The Chronicles of Narnia: Discover To Be Enslaved To Business Ownership Vision Instead of Details

In The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, Prince Caspian and his sea-fairing crew members, found themselves on an island where slave traders took control of the island and its Narnian inhabitants. It appeared that the communities could have fought back; however, they somehow chose not to fight back because fear had set in and it made them weak.

Maybe they just didn’t have ample means and were too weak to rise victorious if they were to retaliate. Obviously, the inhabitants were “enslaved” by the fear the slave traders created in them. Retaliation didn’t happen at first. Partly, because they were frightened that their loved ones would be taken away by the evil, green mist as a “sacrifice-of-sorts.”

Green mist or not, the Narnian community needed courage to envision that they could be free from the slavery and destructive influence of the traders. Although, having the Prince and others helping lead the way, envisioning the idea of freedom was needed to guide their actions, not fear!

My Challenge For You Today

My challenge for you today is to become a “slave,” enslaved, to your Vision instead of being in bondage with the details of your business. Being legally blind, I find dealing with the “details” of my business to be most challenging. Therefore, I strive daily to take responsibility for my attitude, adapting, and actions.

So, what are some steps that will help you become enslaved to a powerful Vision instead of being a slave to details with business ownership?

Possess a Positive and Constructive Attitude

One step to discover your vision for business ownership is to Possess a Positive and Constructive Attitude. Keep an open mind to legit opportunities that may present themselves to you. A positive attitude will help you become more decisive and open to change. Realize that in business it’s 95% about attitude and 5% about details and a negative attitude can have an adverse affect on your success as an Entrepreneur and business owner.

While striving to keep a positive attitude, you’ll discover that obstacles will stand in your way, trying to enslave you to “details” and placing you in the bondage of fear. And with fear, the vision will perish. And without a vision, freedom for your future will perish!

Taking Personal Responsibility

Another step to discover your vision for business ownership is to Take Personal Responsibility for your choices and actions. Since your life is a sum of your choices and actions (for me, divine intervention plays a part), you can’t wait for someone else to “take charge” of your life. You have to make that choice and I have to make that choice. My choice was made at age 7.

Knowing Your Passion and Why

Another step to discover your vision for business ownership is to Know What Your Passion IS As Well As Your Why. What are you really passionate about? What drives you to wake up every morning to do what you do? Finding that passion and knowing why you are passionate can help save you a great deal of heartache.

Most business owners know “what” they do and “how” they do it. Yet, seldom do they know “why” they do what they do. It’s easier to place in a vision statement that you “provide solutions for marketing by offering turn-key systems and training,” then it is to state WHY you provide solutions and training. Once you discover your passion and know why you’re passionate, you’ll find that your vision solidifies and the “details” take less of affect on your life.

Properly Develop Vision

Probably the most vital step discover your vision for business ownership is to have a Properly Developed Vision that…

  • Attracts People of the Same Mindset and Goals
  • Builds Respect and Loyalty for Cultivating Positive Relationships
  • Calculates the Risks Involved
  • Communicates Your WHY and Purpose
  • Defines What It Means To Become Successful
  • Emphasizes the Importance of Giving
  • Identifies Your Passion(s) Based on Your Gifts and Talents

Secret Discovered

I find that possessing a positive and constructive attitude is taking responsibility for my own decisions and actions because I know my WHY and I have developed a unique vision that’s right for me, my business, and for my life.

Business ownership and becoming an Entrepreneur doesn’t have to be a difficult decision, just a well-thought out, wise decision that’s been established by facts, due diligence, and integrity. Nonetheless, business ownership does need to be a decision that’s right for you.

My decision to become an Entrepreneur and vision is to Inspire Abundant Awareness so people can experience true freedom for their lives. Like the communities in The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, you don’t have to be afraid. Just make the choice!

