Small Business Articles from Make-it-Fly®
the Power of the Real You
Five Steps to Know
By Victoria Munro
true success, we need to discover—really know—who
we are at our core. Having a clear understanding
of who we are, what matters most to us, and what we
want to accomplish in life releases tremendous energy.
It inspires confidence and ignites within us a sense
of purpose. It gives meaning to even trivial tasks.
Yet, in our demanding lives as business
owners, we seldom take time to step back and reflect
on such things. Because I believe that
it will result in a much more joyful and productive
you, I suggest you plan now—mark it on
your calendar—to take a little time away to look
at your big picture. Think about what
success means to you and where you ultimately want
to take your life. The following steps will help.
Step One - Acknowledge Your Strengths,
Natural Talents and Special Skills
Be aware of what you do really well.
Continually develop and draw on your strengths. Working
out of your strengths stirs up creativity and innovation,
better equipping you to solve problems and avoid pitfalls.
comes easily and naturally to me? What do I do really
do I look forward to each day?
do I stand out from others in my field? Make a list.
do I do that makes the business successful?
back over my life to date, what are my five or six
most significant achievements?
Get another point of view. Ask those
who know you well to tell you how they would answer
these questions for you. Find out what they most admire
Step Two - Admit Your Weaknesses
Be aware of your limitations but,
instead of trying to fix them, major
on your strengths. Build a team around you that
will complement your weak areas and allow you to focus
on what you do best.
do I find distasteful and/or difficult? Make a list.
do I tend to procrastinate about?
weaknesses have others commented on that I feel
Step Three - Know What You Stand
your core values—those non-negotiables that
are truly important to you. Commit to live your life
in alignment with these and do what you believe to be
right, even when others may misunderstand or disagree.
Knowing what we value provides us with clear guidelines
for choices and actions.
actions can I take to better honor what I claim
Step Four - Pursue Your Purpose
Before you can pursue it, you need
to find your purpose. It’s
likely linked to your strengths and your values.
At some level, we all want to do something meaningful
that will make a difference in the world. Think about
what you do or have done in the past that you were passionate
about. What stirs, excites or motivates you?
Talk about your purpose. Stir
up your passion. Share it with friends, family,
colleagues and anyone who’ll listen. Passion is
contagious. It inspires confidence in others and rallies
them to your cause.
is it that I just have to do?
did I enjoy doing as a child?
have I done in the past or do now that I’m
passionate about? What stirs, excites or motivates
money weren’t an issue, how would I spend
back at the end of my life, what will I regret not
Step Five - Write Your Personal
A personal vision statement brings
clarity to everyday life. It acts as a compass to guide
you through the seas of life. It helps you make decisions
in line with where you want to go in life and set goals
and take actions to get there.
What do you want your vision of the
future to look like? Write out or record your description.
Use your imagination. Employ all your senses. Bring
in emotion—describe how you will feel. When complete,
distill it into one or two sentences. Post it where
you’ll see it often.
Review your personal vision statement often. Since
circumstances can change, you may want to adjust it.
Surround yourself with people who believe in your vision.
Knowing yourself, being true to the real you
and pursuing your purpose—your mission in life—will
release renewed energy and
set you on an exhilarating and fulfilling journey to
achieve your dream.
About the Author: Victoria Munro is
co-founder (along with husband Dave Block) of Make-it-Fly®
LLC, a company dedicated to creating success for
small-business owners through creatively designed programs
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