- How often do you sit down and imagine all the ‘what ifs’ of this world?
- What if you could achieve this or that, or live your life in a certain way?
Some people have the uncanny ability to live the lives of their dreams, while for others, it remains nothing more than wishful thinking, specifically when it comes to turning your passion into a dream business. After all, it is hard to align your thoughts between the traditionally laborious image of work, and the freedom and flexibility that comes with owning your own lifestyle business.
I have been there myself, stuck in the rat race and dreaming about my own business where I could work when inspiration strikes and have more time to pursue my passions. In the beginning, I was fascinated by people who have made it happen and I wanted that too. But I have to be honest, there was a small inner voice that whispered, “Do you really think you can do it?”
Instead of making me give up on my dream, it only spurred me on more.
From somewhere deep inside came the quiet confidence to do what I needed to do. Now not everyone will look at my life and think it’s a dream life, but that’s okay – we all have different dreams and ambitions, and as long as your dreams are fulfilled, that’s all that matters.
Would you like to turn your passion into a lifestyle business? I’m going to show you how.
- Be Vigilant for Opportunities
When you set an intention, the Universe conspires to make it happen, but you have to be vigilant for opportunities. Many people miss opportunities because they expect them to be announced with a big sign and a red bow.
The real important, life changing opportunities come when we least expect them, and are often veiled as challenges.
“Don’t wait for extraordinary opportunities. Seize common occasions and make them great. Weak men wait for opportunities; strong men make them.” – Orison Swett Marden
- Choose the Right Crowd
One of the reasons why some people fail to make their dreams come true is because they want to hog the limelight. However, when you look at the very nature of life, you will see that teamwork is the central theme to everything. Seeds need rain, oxygen, and sunshine to thrive. A delightful meal requires a variety of ingredients, energy, and a talented chef to prepare it.
Suffice to say that in life, you need to surround yourself with the right people if you want to succeed. Choose people who help you dream, people who inspire you, people who make you want to be the best person you can be. These are the people who will lead you to the opportunities you need, and they will be instrumental in opening the right doors for you.
- Build a Solid Foundation
A business which is based on your passion, should reflect your personality, so it pays to get to know yourself and really understand your motivations.
- Be Unwavering in the Face of Challenges
When the inevitable challenges come along, you need to stand strong knowing that it is simply an opportunity to grow some aspect of your mindset or skill-set in order to equip you for success.
“Difficulties mastered are opportunities won.” – Winston Churchill
- Be YOU
It’s so easy to get caught up in emulating other successful people on your path to turning your passion into a successful business. In fact, many experts recommend that you do just that. However, when you emulate others, it is easy to lose sight of your own gifts and to dilute your unique “flavor.”
I’d like to encourage you to move to the beat of your own drum and rock it like only you can!
- Recycle Perceptions
When we talk about ourselves, we are telling people what to think about us. The way in which you express your values can have a powerful effect on not only how others perceive you, but also on what they are saying about you.
Express your values through your mission statement and through the way in which you deliver service. People will take you at face value and when you come up in conversation, they will echo what you want your company to be perceived as and that feedback will remind you of the awesomeness that is you.
- Keep Growing
As you move from one project or life stage to the next, reflect on what the previous experience has taught you and find ways to implement that lesson in the present. Don’t ever be trapped by the illusion that you know everything there is to know, because that is when you will stagnate.
“There is no end to education. It is not that you read a book, pass an examination, and finish with education. The whole of life, from the moment you are born to the moment you die, is a process of learning.” – Jiddu Krishnamurti
When you are curious and eager to learn, you will stay young and you will continue to grow in wisdom.
Final Thought On Your Lifestyle Business
When you reflect back on the dreams you had as a teenager, or even ten years ago, you will probably be shocked at how much you have changed as a person. Dreams change and goals change. For that reason, you should make sure that when you spend time developing a business, it is something that you are truly passionate about, something that you want to do for the foreseeable future.
Wishing you all the best as you build your dream lifestyle business.