Or why do I want to have a business?
Making a decision to have a business is so much more than just making a living or finding a way to make a living.
It is so much more than a way to avoid having a job in the corporate world.
It is a way to make an impact.
It is a way to help or support people in a way you love.
It is a way to create an avenue to allow abundance to flow to you and of course, that includes money.
It is about having a say in what you want to do professionally and exercise that right.
It is about that part that you love so much, your why.
For example, for me, it is a way to have an impact.
It is a way to be a channel for the Universe.
It is a way to help people and LOVE seeing the results.
It is a way to have A LOT of fun!
It is a way to partner with the Universe, communicate with it and share its wisdom with my clients and be in the presence of that life being improved, of that impact!
You are inspired the business you have or want to have because you’ll love it, you’ll have a lot of fun with it and there’s more people that will benefit from it.
It’s a win-win situation for everyone! There’s no favours or no convincing, there’s only matching vibrations that will attract and benefit from each other!
Let’s understand, the goal is not only to create a business and be successful. The goal includes enjoying the process of creation, letting creativity flow through you and following it to have the most amazing experience in our business that will be a reflection of us, of who we are, and what we are about. In our own way.
There are few reasons, that I have seen, why people choose to become and entrepreneur instead of following the path of the corporate world.
One of the reasons is autonomy, which includes flexibility. As an entrepreneur you most likely want to be your own boss, you want to have a say on what your goals are and you want to have a say on your hours, and your deadlines. Usually a work-life balance is a key desire when opening a business.
However, it is important that we sit down and make decisions about what we want in our business. For example, do you want to work full time or do you want it part time? Do you want to hire people or do you want to do it all yourself? If you hire people, what soft and hard skills do you want on them, including your type of relationship with them?
It may not seem that important but if you don’t define what you want in your business, you’ll be creating a business that will look very much like your experiences in the corporate world. That could be a good thing. However, it’s not always the case.
Our beliefs about our professional life are there and will kick in if we don’t make brand new decisions and focus on them to allow them into our experience. If your belief is that hard work is mandatory and having a life is not possible when starting a business, well, then that will be your experience unless you make a different conscious choice. At the end, we are creating our business. Let’s dare to create it exactly as we want it, right?
And then of course, set the goals that most people focus on, what kind of income do you want? Projects? Marketing? And so on…
You may not need guidance on these types of goals but, I invite you to make your choices but to make them including your intuition as you make the decisions. Make sure they feel good when you set them. Make inspired decisions instead of the old I-have-to-prove-my-success-with-my-goals kind of decisions.
Another reason why people opt for entrepreneurship is purpose. We spoke about it at the beginning of this blog and it’s true. Purpose is a big driving force for many people in the opening of the business. It is also a big driving force as you grow in your business.
Let’s face it, there will be some times that will make us scratch our head. Hopefully not too hard. But if it hits us in a bad time or in a strong way, continuing with our business can be a consideration. Remembering our purpose can be the clarifying information we may need in those moments. The fuel that will just bring us to the other side of the stress or even, the energy that will help us decide that it is time to close.
Another reason I’ve seen people get into starting a business is financial success. This is a big one. It sometimes is considered as the purpose, the why of the business.
We spoke about it at the beginning as well. It’s not that it is a bad idea to make money your purpose. It’s just that passion may be a longer lasting and more of a driving force than safety and security. Please, don’t get me wrong, I do love money and want to make tons of it. That’s not up for discussion. What I am saying is where are you going to put your focus on when you think about your business?
Now that I actually said the words “I love money”, are you able to say that as well? Money has many taboos and negative charges, if you are using money as your purpose, you better be ok with loving money.
If your purpose is money alone, the way you chose to get it, what you provide with your business, is it fun? Is it at least enjoyable? Do you look forward to it? It can be hard to keep going if those answers are a no or muted. If the only “reward” is receiving money, it can be difficult not only to continue with your business but to actually make the money you want to make.
Again, I am not against money. I am no trying to convince you to be a charity (although you can if you want). All I am saying is look for more reasons than money to start/have your business. For sure the intention is to make money, but let’s spice it up with a reason that will make you put money as an awesome consequence and not as a reason alone.
Lastly, a very important reason I’ve seen people start or have a business is to prove to themselves, although it seems like they are trying to prove others, that they are worthy.
The perceived lack of worth can have many reasons. For some of us, it can be “blamed” on the fact that I am a woman. Sometimes, a role, like motherhood or other female roles can take a toll on our worth. Maybe being an immigrant makes us feel like we need to work harder than others to prove we are worthy of our new home country or to compensate that we don’t speak the language perfectly or our skin color is different and so on….
We usually don’t use those specific words but, when we believe we need to earn what we want, or we need to “pay our dues”, or whatever phrase you may use to justify hardship and struggle just means there’s a part of you that believes you are not worthy, otherwise no earning would be necessary.
What do I mean by hardship or struggle? In the world we live in, we have grown to be insensitive to how we feel. Furthermore, we have learned to ignore ourselves and just “push through” or “work hard” or “suck it up and keep going” in order to achieve what we want. These kinds of experiences are worth earning practices that don’t always deliver the results we want.
What if we are already worthy and deserving and all we are meant to do is to allow our desires to come to reality? For sure we’ll take action and participate in the creation of our business but the Universe does play a part in it and we participate in the plan the Universe has for us, instead of “taking control” of everything and pretend to make it all happen on our own.
It is a completely different outlook of life.
What is the most common dynamic? Struggle, hardship, fighting, and then, when you believe you can’t do it anymore. You may even be ready to give up. Then, what happens? A breakthrough!
We tend to believe that the breakthrough was a payoff from our hard work but what if the breakthrough happened because we finally let go of control and allowed our desire to happen? We actually got out of our own way.
When we are able to accept and trust that we are worthy and deserving of what we want, inherently, the way life, and in this case our business, develops can be a happy, exciting, and interesting experience.
CPA, CGA, Self-love and Wealth Coach, Founder Intuitive Living Path
Genoveva Vazquez, founder of Intuitive Living Path is a former accountant transformed into a Self-Love and Wealth coach. Genoveva is very passionate about helping people fall in love with themselves and with their lives all over again. Since she went through that moment of “wanting to throw in the towel” she has lived her life knowing that there’s more to life that what is showing up for many of us. We do love ourselves, we do have power, we do create our lives, we just need to start it all from the inside out.