I want to talk to you a little bit about your business and the memory you have of why you started it in the first place. As you are looking back, how would you answer these questions:
- What was the initial thought?
- What was the initial dream?
- What was the initial hope?
- What did you envision your future to be, both personally and professionally, when you started your business?
- Where did you see yourself being 5, 10, 15, 20 years down the road with the business?
- And, have you lost touch with those thoughts, those ideas that you had at the beginning?
Today I want to ask you to go back to that original thought or idea and revisit the enthusiasm, passion, and conviction that you had to start and build your business, to make a difference in the world, to provide a great solution or product for your customers or for the world at large.
Sit down and ask yourself these questions: What was I thinking at the beginning? Why did I start this company? What was my original purpose?
And then ask yourself, do we still have the same purpose or has that changed and evolved? If it has, have I changed and evolved with it? Is my business taking me to where I really want to go or are there some things that I need to change in order to get to where I want to go from where I started.
So it’s really about looking back and learning today. We do this with our clients all the time. We have them look back, learn and celebrate those things that they’ve done to get to where they’re at. There’s so much to be learned about beginning a venture or company and starting it from scratch, but sometimes the ingenuity and the thinking around that can be lost when we grow.
Go back into that mindset or that first thought, that first day, that first year in your company, and think about all of the creativity, energy and the passion you had. Now, relive that and put it back into your company today.
It’s all about your mindset, your thinking.
That creative thing that started what you built. Think about your first year, your first step, your first sale, your first transaction. You need to bring that back into focus today because that brings freshness not only to you, but now you have a team, you have customers and you have this business. It needs a shot of energy and you’re like, man, I can’t seem to get motivated, I can’t seem to get excited about what we’re doing. Well, go back and remember what excited you at the beginning. What was it that triggered the idea that you were going to be an entrepreneur, that you were going to have this great adventure, build a great company and make a difference in your life for you, your family and your friends. Go back and put that hat on again.
My challenge for you it to take 30 minutes and go back to Day One and remember what that was like and how it felt. Learn from what that has taught you and then reengage in the same enthusiasm and passion that you had for this company when you started it. Then, report back to us how this will change you from this point forward. How did this new thinking to go back to the beginning, to that passion, change the way you’re looking at your future now?
It should be a much bigger future! There’s a bigger future out there because there’s bigger problems and pain and things to be created for a much better result for your clients and your customers with this kind of thinking.
So first day, first thought, first action, first excitement — go back and relive those things. Share those with your team, with your leaders, with your employees. People love to hear the story of how you started.
I would love for you to send me a video or an email of how you started your company too. Where did the idea come from? Why did you do it? And what was that like at the beginning? We’d love to hear from you and learn your story. We’re at www.confidencecoach.org. We hope you share this with somebody that has started a business but maybe they’ve forgotten why they started it. Let’s celebrate today being entrepreneurs, business owners, and people that are risk takers that are going to make a difference in the world!! But let’s not forget that first day — that first thought. Make it a great day.