You need a Definite Mission that is provable, concise, and ambitious. Suppose you hate your job. You could set a definite mission of: Become successfully self-employed.
You can prove this by leaving your current job and steady paycheck. You can prove you’re self-employed by looking at all your revenue for a month, quarter, or year and showing none of it came from an employer.
This is concise. In my example of a Definite Mission, I used the word “successfully,” which in this case means you generate revenue, pay the bills, and have money left over. If you generate $100,000 in revenue, pay all your bills, and have at least $1 left, you are successful.
It is ambitious. Quitting a job and launching a small business is not easy. Most small businesses in our country fail, for a variety of reasons. I will get into those later. You have to identify what you want to do, whether or not you can make a living doing it, and whether or not you can run a business efficiently. Most of this is on-the-job training. It’s not easy and you will make mistakes every so often.
Most people do not have a Definite Mission. People accept jobs they don’t like because either the money is good or the job was available. They haven’t thought of their Definite Mission. Since they haven’t identified their Definite Mission, they haven’t pursued it.
You should write your Definite Mission with deliberate care. Put it someplace where you will see it at least once a day. This helps cement your Definite Mission in your subconscious mind and increases the likelihood it will manifest.
Suppose you stare at a computer all day but really want to run a dance studio. Your work brings in cash and pays the bills but it really isn’t your Definite Mission. Dancing is something you enjoy. Running a dance studio may be your Definite Mission.
Now that you’ve identified your Definite Mission of running a dance studio, write it on an index card. Put it someplace where you will see it at least once a day. I created three identical cards. One is on my nightstand, one is on my desk, and one is in my car. I see my Definite Mission more than 10 times a day. The verbiage is the same.
Mark Anthony Germanos is the author of two books, Escape the Cubicle: How to leave your corporate or government job for something better and How to Make Computer Systems Work for You. He has faith in a slow but sure Sacramento business revival. Sacramento small business owners are leading the way. His second book, Escape the Cubicle, is for those who want to escape cubicle jobs and become successfully self-employed. Escape the Cubicle answers the questions: "How can I grow my business" and "How do I become my own boss."
Mark is the President of Cameron Park Computer Services. As a business owner and computer networking consultant, he has seen habits that successful Sacramento small business owners embrace. He helps Sacramento small business owners embrace those habits to increase their profits, efficiency and happiness. An advocate of Sacramento business revival, Mark believes everybody should run their lives like a small business, perform SWOT Analyses and use social media campaigns to improve business. He used to say “social media is stupid.” That was until he attended a conference and saw how Sacramento small business owners can use social media campaigns as a valuable tool. Since then, he has earned more than $40,000 in business via social media. His Sacramento small business clients also have five-figure returns. Sacramento small business owners that launch social media campaigns give themselves a comparative advantage over those who lag behind. Mark does not do everything, but his clients do receive great results and participate in the Sacramento business revival when they follow his advice.
Mark moved from Chicago and restarted his business in California with a cell phone and a Honda Civic. An active triathlete, he has a life, a dream wife and a dog. For additional details, visit http://markanthonygermanos.com. Twitter: http://twitter.com/markgermanos. Facebook: http://facebook.com/markanthonygermanos. LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/markgermanos.