5 Ways To Accelerate Your Entrepreneurial Vision Into a Reality!

by Chris C. Ducker · 22 comments

Entrepreneurial Vision

Have you ever thought to yourself that your business is not progressing the way you had hoped, that you are trying everything you can possibly think of and yet you still find yourself disappointed with the speed of the outcome. Have you considered that there may be things that you’re doing or not doing, unintentionally or subconsciously, that could in fact be slowing you down? Here are 5 potential reasons why you may not be doing as well as you’d hoped, and how you can speed up your progress as an entrepreneur.

1. You Are Not Outsourcing

Are you trying to do everything yourself simply because you can? It’s great that you can do everything, but that doesn’t mean to say that you should be doing everything. There are only so many hours in a day that you are available to work on your ideas, your projects and your business. We would all like more time, and we can all get it, by investing in other people’s time to get our jobs done. The quicker you can finish what you started, the quicker you can start generating an income from it.

2. You Are Not Giving Yourself A Break

Serial entrepreneurs, especially start-ups, are renowned for working ‘every waking hour,’ and while to many of us who love what we do, we don’t mind putting all these hours in to nurture our ideas, it’s a simple fact that eventually, if you don’t take a break – you will burn out, and if you do burn out, things could grind to a halt. Look after yourself, so that you can look after your business and keep the ball consistently rolling. Underneath the surface we are all built the same, (unless you are one of Stan Lee’s “super humans” of course) and we all need to give our minds and our bodies time to recharge so our own performance doesn’t suffer and slow us down

3. You Are Working Harder Rather Than Smarter

Many entrepreneurs, when they are going through the learning curve, tend to take the scenic route – we all need to learn from trial and error, and that’s often what makes us such experts at what we do, however we also need to find a way to limit the potential impact from the duration of this learning curve. I had a revelation after reading “The 4 Hour Work Week” by Tim Ferriss – “eliminate” and “automate”, what a simple yet outstanding concept, but once you have done this and outsourced whatever you can, you then need to “prioritise”, for example, if you’re a start-up, you may want to begin investing your time and energy only into things that will bring in a profit as quickly as possible. Whatever is your primary goal, prioritise the things that are going to get you there the fastest. Your “to do” list will seem far less overwhelming this way.

4. You Have The “Protection” Mindset

Collaboration is not just for teams, or for people working together. If you are in the mindset that you have created something wonderful and unique, yet you are desperately trying to protect your idea from the competition, and you are trying to build an empire all on your own, you could be “trying” forever. You need to network and collaborate, and in many cases working directly with your competition is the best way to accelerate your growth, as they already have the audience you need and there could be a way that you can work together for mutually beneficial gains. Switching to the “abundance” mindset, will likely accelerate your growth.

5. You Are Not Taking Big Enough Risks

It’s virtually impossible to get where you want to be as an entrepreneur, with any kind of speed, without taking a few risks and stepping outside of your comfort zone. If you’re always going to do the same thing, then you will most likely always get the same results. Look at your business honestly and objectively, study your return on investment, and if something just isn’t working for you, no matter how many experts say it should, “scrap it” and do something new and infinitely more exciting that what you were doing. Raise your game, change your strategy, and you will eventually succeed!

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Ella April 21, 2011 at 23:00

Another great post indeed. I am guilty of #5. I have an automatic switch that usually turns on my anxiety every time I have to make a huge decision for business and I always end up going for a safer route. Lately I have realized that the more I give in to fear, the longer I will stay at the bottom.

I am still a work in progress but I have good faith in my mentor, my support group and most esp in me that soon I will be bolder and stronger in overcoming this. =)

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Michelle Dale, Virtual Miss Friday April 22, 2011 at 06:07

Hi Ella!

Thank you so much for the comment, number 5 is a tough one, but as you might know the thought of failing without ever trying scares me more then never trying, so I go in the deep end with both feet these days – but I always keep my armbands close by ;-)

M.

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Martha Christie April 21, 2011 at 23:07

Hi Michelle

This is a great article – It’s all about adapting to change. Some entrepreneur’s think that being an entrepreneur is all about doing it yourself and that no one else can do it like you however, thinking like that will only lead to a burnout and inevitably loss of that all important profit.

I wrote an article over on my own blog (sorry for the plug) about adapting to change. This is very important if you wish your business to succeed.

You need to remember that if you can outsource the little (time consuming) tasks, then it leaves you more time to bring in more business and expand!

