LESSON #13: Getting a Vision for Your Business

Up until this point, we’ve essentially been covering the requirements and prerequisite knowledge necessary to increase your chances of building a successful online business.

Today marks a turning point.

It’s time to begin focusing on your personal situation, and to turn our attention to your future business…

(Watch this video…)

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Main points:

  • Without vision, your business probably won’t succeed.

  • I describe vision as being able to “see” a clear picture of your fulfilled goals in your mind.

  • It’s like the box cover of a difficult puzzle…

  • You must begin with the end in mind.

  • Almost every success in my life has come AFTER having a vision for it. (For example, when I won the state championship, and every time I launch a product)

  • The successful business owners that I’ve known ALL have vision.

  • It’s kind of like looking at the world from 30,000 feet. You see the big picture, and not the problems.

  • If you lose sight of your vision, you lose hope. And if you lose hope, it’s game over.

  • As we progress in the lessons, we’ll keep moving forward step by step, but if you don’t start by getting a vision, further efforts could be somewhat futile.

  • If you set your target too low, you may hit it, but there is almost no chance that you will exceed it. On the other hand, if you set your target too high, you may fail, but you will be further along than the “low” target. Therefore it’s better to set your vision higher.

  • One of the biggest things I see holding people back is a “victim mentality”.

  • “Formulate and stamp indelibly on your mind a mental picture of yourself as succeeding. Hold this picture tenaciously. Never permit it to fade. Your mind will seek to develop this picture. Never think of yourself as failing; never doubt the reality of the mental image. That is most dangerous, for the mind always tries to complete what it pictures. So always picture ‘success’ no matter how badly things seem to be going at the moment.” – Norman Vincent Peale

  • Many of us have taken on a “just get by” mentality.

  • The size of your vision will dictate the size of the result.

  • YOU are valuable. Don’t sell yourself short.

  • Here’s my “disclaimer” that I forgot to include in the video…. “The mind of man plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps.” (Prov. 16:9)

    Action steps:

    I want you to take a moment to tell me your vision for your business. The vision can involve other areas of your life too, but since we’re working on building your business, it should be focused on your business.

    It’s important to write your vision down, so go ahead and post it in the comments below. This is YOUR vision, and there is NO wrong answer.

    Focus on the big picture. Don’t worry about the details of how you will get there. We’ll worry about that stuff when we learn about goal setting and business plans, and I’ll be talking about those things in the next lesson.

    As always, you are welcome to post your questions and comments below.

    Have a great day!

  • 1,811 comments on “LESSON #13: Getting a Vision for Your Business

    1. Jacquelynne Myers

      I keep having in mind a vision of building a business that brings in $10,000 a month within two years and then scaling it up. I know that a lot of marketers make a lot more money, but even $10,000 a month is a radical change in my thinking.
      I want to be able to give.

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      1. Ellen VanSlyke

        I am 71 years old and have been interested in e-commerce for about ten years. It is late in my life, but I want to be able to leave my children a nest egg that they were not expecting. I know it is possible to make millions online and I know I have the vision and steadfast work ethics to accomplish it so long as I find a viable, honest teacher to emulate.

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        1. John Lach

          Ellen, God Bless you, I know you have reached your Vision…. AMEN
          HELLO! Until I see you again !
          John

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    2. Pete

      My vision is to produce an online business that will not only support me, but will also allow me to provide full support for at least one missionary (family) in each of the world’s geo-political nation states… and in a way that will outlast my short life. I want to accomplish this with a strategy that requires no more than 20 hours of business-related activity per week on my part. And I would like to reach this threshold within the next five to seven years, at the latest. In addition, I want to concentrate my business efforts on generating and marketing high-quality, info-products aimed at serving the global Christian community.

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    3. Stephen

      My vision is to create a successful online business in the self help/ health niche that generates a passive income of £10000 per month in order to give my family all they deserve. I want this to increase month on month so we can live by the beach in Spain that will significantly give us all an healthy lifestyle. It is important to share issues of health to the wider world and that is my goal to share for the better. I am no longer working for someone else, so have the time to enhance my vision and pass it on to my daughter who understands and shares my own vision.

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    4. Rekiya Ibrahim

      My vision is to make $4000 every month from an online business. My problem is I have so many ideas but I know which one to settle for….

