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Are you surviving or thriving?

And, are you okay with that?  As a home-based business person – or any business person – what is your goal?  Is your goal to survive?  Or, is your goal to thrive?

To Survive means to not die; to not fail; to just get by; to keep the doors open and the lights on.  It might mean buying a new briefcase, but not a top-of-the-line one.  It means generic business cards and plain email pages. 

To Thrive means to do more than survive.  Thriving means to grow; to build; to increase; to have more than you did a year previously.  Thriving means a new briefcase and a new pen.  It means classy business cards and signs on your car windows.  It means a new suit for the next meeting.  It means signing up for the next training seminar.

What is the key difference between a business that survives and one that thrivesVision.  Dreams.  Goals.

If you are a one-person business, as most home-based businesses are, then you are both the Leader and the Manager.  It is the Leader who holds the vision that is based on the dreams that get translated into goals for movement and growth.  The manager then does the “work” necessary to achieve the goals.  To thrive means that you have to have a Vision, based on dreams – BIG dreams – and then translate those into goals. 

Growth in your business won’t happen without Vision, Dreams or Goals.  A business that is thriving is one that is moving forward, reaching goals, setting new goals, improving the vision and dreaming more dreams which all = financial success.

Survival is a business that just pays the bills.  No growth, no dreams, no goals.  No financial success, just status quo.

So, are you surviving or thriving?

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