter here

When The Unexpected Happens… Encouragement To Keep On Going

I want to send encouragement your way, today. Over the past few weeks, I’ve spoken to a number of clients, friends, and colleagues that have had some heartbreaking things happen, negative health surprises come up, family issues arise, and more.  Some people are truly going through tough times, and if not you, maybe you know of your colleague or friend who might be experiencing some frustrating times. If this is you or someone you know, I wanted to send love, support, and encouragement your way.

During college, I was a mentor to many students. I was part of maybe 30 to 40 organizations total while I was there, and to continue mentoring, I started a massive Facebook group with my mentees soon after college. At one point, when I couldn’t sustain posting frequently to the group, I let my mentees know I was closing the group down. One of my mentees asked me what was the best and most powerful advice I could give as I was closing out the group. I said, “Always have your shield on. Be equipped with whatever spiritual strength, peace, strategies, heart, or whatever you need to battle against the problems that you don’t know will come in the future.”  I knew even then, in my early 20’s, that life would have some big challenges. Now at 33, I see that advice was so right to give. That mentee years later had a near-fatal scooter accident and lost most of his memory. He now has regained his memory, works in law as corporate counsel for a huge company, is married, and is doing well. I had my share of heartbreaks, frustrations, and challenging seasons too over the years, and I can remember crying profusely one day years ago. I was so confused as to where God wanted me after my employer had been fired and everyone was fired in my office except for me, who had 6 months to find another position. In the past, I thought I would be working at that job for years. Within the next one and a half years afterward, I had met the man who would be my husband, moved to another state, enrolled in life coaching certification, and started Daphne Valcin Coaching. God had a plan.

For some on this list, you may be dealing with other intense issues–I have had friends who had friends or family pass away this past week. One of my friends texted me this past week and said, “I just found out today that the company I work for is shutting down tomorrow.” Another friend didn’t get a job he really, really wanted and had been trying to look for another job for years now. These are all examples of truly difficult challenges, and while I made calls, had conversations, and sent encouragement to each of these friends, the common theme that each understood was, “This season too shall pass.” My friends each processed their challenges in a way where they thought through, “What is God showing me through this?” “What’s next?” “How can I find peace in the midst of this situation?” 

I am not a licensed therapist, but I can tell you in my life experience that I think it’s healthy for you to think of some of those questions my friends asked themselves above as you experience challenges. Do take time to process what you’re experiencing and take time to grieve a situation, person, job, or anything else that might have you feeling loss or sadness. Then, determine, “What is God showing me through this? What’s next? How can I find peace in the midst of this situation,” and remember what I wrote about when it comes to having your shield. “How can I be equipped with whatever spiritual strength, peace, strategies, heart, or whatever I need to battle against the problems that I don’t know will come in the future, especially if I know challenges in certain areas of my life impact me greatly.”

Some very practical things you can do now to be prepared for whatever challenges come your way and to have peace in the midst of challenges to come:

1) Fill your mind and spirit with content that brings you peace 

Whether it’s audio, T.V. shows, books, conferences or seminars that focus on spiritual strength, peace, personal development, coping skills, or perseverance, immerse yourself in content regularly that feeds your mind and spirit, even if you do this quarterly within the year. This way, you shift your internal dialogue and are equipped to bounce back and be a strong support to others.

2) Pray/meditate daily

An article that I read cited that five research-based results of prayer are increased trust; self-control improvement; increased kindness; increased forgiveness; and decreased effects of stress. Take time to connect with your internal thoughts, a higher power, positive possibilities, and gratefulness daily.

3) Process your thoughts or deep feelings that might be keeping you down

Whether you choose to seek therapy, or find that journaling your thoughts helps you to process them, or become part of a support circle associated with a challenge or common interests, do seek a platform or multiple platforms where you can process your thoughts, be encouraged, and feel equipped to move forward.

I felt this post was just what some of you needed me to write this week, and so I truly hope it’s helpful as you continue to walk through your respective journeys. Be encouraged, and continue to be equipped for the greatness that is coming your way.

And remember, I believe in you!

