Do you occasionally recall the time when you first decided you would start a business of your own? Remember how excited you felt and how anxious you were to share your ideas, your vision, your grand plan?! And then you shared your enthusiasm with your best friend, a sibling, or maybe your mom!Do you occasionally recall the time when you first decided you would start a business of your own? Remember how excited you felt and how anxious you were to share your ideas, your vision, your grand plan?! And then you shared your enthusiasm with your best friend, a sibling, or maybe your mom!
How’d that turn out?

Having been there, I think I know your answer.

Your best friend gave you a slight smile, asked a few questions and gave you a half-hearted “sounds like an interesting concept” as she changed the subject. Your sibling shrugged, grimaced slightly and wished you well. Your mom patted your shoulder, perhaps asked about your job (the one paying the bills, you know?) and asked if you’d like something to eat. Moms are like that…

No fireworks and balloons celebrating your brilliance! And that was your first venture into building your own business.

Now, several years and failed explorations into the world of the entrepreneur, you work alone, quietly pursuing your dream job – your VISION. Your intent is to finally make everything work (read that “make it big – as in big bucks actually in your bank account, not just your dreams”).

But you’ll be damned if you’re going to share that vision with anyone. You are proud, smart, determined, and you BELIEVE in YOURSELF. The fact that the people you love the most don’t demonstrate that they believe in you was hurtful. And you’re not going to be hurt by that lack of confidence in you again.

We empathize. It’s taken much longer than planned or expected, but we finally got to that point where we knew we had fulfilled our goal. That was when we could finally reveal our success instead of only sharing our dream. It was magical indeed!Even family and friends will rain on your parade. You learned that lesson the first time you shared, so never again. Sometimes that’s the lesson.

Okay, so what is the point of this, you ask? There are several points we want to cover…

• As we said above, even family and friends will rain on your parade. So, get out your umbrella to shield yourself from doubt or negativity and remember our motto: If it never rains, you’ll never grow!
o One of the most critical elements of success is having confidence. It is critical that you have believe your actions will result in the success of your vision. If you don’t believe in that positive outcome, you can’t have confidence and will lack control of your destiny.
• And you WILL grow! You will explore new paths, have exciting new ideas and your vision will be fulfilled. You may hear tales of the overnight victory or the amazing concept that resulted in explosive success. That is not the norm, so stop comparing yourself to those examples!
o When you are optimistic about your abilities and your progress your expectations will motivate you further. The added benefit of optimism is that it leads to better health, both physical and mental.
• When you grow and your vision is nourished, amazing things happen. This is a time when you allow yourself to explore how your vision can be developed.
o Viewing your plans as a path which branches taking off on different routes allows you to expand your goals and mentally build beyond the confines of your original concepts. Ask us sometime how Biz Brand Studio grew into eight separate concepts for courses, coaching and live events.
• To continue to grow personally and professionally, you need to be a life-time learner. Not only does it help your business, but it is stimulating and results in a nimble mind with creative ideas even in the later years of your life. Yes! Lorna actually lives it and Kristen confirms it!
o The combination of discovery and learning energizes and results in a positive state of mind. These traits bring improved attitude, an enthusiasm for life and helps you perform better under pressure.

The lessons we experience as entrepreneurs are to grow, learn, explore, create, and illuminate your vision and it will happen. Then your friends and family can dance with you – stomping and splashing in the rain puddles as you all celebrate your thrilling success!