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    5. Mike Bartlett

      My vision is to develop an email marketing business called http://www.HomeBizEzine.com to share with people, “Simple, Easy-To-Understand Basics That Help Ensure Predictable and Profitable Results” through a home business. This vision came out of a greater vision to build a Blog called, http://www.EmergencyRetirementPlanning.com.

      I am in the lead edge of the baby boom generation and a lot of people 50 years and older haven’t put away enough money to provide for themselves at a level they envisioned in their retirement years for a variety of reasons.

      While I don’t have the expertise to accomplish all of this on my own I have realized that all the resources I need to develop these into systems that can help people through this critical part of their lives is out there…and that with consistency, persistence, time and knowledge gathering on my part, it will indeed become a reality, a source of HOPE. For where there is no HOPE (Vision) the people parish. Proverbs 29: 18

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      1. John Lach

        Mike, Your Vision is True…. I see it is like Walt Disney said about “Disney World, it is a place where Dreams come True, and always changing, and will never be complete, as long as their is Vision Alive…” God Bless yoou and keep your vision alive!
        HELLO! Until I see you again !
        John

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    6. Marc M. Demers

      Hi everybody,

      My vision is to have a successful Internet Marketing Online Business.

      As I’m going to be retired from my full-time job in 22 months, my goal is to build a successful business that I could bequeath to my 13-year-old boy to ensure him a prosperous future.

      My goal is also to give my spouse freedom because she has to work for another 15 years to get a decent retirement.

      As I have been doing for several years, I would like to help people. It is also gratifying to help your neighbors reach their dreams of becoming prosperous entrepreneurs.

      To achieve these goals, I seek to earn at least $ 10,000 per month from multiple streams of income from several different niches.

      To a Better Living…

      Marc

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    7. Ken Barcroft

      My vision is to have a successful online business consisting of several websites that promote information products that increase the quality of people’s lives. I will have personally written some of the products and be an affiliate for others that I have found helpful to me. I intend to earn $1 million a year doing this as I travel the country and the world gaining experience in life and continuing to pursue Truth in all of the fields that interest me.

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    8. Frank Carter

      Short term goals would be to first and foremost learn as much as I can about marketing and get up and running on the internet. I want to just be able to see a profit then generate enough income to replace my wife’s and my jobs. We need to earn $12000 a month to do that.

      Once I have achieved these basic goals, my long-term goals would be to generate enough money to upgrade our cars and home, buy back our time, become debt free, help others, and take dream vacations, all while glorifying the Lord. I want to be able to develop financial freedom and never worry about money or where it’s going to come from again.

      This way I can truly leave a legacy for my children that they can be proud of.

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    9. Helena Sebastian

      Applying the invaluable principles and examples shared in this lesson, broadly it would be….

      My Vision:
      1. Successfully master the online business to rake in an annual income of $1,000,000
      2. Have financial freedom and independence
      3. Spend quality time with my family and travel the world
      4. Give back to the community, including the larger family and pay it forward. Passionate about mentoring and volunteering and truly want that freedom to pursue with no encumbrances and limitations.

      I would also like to take this opportunity to comment on the tips thus far….It has been really amazing, invaluable and insightful especially for a newbie like me. I particularly like the way you gently nudge us to think outside of our comfort zone and broaden our knowledge. You impart so much of the practical wisdom in bite size portions, with focus, integrity and in a very clear, concise and discernible way. The action steps are also very doable and help in giving structure and organization to the learning and building process. Thank you so much and God bless!

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      1. John Lach

        Helena, God has given you your vision, and the wisdom to see it… Pay it Forward,,, “Ask and it shall be Done !”
        HELLO! Until I see you again !
        John

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    10. J London

      My vision is to have a business that brings in upwards of $150,000 a year. I work from home, I can spend as much time traveling or with my family or friends as I’d like because my business revolves around my life and not the other way around. My work is fulfilling and fun for me.

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    11. Wendy

      Our vision is move into our retirement era and be able to enjoy quality of life, visit our children overseas whenever we want to….continue to run our business….. and not be held back financially.

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    12. John Miller

      To build a business assisting and educating people to improve their lives, that allows me to work while traveling and raising a family that generates over $1,000,000 a year in profit.