If this post was helpful in any way, as always, definitely comment below or email me at daphne@daphnevalcin.com to let me know, and feel free to share with family or friends who might benefit.

 

 

 

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The power of relationship when it comes to your dreams

A few days ago, I spoke to almost 600 individuals through two keynote speeches in one dayYes, in one day, with baby Jasmine and her nanny tagging along, I did a keynote speech in the morning to kick off a PSAT Day at my high school alma mater, and in the evening, I did the keynote speech for Miami Dade College’s Convocation for first-year students (Miami Dade College has the largest undergraduate college enrollment of any college in the country)!

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As a speaker, I have to admit that earlier in my speaking career, I was lost as to how to gain traction as a professional speaker. I had my virtual assistant looking up over 100 prospective organizations for me to reach out to about my speaking topics and background as a speaker, but what I realized later was that many of the opportunities I sought as a speaker were in reach if I looked first within my own network.

I realized that there were people who loved me, cared about me, and respected me, who wanted to support my business or believed that I had a wonderful message to share with their audiences. They were merely waiting for me to reach out to ask for the opportunity. Some were waiting for me to put out there on my social media or in conversation what I was doing, why I was doing it, and what my vision was.

And once I started to realize the value of the relationships I already had and put my aspirations into the atmosphere, my peers and colleagues began to reach out to me to extend opportunities to do amazing things, like those keynote speeches I referenced earlier. Both came as a result of calls initiated from colleagues who I had known for 15 or more years. One said, “I keep telling everyone about you and I’m not even sure you want all of these opportunities.” I said, “Oh no. Please do keep sharing!”

If you are where I was, and you have a dream, but you feel stuck as to how to spread it or grow it, I want you to consider doing one or more of these three things that might be helpful for you on your journey:
1) Look through your phone contacts–all of them,
 and think about who you might call to ask for advice about how to move forward. Then text or message them to initiate a phone conversation or give them a call.
2) Look through your LinkedIn and research who might be helpful in helping you to pursue your dreams, and then contact them to initiate a phone conversation.
3) If you’re ready right now to move forward with pursuing your dream and need a specific resource or opportunity and you trust that someone in your circle can provide it, you may want to post about your desire to accomplish a specific vision on social media or on a private email list with colleagues, and see who might be able to support your vision.

Whatever you choose to do, I pray your personal and professional relationships can contribute to the success of your journey. I’ve learned through experience that there are truly 6 degrees of separation in this world, so chances are that either you know someone who might be able to help you with your vision, or someone you know might know someone else who can support you on your journey.

Do consider utilizing your circle to attain your dreams.

And remember, I believe in you!

 
If this post was helpful in any way, as always, definitely comment below, or email me at daphne@daphnevalcin.com to let me know, and feel free to forward to family or friends who might benefit.

Can you really handle success? Three tips to manage the success that’s coming your way.

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First of all, I’m going to tell you the answer is YES. You definitely can handle success. So many people are afraid to do so much, because they’re afraid of what might be on the other side, even if it’s success. Some of us are afraid to graduate from high school or from college. We’re afraid to date the right man or woman.  We’re afraid to get married. We’re afraid to start a job in a higher role than we’ve been in. We’re afraid to make too much money. We’re afraid to move to where we know would be great for us.  We’re afraid to save money. We’re afraid to buy a home. And the list goes on and on. But, can I tell you something. It’s okay to be afraid, but it’s important that you know that you can handle the success that’s on the other side of taking action towards walking in your purpose.

These past few weeks, I have had the blessing of speaking with business coaching clients who are almost overwhelmed with how many increased leads, sales, and profits they are making. We’re working on how they can manage that better. I’ve had the joy of supporting leadership coaching clients who now have friendships galore blossoming from their ability to more walk in their confidence and coaching clients who are also balancing blossoming romantic relationships along with their other endeavors as a result of their taking a chance on love. I actually closed the most sales I have ever closed in the history of my business last month. Great things are happening all around, but I definitely realized something in helping others manage their success and having to manage my own success.

