My brother started working for a tile company when he was 19 years old. The company told him that he had to sell a certain amount of tile within a month to keep his job. He sold the required amount in one week! Ten years later he was managing all of the tile stores in 5 states in the northwest United States. This advancement had come at a price however. He was overweight, had high blood pressure, had been taking Valium for several years and could not relax and his wife was threatening to divorce him. His dream was to be a millionaire by the time he was 30. At that time, his doctor told him, if he didn’t change his lifestyle, he wouldn’t live to be 30. When I asked him what he was going to do with the million dollars once he got it, he said, “I don’t know!”
Six months later my brother quit his job and moved to Arizona not having a job to go to. He has lived there now for 30 years. He hasn’t made half the money he made back then on a yearly basis. He wears cowboy boots, drives a truck and is very happy.
What my brother discovered was that it wasn’t about the million dollars. It was what the million dollars represented. To him it represented an acknowledgement of his self worth. Beyond that it would give him happiness. So the question to my brother became…what makes you happy? To him it was a feeling of independence, acknowledgement of his values and having fun helping others. He realized he didn’t need the million dollars to have all that.
This story is an example of what happens to a lot of entrepreneurs. They believe they can’t be everything they can be, their true self, completely happy, until they reach their ultimate vision for their company. They believe they have to struggle until they reach their goal and then magically they will be happy. You can’t be struggling and be miserable along the way and then when you reach the revenue goals suddenly “shazam” you are happy. You are either happy or you aren’t. Nothing outside of you will make you happy beyond a fleeting moment. The question to ask yourself is what kind of person will I be when I reach my vision? Is that person different from who I am now? I know that the business I will create will be different in the future from what it is now, but will I? If you think about the things that future business will give you that you don’t have now, those are things that come from inside of you and don’t cost anything…like peace, fun, and all the values you hold dear. If all the things that you will receive by creating your ultimate company vision do not cost anything, why wait until the future to have them? Why not now? By looking at what you want on the inside now you will start to create the business from the inside out instead of the outside in. All of the things you hold dear will manifest out of you into your business. So instead of waiting for the future to be happy, you will experience it now and along the way to your ultimate vision. Since everyday will not be a struggle you will reach your vision faster. So be the person you want to be in your vision. Ask yourself,– Why not now?