Our work lives can be pret­ty hec­tic at times.  We have all been there.  It is very easy to let our­selves get caught up in the day to day tasks and nev­er step back to take a look at the big­ger pic­ture. While day to day oper­a­tions are very impor­tant, this is only a piece of the puz­zle.  Instead of work­ing in the busi­ness every day, like most busi­ness own­ers, there has to be time to work on the business.

Put sim­ply, a busi­ness is a tool.  It is a tool that is sup­posed to help the own­er live a pros­per­ous life.  How­ev­er, too often the busi­ness own­ers end up work­ing for the busi­ness instead of the busi­ness work­ing for them.  This is when you need to take a step back, define where you want to be based on your inten­tion, and then devel­op action plans in your busi­ness to help you get there.

An inten­tion is unique to each per­son. The idea is that this is some­thing that you are pas­sion­ate about and cre­ates hap­pi­ness in your life. Write it down. Post it some­where vis­i­ble so you can stay focused. If it doesn’t excite you, then it is not your inten­tion. You have to be com­mit­ted to achiev­ing it.  Some peo­ple want to build the busi­ness so that they can pro­vide a com­fort­able life for their fam­i­ly. Oth­ers want to be able to not work as much, but instead trav­el and explore the world.  Oth­ers want to give back to the com­mu­ni­ty.  What­ev­er your inten­tion, this needs to be the under­ly­ing focus of every action you take and deci­sion you make.

You can then begin to ask your­self, what do I real­ly need to do with the busi­ness to achieve my inten­tion?  Do I have a team that can help me build the busi­ness to where I need it to be?  What cash flows will the busi­ness need?  If I take these actions, will it ulti­mate­ly help me achieve my inten­tion, or is it just a distraction?

As you stay focused on what real­ly mat­ters in your busi­ness, your inten­tion becomes real.  You start liv­ing life in pros­per­i­ty.  What is hold­ing you back from tak­ing the first step to a pros­per­ous life?