Think from the End to Grow Your Creative Business
I’m currently re-visiting one of my favorite books, The Power of Intention by Wayne Dyer. It’s so good, and it seems to have a new message for me every time I pick it up! Dyer offers a phrase that I believe is one of the secrets to success: Think from the end.
When you think from the end, you imagine your task successfully completed before you begin to work on it. For instance, when I opened an Etsy shop, I saw myself having 1,000 sales in my first year of business. Once my mind went there, my goal was set in stone, and I worked every day to create new paths to that destination. Creating the end result opens you up to inspiration on new and different ways of succeeding; it is creative visualization at its best.
I once suggested to all of cyber-space that Etsy sellers create an affiliate program for their shop and, as usual, it came back with mixed reviews–but everybody who commented on the idea was interested in it. End-thinkers implemented the program immediately.
However, some people think from the beginning. They quickly become overwhelmed and say, “That sounds tricky and different.” End of story.
Others think from the middle and get stuck on the details. They say, “I get it, but how would the affiliates cash the reward?” They get stuck on an early hurdle and eventually forget the whole thing. End of story.
On the other hand, end-thinkers picture the process, see the customers streaming in, and clear the details along the way. In fact, end-thinkers pounce on the new idea, and are imagining what it might lead to next before they’ve even implemented it. They say, “I get it! An affiliate program would mean hundreds of new customers and increased word-of-mouth promotion! Yes, I’m doing it!”
Here are some ways to improve your end-thinking abilities:
Pay attention to your mental dialogue. Listen to your thoughts: do they strengthen you, or weaken you? When you have a new idea, do you think, “I would be so good at that!” or rather, “I don’t know if I’m good enough.” Successful people believe they are worthy of success. They think with courage and believe in themselves.
Banish self-doubt. In business, you must challenge your fears! What’s the worst thing that could happen if you started making small changes toward big dreams? Make a habit of replying to your fears. If you get a scary thought, answer that fear-based thinking with this reply: “Don’t worry, I’ll be OK. I can do this!” Fearful thoughts are an attempt to keep you “safe” or “comfortable.” Comfort zones do not exist in an extraordinary life! You have to stretch your boundaries to grow.
Strive for new obstacles and embrace failure! Once you hurdle your current set of obstacles, it’s already time to seek new ones. Whether you have succeeded or failed, you’ve learned a new lesson–time to go apply it to new things.
Imagine the success every opportunity might create. This means to never get stuck in beginning- or middle-thinking. See everything you do as a seed you are planting for success. I write this blog post as a seed toward my next book. I renew my Etsy shop listings as a seed toward new customers. I post a discount on Facebook as a seed toward repeat business. You have an unlimited number of these seeds, always be on the look-out for new places to plant them!
Join us. One of the best ways to break through obstacles in your creative business is to work closely with others who have achieved goals similar to your own. Tim and I are hosting a community-wide, power workshop on Thursday, December 19. We’ll show you how to take your business from a state of rest to a state of velocity. You’ll leave this 3-hour video course with several ways you can improve your business right now.
We want you to DREAM BIGGER and ACHIEVE MORE than ever before in 2014, and we have the tools to help you do just that. I hope to work with you there. Wishing you much success, Lisa Jacobs