After the conference last week, and in anticipation of a vision board session in the next week, I started thinking about my business and my life. I posted earlier in the week about my lack of documentation regarding the direction of my business or even the processes I follow during the course of any given day.
This documentation project is a little larger. I am looking at a blank poster board and wondering how I wish to shape my future. I sold a large portion of my business a few years ago and my life has been somewhat on hold and extremely nomadic ever since. All of that is about to change in the next year and it’s time to sit down and map a direction for it. I live every aspect of my life with the knowledge that, “It will all work out. It always does.” A friend has a note on her refrigerator that says, “It will all work out in the end. If it isn’t worked out, it’s not the end.” Same concept. I believe this with every ounce of my being, but that doesn’t mean I am willing to put my life in the hands of the universe without some direction from me.
I received a call from a former client who dropped off in the middle of a project about two years ago. They are ready to resume. They need help and have no idea where to start. I told them what I tell everyone, “Begin with the end in mind.” How should the end result look? Picture it, draw it, define it. How can we develop a plan to get there, if we don’t know where “there” is?
Over the next twelve to eighteen months, there will be a flurry of activity. I’m not concerned about what needs to get done or how it will get done. I already know that it will happen. The big lingering question mark over my head is what will life and business look like after the activity dies down? I can feel myself anxiously awaiting that day, but what will that day bring? How can I steer it to look like my vision?
Well, first I have to have that vision.
Some of the things I really want include: speaking, writing, teaching, and traveling. The past two months have brought some really interesting opportunities. Some I will focus efforts on, others I will allow to grow organically.
It occurred to me that as I work with clients, I am helping them achieve their goals, but not working toward my goals at all. Why? Because I forgot to make them!
So, I sit staring at this blank poster board and I wonder what picture I will paint next week, knowing full well that it will not be JUST a picture, but a road map to the next two years of my life and the life of my business.