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      1. John Lach

        John, what can I say? One word…. AMEN !
        HELLO! Until I see you again !
        John

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    13. Deborah Savage-Cusic

      Hi Eric,
      My vision is to have a successful Online Obituary Storage, Living Legacy Video Memorial Website. It will give you a safe place to store Obituaries for people who may not have been able to make the services or for those who want to keep them safe.
      The Living Legacy Video Memorial Website portion is a platform for you to tell your own story while your alive. You can leave unlimited amounts of videos for your spouse, parents, children, siblings, friends etc. Give future generations, a chance to see your personality and character, who may otherwise never get to know you. Or simply give someone whose struggling with the grieving process a platform to heal, and the opportunity to see your face or hear your voice as often as they would like.
      Hence, my vision in the making, NeverShallForget.com
      May my children’s children be blessed through my vision!

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      1. John Lach

        Deborah Savage-Cusic, NeverShallForget.com
        I see your vision, I see it completed, Congratulations ! You have achieved your goal!..
        HELLO! Until I see you again !
        John

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    14. Rich

      Vision!

      learning how to build a 100,000 plus >> targeted email list.
      learning how to market to that list through email marketing.
      learning how to automate the process as much as possible.
      making $1000./week minimum
      scaling that to over $5,000/week

      once I learn how to accomplish this,
      my goal is simple:

      1) to be able to make a good living using my laptop and the internet.
      2) to be able to teach what I have been able to accomplish to my family,friends & anyone who wants the same thing.

      I WANT TO BE ABLE TO HELP PEOPLE ,BUT I HAVE TO KNOW WHAT I AM DOING FIRST,TO ACCOMPLISH THAT!

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    15. James Louderback

      I am retired but stuck in the same place I’ve been all my life. I would like to be able to pay everyone I owe. I would like to leave a legacy for my children, grown with kids of their own. I would want to take my wife and my handy-dandy laptop and travel without ever having to worry about money or deadlines. I have hope thanks to people like you, and I have frustration thanks to outfits I’ve dealt with online.

      Reply
    16. Cory

      My vision is to have financial freedom to retire from my job if I so choose.To have a business or businesses that are debt free and produce passive income enough so my family and I can travel and can have the things that we want and that will allow me to help handicapped children through Special Olympics and Ronald McDonald House donations to pay it forward just like was done for my son some 25 years ago.

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      1. John Lach

        Cory, my nephew Michael, was the youngest heart transplant in state of Michigan, back in the 80’s…..
        HELLO! Until I see you again !
        John

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    17. Paul Bass

      My goal is to help 1,000 pastors to start (or perfect) their personal blogs in order to help them share the gospel over the internet.

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      1. John Lach

        …..and a little child shall lead them…..
        HELLO! Until I see you again !
        John

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    18. Wendy

      My vision:
      My vision is to start out making at least $5,000 a month and steadily make more as time goes by. I want to get to the point where I am not stressed and struggle to pay my bills. I want to be able to provide everything my family needs without worrying.
      I want to be able to travel the world and only work when I want. Not when I have to. I want to be able to work from home so I don’t have to go out in bad weather.
      I want to be able to help any and all children charities that I can. I want to also help people with mental health issues be able to afford their medications. I want to help make the world a better place and I want to teach my children to do the same.

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    19. George

      My vision is to have a successful online business, offering a service to others, that will be of benefit to their lives as well as my own.
      I would like this business to be generating a steady income of around $14,000 per month, which would allow me the freedom and flexibility to be able to spend quality time with family friends.
      I want to get more out of life and give back in a way that makes a difference.

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    20. Chris

      Hi Eric, thanks for all your great work. What’s your suggestion to read the Dale Carnegie book I was just wondering if you knew which one or which copy I should read? There’s like three different versions of How to Win Friends and Influence People. One of them says for the digital age and then obviously there is the original and then I saw another one but just wondering what your opinion was. I appreciate your head of time

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      1. Eric Post author

        The one I read was the original, I haven’t read any newer versions, but they all sound good I don’t think you can go wrong there.

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        1. John Lach

          One of the finest books is “THE LAW OF SUCCESS IN 16 LESSONS” , by Napoleon Hill

          HELLO! Until I see you again !
          John

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    21. Trudy

      My vision is to learn online business and be good at it..
      I’m old and I see my life working online helping others
      Vacation’s with my family and relaxing and enjoying life..

