Misty Morning
The first step to getting anything done, whether it’s cooking a meal or building a business is to have a goal, a clear finishing point. Before you can set a goal, though, you need to get clear on the ‘why’.

Figuring this out involves deep thinking and (and sometimes not thinking at all). It’s not a linear process, it’s not static and it’s not easy.

I’m pretty good at figuring out what I don’t want. These last few months freelancing have reminded me of that (yep, I still hate working for someone else or in an organization!) It’s also relatively easy for me to figure out what my yearly goals are for my business. Beyond that…not so easy.

Besides financial security, one of the other comforts a traditional day-job offers is structure, a clear path forward. ‘In two years I want to make director/senior manager or whatever. When you have a small business, once you get past the point of just surviving you have to have a clear vision for the long haul. Do you want to grow? how much? sell your business? work more? work less? hire people? how many? stay on your own?  What’s the end game?

I’m trying to figure out where I want to be in five years. The possibilities seem limitless and it is hard to pick a path forward. There are multiple and competing voices in my head. My strategy for this? I’m not trying to figure it out. For these ‘meta’ type questions I don’t believe there is a step-by-step process or a formula. I’m just going to do a bit of running, some gardening, some reading and hopefully the fog will clear on it’s own.

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