Personal Empowerment: How Business Ownership Can Create Wealth And Personal Happiness

We all want personal fulfillment and empowerment, especially in these uncertain times. We want to be in control of our time, our jobs, and our earning potential. And, some of us know that working for someone else is simply a necessary means to an end. You go to work, you do a good job, you get paid for your productivity and efficiency and your value to the company, you bring home your paycheck and you get up the next day and do it all again. But, do you really feel a sense of personal empowerment and happiness? What are the odds that you are going to create “personal wealth” working for someone else? You are more likely contributing to someone else’s personal wealth!

Please keep reading if you would like to know more about personal empowerment and how business ownership can create wealth and personal happiness.

Americans as a whole, are very entrepreneurial people. Small businesses and small firms are the backbone of our economy, in good times and in bad. According to statistics by, office of Advocacy. small businesses:

  • Represent 99.7 percent of all employer firms.
  • Employ just over half of all private sector employees.
  • Pay 44 percent of total U.S. private payroll.
  • Have generated 64 percent of net new jobs over the past 15 years.
  • Create more than half of the non-farm private gross domestic product (GDP).
  • Hire 40 percent of high-tech workers (such as scientists, engineers, and computer programmers).
  • Are 52 percent home-based and 2 percent franchises.
  • Made up 97.3 percent of all identified exporters and produced 30.2 percent of the known export value in FY 2007.
  • Produce 13 times more patents per employee than large patenting firms; these patents are twice as likely as large firm patents to be among the one percent most cited.

Please note the astonishing statistic that 52% of small businesses are home-based!

With the above statistics in mind, I think it is safe to say that being a successful business owner and entrepreneur empowers you and can give you control over your financial future and your personal happiness. I also think it is safe to say, that, even if you are making a good living working for someone else, you probably aren’t going to “create wealth” while working for someone else.

People who own their own businesses express contentment, even when they own stressful businesses. The small business owner understands that he is working hard and enduring long hours because is working for himself. He and his family will be the direct beneficiaries of all that hard work. Many businesses are “family-owned and operated.” If you are working for someone else, can you pass your position on to your son or daughter? A family business is a legacy! And, even if you don’t pass your business down to your children or grandchildren, can you sell your current position when you decide to retire? A business is an asset. Your current job is just that: a job.

It has long been known that personal empowerment,and business ownership can create wealth and lead to personal happiness. I’m not saying that owning your own small business is easy, but, we all have to work, and most of us work pretty hard. So, what I AM saying is this: if it’s worth doing, it is worth doing for yourself!

You owe it to yourself to at least look into owning your own business: You’ve probably thought about it a million times. Give yourself the gift of personal empowerment and find out how business ownership can create wealth and personal happiness for you and your family.

Balancing Business Ownership

I am a Spiritual Life Coach and have my own coaching and training business. I was part of a Woman-Owned Business Networking Class last year at the local community college and was invited to the class this year to be a guest speaker. The college asked me to speak on “Balancing Business Ownership.”

I was very pleased to be asked to speak, because I love to talk about the importance of balance in our lives. However, there were so many things I wanted to share with the class and I only had about thirty minutes for the presentation.

So in preparation for the talk, I did what I always do when I need my thoughts to flow – I got quiet and still and listened to the voice within. I then went and exercised at the gym and only then did I sit down to write.

The following are the key principles that began to flow and what I shared with the class that night. They have served me well in all areas of my life, but are especially important and critical as you attempt to manage your own business. I trust that they may be useful on your journey.

1. Remember Your “Why”

It is so easy to forget our “why” when we are so busy with the “how” of the business. Your “why” is the reason you got into the business in the first place. Your “why” is your purpose, destiny, calling and cause. It is what excites and motivates you. It is what brings light and joy to your life.

In business ownership, however, you may not have others around you, like a boss, to remind you of the why of the business. So you have to continually remind yourself. You have to continually share and speak your “why” to others. Each time you share your why, it becomes more of a part of you and your consciousness.

In the weekly meetings at the community college, each business owner had to introduce themselves and their business. At times, this exercise seemed so repetitive and unnecessary. Why did we have to do this every time we met? But what happened over the course of our meeting together was that each business owner learned how to refine their message so that the essence and soul of their business was revealed. Having to share who we were each week helped us to really become our “why.”