I realized that being able to handle success means being as prepared as possible for it before it comes. 

Though this means different things to different people based on what your idea of success is, there are a few things that are pretty consistent across the board that you can do to do your part to be ready for the awesomeness that might be getting ready to come your way. 

 

1) Time Management

Are you managing your personal time or business time in a way that makes room for when success comes your way? Whether success to you means a relationship, or exercising regularly, or having increased prospects in your business, does your current schedule allow for space for future endeavors that are meaningful to you to be prioritized? If not, adjust your schedule, utilize time management tools, release what’s not an effective use of your time, and integrate more of what helps you move towards being successful.

 

2) Personal and Professional Development

When you get the increase in pay or the new house or the new relationship or the increased clientele, will you know what to do? Will you know how to manage your success? When I was in high school, I was speaking to bankers about understanding investing. When I was in college, I requested information about franchises I might start (though I may have had $5 in my savings account). In college, I printed out a large number of pages about credit management before I had a credit card. I was trying to get prepared for what my future vision might hold. If you’re trying to start a family or have an amazing family, you should be taking steps to grow as a parent, wife, or husband, for example. Lay the foundation right now for what you know can be your reality. Why wait?

 

3) Perspective

Are you a pessimist? In my opinion, that’s not going to help very much in your personal, professional, or entrepreneurial life. And there’s a difference between being a realist or a pessimist. To prepare for success, once you’re in it, you have to learn how to keep success going. That means you have to have vision, hope, and I would say, even faith, to keep pushing you forward. If you got to medical school and decided once you got there that you weren’t medical school material, can you imagine how that might negatively impact your ability to study through the night? If you got married and, all of a sudden, decided that this marriage was just not going to work no matter what you did, can you imagine how that might impact your marriage journey. So again, vision, hope, and faith, I believe, might be essential on the way to success and once you reach the success you’ve been hoping for. 

So do yourself a big favor. Since we already agree you’re going to be able to handle any success that comes your way, do your part to continue to prepare to receive it. You got this!

And remember, I believe in you!

If this post was helpful in any way, as always, definitely comment below or email me at daphne@daphnevalcin.com to let me know, and feel free to forward to family or friends who might benefit.

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Three reasons to get focused in the midst of distractions

If you are like me, then these past few weeks have been a bit trying. There is so much going on in our society and also in our personal or professional lives that seem to demand our attention. And quite frankly, when it comes to what’s happening in our country, it is my belief that you have the right to stay informed or take action to advocate for what’s right. In situations where personal or professional challenges are demanding our attention, it’s also important to work towards resolving those challenges. Though, where I believe we should all work to make a shift, is ensuring that we are walking in our purpose and prioritizing those things that are most meaningful to us in this season in our lives, even in the midst of everything else going on.

I want you to know that when you want your vision bad enough, or if your “why” for your vision is big enough, then you have to stay focused.

Here are three reasons to get focused even in the midst of distractions:

1) Your legacy depends on it

Whether you hope to leave a legacy at work; or you have children and hope for them to someday admire your story; or you simply want to ensure that when you’re gone, that the dash was awesome (as in 1965 – ___ ), you should be consistently working on determining what your legacy will be, ensuring that you are living life on purpose.

A possible solution: Create a list of the top 5 – 10 distractions that are pulling you away from your legacy and purpose and then create a second list with strategies to limit each distraction on your first list. For example, if hours of social media are preventing you from being able to invest in building your career, entrepreneurial idea, or financial strategies to pay off debt to leave a legacy for your children, then you might need to put a cap on daily social media intake.

 

2) Your distractions are possibly impacting your mindset

Research continues to show that social media and who we allow in our circles impact who we are and how we are. Ask yourself the questions: “Who do I want to be?” “How do I want to be?” “Who am I?” If who or what you’re dedicating your time to isn’t matching up with the answers to those questions, then you need to adjust. Your mindset is critical to your success and peace.

If your mindset is negatively being affected by people, places, thoughts, or actions, that could be the reason why you’re not thriving as much as you’d like to spiritually, emotionally, relationally, or professionally.

