“You can’t move so fast that you try to change the mores faster than people can accept it. That doesn’t mean you do nothing, but it means that you do the things that need to be done according to priority.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
Many home-based businesses begin with a very specific goal in mind. The destination is firmly fixed in the minds of the entrepreneur. However that goal is rarely realized in an ‘overnight success’ fashion.
When an entrepreneur discovers this they can either give up or they might diversify to find a means of paying the bills. Most chose the latter option.
The difficulty comes when the original goal is sacrificed for the expediency of cash flow. It is normal for home-based businesses to diversify their offerings in order to derive an ongoing income. By shifting the focus away from the original vision the business will likely see a diminished capacity for ‘vision’ growth. The reason this is true is you will be pulled in so many different directions it will become almost impossibly to find the time to concentrate on fulfilling the original vision.
“Money isn’t the most important thing in life, but it’s reasonably close to oxygen on the ‘gotta have it’ scale.” – Zig Ziglar
Even in early home-based business startups it is important to dedicate a portion of every day to the development of your original dream. Yes, it is likely you will need to accept other opportunities that will help you weather the storms of the initial startup phase of your business venture.
Too often the dream is sacrificed on the altar of practicality. Practicality becomes the means of a making a living. Making a living is what you did before you started your home-based business.
“I learned that we can do anything, but we can’t do everything.. at least not at the same time. So think of your priorities not in terms of what activities you do, but when you do them. Timing is everything.” – Dan Millman
In the Rankin/Bass Christmas feature “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” we see the Winter Warlock learn that he could have a different future by placing one foot in front of the other. It is the same step-by-step action that results in the realization of a home-based business dream. Keep walking – change is coming.
“Cut your major goals into bite-sized pieces. Each small priority or requirement on the way to ultimate goal become a mini goal in itself.” Denis Waitley