“At the end of our lives, we all ask… Did I Live? Did I Love? Did I Matter?”– Brendon Burchard
What questions should you ask yourself when you need to restore your energy to continue building your business even if it feels you have nothing left to give?
What personal reflections will help you break the negative thought cycle that so often seems to limit our success?
As an entrepreneur, how can you ensure that you are building a life and business that will matter to you and actually be fulfilling?
I’ll tell you. But first, Fam, let me be honest.
Building a business is going to take all that you have and more. If you’re just starting out, I wish you the greatest success on your own journey to revenue. And if you’re looking for vision board ideas to add to your vision board checklist, you definitely came to the right place. I hope you will see this blog as a resource to help you build your entrepreneur lifestyle. My wife and I have worked to overcome wonderful challenges together in our business ourselves while working to create net positive cash flows in our new marketing agency in time to not exhaust our savings, so we can absolutely relate to your journey.
As Phil Knight, founder of Nike would call it, we’re in “The Float.”
I’m writing this because I feel that honesty on social media from many gurus when it comes to the actual work that goes into building a business has been in short supply.
I hope our story can one day inspire someone to reach for their greatest selves and most fulfilling lives through business in spite of everything that might seem to pull them in the opposite direction.
I have worked harder than I EVER have before in the past month, but I wouldn’t have it ANY other way.
Because I choose my schedule, and no one tells me WHAT I need to do, WHEN I need to do it, or WHERE I need to do it.
My chief daily directive is singular…
Get. Shit. Done. ✅
I get to see my kids grow up a little more every day, and fall in love with their sweet interruptions. So trivial in their substance to many adults, yet so deeply inspiring to me as a dad. To be able to say I can read a book with my daughter whenever she fancies it, or to say I can have a lightsaber battle in the middle of the living room after lunch with my son, is fulfillment at its truest.
To celebrate their every moment as we also build the foundation that will be their lives’ leaping point in the future, is a rare and beautiful thing.
And that is just one of the Vision Board items I reflect on whenever I start to feel self-doubt, or laziness, or frustration, or irritation start to get the better of me.
Because as business owners, we NEED to be able to self-regulate our emotions when necessary.
Sometimes we just don’t feel the energy to get things done. But if we stop our business will inevitably falter.
So that brings me back to my question.
How do you restore your energy to continue building your business even if it feels you have nothing left to give?
Start, by answering these questions.
- Why are you doing it? Remove the money from the equation, because when it matters, you’ll quit.
- What kind of life do you hope to achieve with your efforts? Describe it in the most vivid and inspiring of detail. Because the better you imagine it, the better you will be able to borrow energy from it when it most counts.
- What kind of life do you aim to nurture for those closest and dearest to you?
- How, and by whom, do you intend to be remembered when you die?
- What do you want your life to look like by the end of this year?
Next, start a gratitude habit with these questions.
- What is 1 important step forward that you took for your business/personal growth today? If you haven’t taken one yet, then here’s your reminder to do it now! It’s important to celebrate the small wins no matter what because they will give you strength to glide through the downturns and build momentum as they stack each day. John Henry Styles, another young entrepreneur I admire, calls this stacking wins.
- What are 5 things you are grateful for right now? It doesn’t matter how trivial they are, do this practice daily every time you sit on the toilet, and you will feel like you’re really sitting on a throne. Gratitude is a powerful medicine for many woes.
- What is the silver lining lesson I can be grateful for in my last failure? Failure is the sharpest, but often greatest teacher. Be humble before it and learn because nobody’s perfect, but we can sure as hell try.
Areas of your life to consider when answering these Vision Board Ideas:
- Professional Life
- Family & Friend Relationships
- Business Relationships
- Health & Fitness
- Personal Growth
- Belongings you would like to have.
The first step in any business, is to figure out what it is you love to do and figure out if the entrepreneurial lifestyle is for you anyway. For more on that, check out my other post here.
But the next step, is to create this Vision foundation, or as I call it, your Dream Compass. Because if you don’t know where you’re going, how can you know if you’re there?
The entrepreneurial lifestyle can truly be the most fulfilling of all if you do it right. And my dream is to help as many people as I can achieve this for themselves and those around them that they love.
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And let’s connect on instagram @danielmurphybuilds! I love meeting new people who are as passionate about business as I am! I hope to see you there.