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Most successful people share the same handful of things in common:

They demonstrate focus, resilience, determination, market knowledge, and a clear strategy.

But entrepreneurs in service based sectors in particular, I have noticed that the most successful people have this 1 habit in common:

They have a clear Vision & Mission

And here’s why:

Your vision is a vivid picture of what you want your business to achieve in the future. It’s a statement that inspires and guides you towards a specific goal. A defined vision gives you direction and purpose, guiding your choices and actions towards your goals.

To craft your vision, start by reflecting on your core values and the change you wish to see in the world. Ask yourself:

  • What does success look like for my business in 5, 10, or 20 years?
  • How will my business benefit my community or industry?
  • What legacy do I want to leave through my entrepreneurial endeavours?
  • Your vision will be ambitious yet attainable, motivating you and your team to strive for excellence while staying true to your core values.

Crafting Your Mission Statement

While your vision outlines where you want to go, your mission defines how you will get there. It’s a concise declaration of your business’s purpose and the methods you will use to achieve your vision. Your mission statement should reflect your values, highlight the unique aspects of your service, and articulate the positive change you aim to bring to your community.

When creating your mission statement, remember to take into account the following factors:

  • Purpose: What is the fundamental reason for your business’s existence?
  • Values: What principles guide your business practices and interactions with stakeholders?
  • Impact: How does your business contribute to the well-being of your clients and community?

A strong mission statement not only outlines your business objectives but also showcases your dedication to making a positive impact. It serves as a motivational tool for both you and your team, fostering a sense of shared purpose and direction.

Aligning Decisions with Vision and Mission

Once you clearly define your vision and mission, they become powerful tools for decision-making. Every business decision, from daily operations to long-term strategies, should align with your vision and mission. This alignment helps you stay true to your values and goals, which leads to a more focused and unified approach to growing your business.

Defining your vision and mission is not a one-time task but an ongoing process of reflection and refinement.

Next time, we will delve into the second crucial step for entrepreneurial success: Developing a Strategic Plan.

For a longer read on Visions, click here.

ShelleyBridgman