In addition to being able to powerfully speak your “why”, you want to ensure that your “why” is on paper and is visible. This is especially true when things are tough and not flowing the way you expected. Post your why in as many places as necessary. Post it so you can see if often. They say that “seeing is believing”, so make sure you see yours daily.

In almost every business you enter today, you will see a vision and mission statement. If someone comes into your business, will they see your “why”?

Remembering your “why” and sharing your “why” may be one of the most important things you can do for yourself and your business.

A wonderful resource if you are reflecting on or want to refine your cause, calling and destiny is the book – Inspire by Lance Secretan.

2. Staying focused but yet having fun in the process

I am one of those people who initially resisted putting together a business plan. Okay, I admit it; I love spontaneity and am a free thinker. I thought a plan would box me in and limit me. In fact, it is just the opposite. A plan gives you a road map and a compass. A plan helps you know that you are moving in the direction you want to go.

I put the concept of a business plan in this section because having a business plan allows me to have fun in the process of business ownership. I can have more fun because I have a focus.

I can have fun because I am continually planning and revising my plan. Having even a basic plan supports me from getting overwhelmed and over my head.

And speaking of “head”, I have to add a comment here about “staying out of our heads.” Staying out of our head is about not second guessing ourselves. It is about not worrying about last week, the last customer or the last mistake. Staying out of our heads is about staying focused on the good things we are doing. Trust me, there are so many more good things that you are doing in the business than bad.

To support us in staying out of our heads, you must guard who we let into our “heads.” Be sure to surround yourself with positive, caring individuals who also believe in your dream and “why”. It takes so much energy to try to convince others of why you are following your dream. You expend so much energy and they still don’t get it. Keep this simple – find a circle of supporters that believe in you and will be there to remind you of how great you are.

These are the things that will help you stay focused and, most importantly, have fun in the process. If you find, that over an extended period of time, that you are not having fun, it is time to change something. When you stop having fun, you can no longer be as effective and as powerful.

3. Knowing when to say NO

I love talking about this principle, because it is the heart and soul of a happy and balanced life.

We will get to saying yes in the next principle, but the truth is that you will never get to yes, until you learn how to say no.

In business ownership, you must learn how to say no to clients. Not every client is your client. You are not going to be able to assist and help every individual that comes into your life. If you help everyone, there will be no one left for the other entrepreneurs.

Having a well thought out and identified “marketing niche” will serve you well in knowing who you should and should not serve.

As a life coach, I wanted to help everyone and was taking on anyone who needed anything. As you can imagine, my scope was too wide and I quickly became drained and exhausted. While I have lots of experience and expertise, I have particular interests, skills, and strengths. Once I learned to narrow down and identify my “niche”, I started to attract those individuals I could most serve.

Now, I am able to boldly say that I support individuals in “remembering who they are, having a balanced life, and living their divine purpose.”

Saying no is also about knowing when we have done enough for the day. If you work for someone else, there are specific hours and defined work for the most part. When you own your own business, you set the hours and the workload. Over time, you have to learn when you have had a good, productive day. It helps if you set some goals for that day. But even that is not the sole measure of when to stop for the day. Feeling exhausted and overwhelmed often comes when we have stayed too long on a project and are trying to force something to happen that is just not going to happen.

Listen to your body: it usually tells you when it is time to stop and return to your family and friends and seek your renewal.

4. Knowing how to take care of ourselves – Saying Yes to ourselves

Renewal is totally about knowing how to take care of ourselves. It is about saying YES to ourselves.

Knowing how to take care of ourselves is having a process in place where we, on a regular basis, do an internal check up on all of the areas of our lives.

One of the exercises I do with all of my coaching client is to have them complete “The Wheel of Life.” I ask them to look at the following areas of their lives and identify those areas that may require their attention. They reflect on and assess their emotional, physical, professional, life purpose, financial, intellectual, friendship and family, and love and intimacy.