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Michelle Dale, Virtual Miss Friday April 22, 2011 at 06:11

Thanks Martha! Letting go of tasks is a challenge, especially for entrepreneurs, who really care so much about their business, and want everything done exactly how they do it. In some cases, I have found that the VA can actually do a better job on certain things than a client can, it just takes a little while to get to that point where the client let’s go enough so the VA can get on with it :-)

Letting go a little can have some amazing results, I read your article, it was excellent :)

M.

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Tracy Baker April 21, 2011 at 23:57

Fab article Michelle :-)

The two that resounded with me most and I have seen other Entrepreneurs fall foul of is not taking a break, for some reason they feel they are invincible and that taking a break is a weakness, when in fact they would be far more productive by having a rest periodically, and not taking the risks …. life is far too short not to lol.

Thanks for sharing

Tracy

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Michelle Dale, Virtual Miss Friday April 22, 2011 at 06:15

Cheers Tracy, I have been totally guilty this week of not taking a break! I have to remind myself to take my own advice sometimes. But I most definitely will be easing my foot off the accelerator next week for a breather.

One of the perks of living a virtual business lifestyle! :-)

I totally agree – life is far too short, thanks for the comment!

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Thomas (thom) Leonard April 22, 2011 at 00:59

Must say that your article resonates with me as well. Number 1, 2, 3, 5 are a piece of the puzzle. Number 4 is my big sticking point, as I have had ideas stolen from me more than once and just recently, it is not a good feeling. Not sure if signing a nondisclosure agreement would work other than give me some legal recourse. That is assuming you are willing to go to the expense and hassle of a legal fight. I am not in favor of that as the only ones that win are the attorneys.
My answer is to pick your collaborators carefully.

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Michelle Dale, Virtual Miss Friday April 22, 2011 at 06:23

Thomas, I can totally relate to your experience, believe me I have had my fair share of problems with number 4, but I have always found that the benefits of not being too over protective outweigh problems, and in the end, from my own perspective, abundance is the way to go for profitable growth.

You most definitely should have an NDA with anyone working with you who has direct access to your master plans, it shows you have boundaries, but you make a valid point, very few people enforce them because of the legal expenditure.

On a final note, you have hit the nail on the head – pick your collaborators carefully, I have a “circle of trust” now when it comes to business, not sure if you have ever seen “The Fockers” but all will be revealed in the film :-)

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Jay April 22, 2011 at 04:06

A lot of great suggestions here. I’m still working on #1 and there’s such a mixed amount of information out there.

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Michelle Dale, Virtual Miss Friday April 22, 2011 at 06:29

Hi Jay, ahhh yes, to outsource or not to outsource, this is the question. I think this links in directly with number 5. You will have to take a few risks and try a few things before you will be able to find out for yourself how number 1 is going to work out for you.

If you have never “VA’d” before or hired service providers, then it’s really not too expensive to start getting out there and testing the waters, there is generally no obligation, or commitment and you may have to try a few before you find the right match, but once you do, trust me, it will all be worth it :)

Thanks for the comment Jay!

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Salvatore Greco April 22, 2011 at 04:55

Killer post C.D.

Huge point with not taking enough risks… I am still early in my entrepreneurial stage… I have money invested in a web site, and also working on a sweet passive income product launch…

Either way, what keeps resonating in my mind is something I heard from a very successful friend…”If you want it all… You HAVE to be willing to loose it ALL”.

That is so true, and as entrepreneurs we have to live with that. If you put your all into something, and it does not pan out the way you want to, that is all part of the game. Keep your head up, and know that the only thing that actually CAN stop you is yourself…

Surfs up,

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Michelle Dale, Virtual Miss Friday April 22, 2011 at 06:37

Hi Salvatore,

Wow what an amazing quote, your friend is truly right, without question. At the end of the day, as new entrepreneurs we are all venturing into the unknown, we read, we learn, we listen to stories and interviews, and we hope one day that we can replicate the kind of results we are seeing from other successful people. But if we spend our whole time reading, learning, listening and not taking any action we’ll end up dreaming forever…

That’s great advice, ‘the only thing stopping you, is you…’ I am now following surfer lifestyle design with interest ;)

M.

P.S. You need to enable your feedburner feed to accept email subscriptions :)

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Adam Stanecki April 22, 2011 at 07:41

Chris,

I think you hit on the two biggest limitations right there: not having an abundance minset and not taking big enough risks. Time and again I see people who have great ideas but don’t get there because they limit their own reality.