Some possible solutions: List your vision for who you want to be spiritually, financially, relationally, and character-wise in short bullet points somewhere that’s visible to you. Daily, refer to that vision in the morning and evening.

Additionally, at the beginning of the day, in prayer or through stating affirmations out loud, vocalize what you hope to exude that day. Write that down. At the end of the day, review what you wrote down, and check your intentions for the day with what you actually gave your time and attention to. If they don’t line up, chances are, your way of being and environment may not be in alignment with who you aspire to be. If that’s the case, determine one action you need to take to get in alignment for the next day, write that down, and use the next day to work on that action. Little by little, daily, you would end up taking one significant action to work towards making sure your life is in alignment with your vision of who you are and who you aspire to be.

 

3) Time is precious

We all have a limited time on this earth. And every moment is precious. I keep being reminded of the fragility of life whether that be for our own lives or the lives of those around us. You can spend your time fighting for a cause you believe in if that’s what you feel you should be doing, or focusing greatly on your family, or reading novels that excite you, or serving in communities that need you the most, or binge-watching movies that make your heart flutter, or in starting your own business, or in personal development. Your options are endless. And, the truth is, you do have a choice in deciding where you choose to spend your time. You have to be honest with yourself in determining what the best use of your time is for what you want out of life. The important thing is to remember it is your choice and to not allow things to take your attention that you feel are not worth your time or energy. 

A possible solution: Take some time and develop a list of your top 5 priorities for how you spend time in different areas of your life like social life; time at work; family; personal development; relationship; friendships; health, etc. Be sure that however you’re spending time daily aligns with what you would feel most proud of in the future. For one person, the ability to take naps, meditate, and watch a movie after work is essential and meaningful. For another person, working on a book and business while making one call to a loved one during that same after-work time-frame might be most meaningful. Be clear on what making good use of time and living your life like it’s golden means to you.

 

I am hoping that some of the strategies above resonate with you and that you’re able to implement at least one thing that will help you to stay focused on your vision and goals even in the midst of distractions.

Feel free to comment below or email me at daphne@daphnevalcin.com and let me know if this was helpful, and of course, feel free to forward to any family or friends who you think this might be useful for. As always, I believe in you!

 

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Video: Sometimes you just have to keep pushing

Every one of us has challenges that we work through on a daily basis, and in my experience, hearing that we’re not alone in the challenges we face on our personal, professional, or entrepreneurial journeys can truly be a blessing.

So I want you to hear it from me. You’re not alone. So many people are experiencing challenges, though in the midst of those challenges, there are also many people dynamically pushing through each and every one of them. And you certainly can too. I want you to know that when you want your vision bad enough, you have to keep pushing. Especially if that vision has something to do with your peace or joy, in the end, it’s totally worth the work you have to put in regularly to ensure you attain that vision.

Check out this video that’s less than 20 minutes long that features a bit of my testimony of being resilient in the face of challenges on the way to becoming a successful entrepreneur. It was actually a Facebook Live that has over 500 views, so I hope you find it as helpful as those who have already watched it.

In the video, I also give practical advice and encouragement when it comes to ensuring that you continue to keep pushing despite the challenges you might face now or in the future.

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Let your failures spark your shift to success

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I understand what it looks like to fail in business.  When I started my business, thinking clients would come easily, I was making less than $100 per month–yep, less than $100 every single month for my first few months in business. I invested thousands of dollars into my life coaching certification and countless hours learning about what it took to start a coaching business. During that time, there were days when I questioned my decision to start this business. I felt like I had failed. 

And I made a decision, that this would not be my reality. I let my failure spark a shift to my success. I started to immerse myself into at least 10 – 15 hours a week of sales and marketing webinars, teleclasses, and videos, taking ample time to read articles and other content about how to grow my business. And here I am, almost 3 years later, working 20 – 25 hours a week with a respectable salary as a leadership and business coach. I had to make a shift in my mindset, strategy, and vision to be successful, and here are some nuggets about how you might be able to do the same when failure strikes in the midst of your goals.