Just like we take our car in for a check up and to check the alignment, tire pressures, and change the oil, we too need to regularly schedule maintenance on ourselves and our relationships.

What is it about us as humans, that we have to be in crisis mode before we make changes or do things differently in our lives.

It is not necessary to have a heart attack, or be on the verge of a divorce before we say yes to ourselves and to those things that are important to us.

We are only able to give what we have ourselves. If we are drained, depleted and running on empty, this will seriously impact our work. Ultimately, it will affect every area of our lives.

Building in regular reflection and exercise time is critical to developing and growing your business. Learning how to say yes to your needs is the greatest gift you can give to yourself and your business.

A wonderful resource/tool in this area is Just Enough by Laura Nash and Hoard Stevenson

5. Knowing when to ask for help

Attention all entrepreneurs – it is not a sign of weakness to ask for help. In fact, it is a sign of a healthy individual to know when they need help and to seek out resources and individuals when the need arises.

When you really know your strengths, you will know what you need to call forth to compliment those strengths.

Asking for help is a sign of strength and allows others to share their gifts and talents with you. Just look at nature and you will see how beautifully connected and interdependent all of life really is. We too were meant to be connected and supportive of each other in this same way.

I do admit that I had to learn how to ask for help and assistance. I thought that because I was in businesses for myself, that I was by myself. This is so far from the truth.

There are a host of resources, mentors and guides who are anxiously awaiting you call for assistance. There are individuals who have walked your path and have valuable lessons and experiences to share with you.

One of the first things I did, when I moved to my new home a year ago, was to get a Spiritual Director. How could I be a Spiritual Life Coach and not have one myself.

So, I invite you to be open to the support and fellowship that is all around you. You just have to open your arms and your mind and be willing to receive.

Working for yourself and having your own business is one of the most rewarding experiences of our adult life. How it plays out and whether it will be a rewarding and amazing experience, I believe, depends on: remembering your “why”; staying focused and having fun in the process; knowing when to say no; knowing how to take care of ourselves – saying yes to ourselves; and knowing when to ask for help.

Exploring Business Ownership – Maybe You’re a High Rolling Entrepreneur – Part 6 of 7

We’re wrapping up a series on evaluating whether the concept of business ownership is right for you. Most recently we’ve discussed how to assess your risk tolerance by analyzing the way you think. We’ve covered the 3 main ways to earn income, outlined the risks associated with employment and franchise ownership, and how each personality type typically thinks. If you didn’t identify with either of those, then maybe you’re an entrepreneur at heart.

Entrepreneurial Business Ownership

Entrepreneur think is:

How can I meet the needs of my customers by profitably solving the problems they have?

If you want to chart your own course, solve all your own problems, be captain of your own ship, be totally responsible for whatever success or failure comes, and chafe at the thought of working for someone else in return for less risk, then you probably have the entrepreneurial bug.

Risk Assessment

Being an independent business owner is a high risk proposition with a high probability of first time failure.

Why high risk? Because you will most likely pledge every asset, such as home equity, savings, 401(k), etc., that you have to finance startup or purchase of the business. If your venture fails, you may very well lose everything you’ve spent or offered as collateral. (This is also true for franchise owners.)

Why a high probability for failure? Because first time entrepreneurs have such a clear vision of what they want to do and how to do it; they think they know everything! I have several colleagues who generally refuse to work with first time entrepreneurs because (in their words) “they think they know more than I do and helpful suggestions that I make are either ignored or become implementation battles.” Truer words were never spoken.

If your risk temperament is right in line with the type of person I’m describing and you want to go forward, then how can you improve your chances of success? Buck the trend by getting lots of experienced advice and counsel from those who have gone before! Be willing to listen to those who have graduated from the school of hard knocks and learn from their mistakes to avoid making them all again yourself, because you simply don’t have either the time or the money to survive the experience of learning it all firsthand.

We’ll wrap up this series in part 7 by outlining why businesses generally succeed or fail, and I’ll suggest some more reading resources and offer some advice on how to navigate a path to success.