Thank you for another great post.

Cheers, Adam.

PS the beer is on me when you make it to Melbourne.

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Michelle Dale, Virtual Miss Friday April 25, 2011 at 02:43

Glad you liked the post Adam!

Michelle

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William April 24, 2011 at 03:40

Hey Michelle,

You really with all out with this article. ( :
I have to say that I totally agree with you here on every point. I think you saved the best for last, because people must not be afraid to step outside their comfort zone. That is the only way you can continue to make progress on the journey to your destination. If your afraid to take risks then that will always be a barrier holding you back from your full potiential. In order for you to learn everything you can mistakes have to be made. If you never make any mistakes how can you learn. You would have to already know everything to never make any mistakes. The thing is that mistakes are what take you too success if you never back down, but instead stand tall and fight them out.

God bless,
William Veasley

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Michelle Dale, Virtual Miss Friday April 25, 2011 at 02:37

Hey William,

Brilliant advice there, really pleased you liked the article. For many years I was a “Play It Safe” kind of person, which basically always left me in a stand still, it is I think because I was afraid about what might happen if I made a mistake or failed, but if I do, then I know exactly what not to do next time round – that kind of knowledge is priceless!

If we make a mistake, the best thing to do is get back on the horse and keep going ;)

Thanks so much for the comment!

Michelle

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Mike Stankavich April 24, 2011 at 16:55

Michelle, great article. Your points are right on. I particularly agree with #4. The world is full of good ideas. It’s execution that matters. There are very few ideas that really have enough value in a raw undeveloped state to need protection. And once they are developed, then you are the first one in the game.

I’m still struggling with #1 and #3. Sometimes it’s hard to let go and find the right people to do the job rather than to try to do it all myself. And good systems and procedures are a must. But then you know that 

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Michelle Dale, Virtual Miss Friday April 25, 2011 at 02:42

Thanks Mike! You are bang on with the ideas, and I have learnt that it’s better to just get things out there and test the waters, people will soon know if you are the authentic one behind the idea or not.

I do appreciate how hard letting go is, trust me, been there, done it and bought the t-shirt. There are never any guarantees, but the systems and the procedures are a must for limiting issues indeed!

Thanks so much for the comment Mike, appreciate it.

Michelle

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Carl Taylor April 25, 2011 at 21:58

Hey Michelle:

Great article, I must admit like many others here, number 4 sits close to my heart (having made millions for other people and never for myself), which usually means I never get to number 5! Additionally in the handful of times when I do get number 4 right, number 5 comes back to bite me! However I am working on it.

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Michelle Dale, Virtual Miss Friday May 1, 2011 at 04:26

Thanks Carl! Being employed just didn’t work out for me, because I was always so annoyed with working as hard as I do, and never really seeing any of the rewards for it. I very much sympathise with you…

Keep at it, you sound like a trooper ;)

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HP van Duuren May 2, 2011 at 19:00

Thanks for your post,

Since I wrote a tiny little ebook about Vision myself, and recently also wrote a post about an interesting book with also an interesting outlook on – Vision – this post caught my attention. For what (Nr.2) Giving yourself a break is concerned, from an interesting book titled: “The Lazy Way to Success” (that I (pre) sell on several of my blogs) I learned all about the value of Relaxing and Recharging. Infact most of the greatest ideas come to me when I am totally relaxed. Also the author – of the other book (the one with the interesting outlook on Vision) – sees a great value for example in Meditation.

It goes without saying that when Working Smarter you will be able to have more Control over your time, something that the 4 Hourwork week talks about. Being able to have more Control over your own time (with building a Home Business through Affiliate Marketing) is actually something that I blog about on my Home Business Lifestyle Blog. Something that eventually will give your more time to be able to develope the Lifestyle you desire.

For what outsourcing is concerned the closest things to ‘Outsourcing’ that I currently do
is offering an opportunity for people – to participate in the conversation – (I now actually have a ‘Recent Comments Widget’ for it already :)) and from that ‘Pool’ of commenters I hope to discover
possible Gem Stones for Guest Posting.

All the Best,
To your Happy – Home Business – Inspiration,
HP

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Michelle Dale May 3, 2011 at 15:46

Hi HP,

That’s a very interesting comment thank you – and a very interesting point about your comments widget, that it certainly something that would get people commenting on your blog!

Thanks so much for the tips and resources :)

Michelle

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