1) Shift your mindset 

One of the toughest challenges our generation faces is their perspective that many people live perfect lives and have had a super easy street when it comes to professional or career success. A shift in mindset when it comes to failure might be you embracing that it’s a natural part of the process of life to fail and push past failure into success territory. The truth is, the most successful people have mastered the art of bouncing back from failure. How do you do that? There are many ways, but to name two:

  • Affirmations: Daily, declare out loud who you are, what you are committed to, and who you will be in the future. Research shows this impacts our mind’s approach to both opportunities and obstacles.
  • Work on your “bounce back” strategy: Start to be more conscious of how long you stay “down” after you’re hit with a challenging situation or thought. You may even want to document somewhere how long you tend to stay down, so that you can see if you might be giving hours or even days away to worry. Replace those thoughts with ideas, strategies, and affirmations. Can you imagine if you had a creative idea or strategy for every hour you wasted worrying or feeling frustrated about a situation….There would be endless possibilities!

2) Shift your strategy 

When I found that I was making under $100 a month working over 40 hours a week as a new entrepreneur, with sometimes 5 amazing consultations per day in a row on average, I knew something was wrong, so I immediately went about working to fix it! I now make a pretty good living as a leadership and business coach after using that failure to spark a shift in my strategy. I could have placed my failures at the forefront and spent my days being down on myself, doing nothing at all, or figuring out how I was going to transition from something that “just didn’t work.” Instead, I got to work. I took advantage of a number of resources including some I mentioned in a previous blog post.  If you’re an entrepreneur, maybe you need to rethink what business model works best for your business, maybe you’re targeting the wrong market, or maybe it’s that your pricing strategy needs to be re-evaluated. When in the midst of failure,

  1. Take ample time to stop and reflect on what is happening,
  2. Determine what very specific obstacles are preventing you from being successful,
  3. Identify solutions for each one of those obstacles, and
  4. Research resources that will allow you to address each obstacle.

An essential part of my own shift included hiring an amazing business coach that could both help me analyze my challenges, determine the best resources for me, and provide me with the accountability I needed to aggressively move forward, but do what works for you. The most important thing is to take action to shift your strategy versus continuing to move forward in a way that is detrimental to you and your endeavors.

3) Shift your vision 

Some people might have you believe that shifting your long-term vision makes you a failure. It doesn’t make you a failure; it makes you strategic. In fact, it makes you a creative. It shows your ability to be flexible, and one of my greatest mentors told me that flexibility is a true mark of great leadership. Are you sticking to your current path because you’re afraid of what others might think if you change direction? Are you maintaining your current focus because you feel that you’ve already put too much time and too many resources into what you’re currently doing? Think about this: What could you be missing out on by not shifting into a new vision? What are the possibilities of what could happen if you’re able to successfully shift into your new vision? And, even if you fail at your new vision, would you be more proud that you tried or more disappointed that you failed at it? A number of renowned business leaders had a different vision for their businesses that they failed in before they were successful. Walt Disney was fired as an editor and decided to shift into a new vision that now earns $30 billion annually. After Bill Gates invested thousands of dollars into Traf-O-Data, a company he started in the 1970’s, his company brought in $20,000 – $30,000 a year. In May of 1979, his company sent letters to its clients saying that they were suspending business. Many would call this a failure, but it was an important part of his journey to now becoming the most wealthy person in the world with a net worth of $77.5 billion. My belief is that in order to effectively shift your vision, you should:

  1. Truly put your 100 percent into your current endeavor before shifting if you feel as if what you’re doing now is what you are meant to be doing.
  2. Do massive research, gain expertise, and conduct your own primary research by talking to a number of stakeholders at varying levels of business (including talking to your prospective target market) about your new vision before you shift.
  3. Take some time to be sure that you’re ready to make the shift.
  4. Place your 100 percent into your new vision if you decide to shift.

 

I hope these tips and strategies help you to realize the importance of allowing your failure to spark your shift into success! Again, the most successful people have learned how to strategically make the shift and do that over and over again when necessary throughout their lives. And we all can and should do the same.

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