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    22. Carole

      My vision is to establish my business & have revenue of a steady 1M per year. While building that business I want to be able to mentor and coach as many people as possible to help in their success. I want the freedom of being able to do this from anywhere in the world.

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    23. Jared Sorensen

      My vision begins with creating an Internet application development business that focuses on helping small but growing businesses automate their processes. I plan to start with warehouse management and shipping applications and ebooks, as these are areas in which I have particular expertise. I live in a college town, and hope to hire several students as interns, and help them develop solid marketable skills. When the company grows to the point where it can support about eight employees, I would like to continue as CEO, but turn over the day-to-day operations to someone who can manage it better than I, and then focus my attention on building a second business. This one will be based in a small Idaho town where I used to live, where employment opportunities are sorely needed. This business would focus on information and resources for the real estate development industry. Eventually I would like to own several businesses, each dedicated to serving the unique needs of a different community. I expect to earn enough revenue to support me and my wife comfortably in our retirement, but more importantly, to improve the lot of as many individuals, businesses, and communities as possible.

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      1. John Lach

        Jared, Your vision dove tails with mine…

        HELLO! Until I see you again !
        John

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    24. Nelson

      My vision is to be financially free and to have an overflow of abundance, within one year from now as a prosperous coach. I want to be a successful personal development coach and I want to invest in churches and schools.

      Reply
    25. Khalid Yusuf Khan

      Writing vision and goal and goal setting all are to train the mind and it is supposed to work that is what neurologists say. but it works for few and doesn’t work for others or many. I was a successful young Turk at 30. I wrote an article in a Urdu lnaguge magazine that a man must set himself to a place,point and position of what he want to be. It was appreciated by many and I was personally congratulated by many. but it so happened. I still don’t know what happened. I was on the road within a year and remained there for 7 years. The picked up from scratch in another field and struggled to reach earning a good monthly salary. I was a successful man until February 2016. and within 18 months have lost all my savings trying to earn just enough to survive. Wherever,i put my money I lost. I am not a fool in my books but friends and foes consider me one.Few are laughing others are surprised. There is a time when nothing works. No matter how goal and goal setting is done.
      I am sorry , I am not opposing you but I am 65 in good health physically and mentally and trying my best nothing works. I watch video ,read pdf but can not do what is needed for an Internet marketer. I purchased many programs ,softwares but nothing could be set to earn.
      I say I am poor in computer basics ,don’t know how to build an squeeze page,down load button and buy button with payment gateway. I tried to out source but never succeeded. I gave my eBook for picture editing to two people one on fiver another through a friend ,the both swallowed my book never returned and instead of $ 5 asking for in multiples.
      I am recently following to 3 such Gurus whom I feel have plenty of worth but unable to zero on to one. You are one of them. Please help .Regards.

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    26. judy

      I’m a retired person of 70.

      In my years on earth I’ve been a teacher, marketer, trainer, writer and coach.

      In these roles, I have known the joy of helping others & the sense of purpose that it creates.

      It was fun and full of adventure, and I miss it.

      So even though I’m retired and married and we have an IRA, I feel the need to have that joy of helping others and the sense of purpose it brings. I also need to help my husband supplement our IRA so that we will be more financially secure.

      Thus my vision can be stated in two parts: 1)feel purpose and 2)earn bucks doing it.

      I visualize my business bringing iin 10-15K a month by helping others. If it miraculously brings in more…well, great!

      I’ve been reading and studying the internet for over 2 years.

      It’s time to stop reflecting and start making it happen!

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      1. John Lach

        Judy, I too am in your boat, I turned 71, 10/27/2017….. ….When the Student is Ready, the Teacher will come ….

        HELLO! Until I see you again !
        John

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    27. Troy

      My vision for my business is to be able not only to be debt free but to help and pay off my parents mortgage note. My parents were there for me when I was in a dark place they never gave up on me. So I want give them freedom of debt for rest of there lives. However, my lord Jesus Christ comes first because he first brought me out of the pit I was in. That being said my vision would to be able produce 6 figure income within 1 year and a million in 2 years.

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    28. Chet Hiatt

      I am in my 70th year….yes my vision is to be debt free….free of depending on the government in my later years.
      An income that enables me to maintain my home, take care of the health needs that my wife or I might encounter going forward…..I have little to leave to children or grand children but envision myself not only being able to leave something for the family but also to impact the needs of others ….this would be making 50,000 in my first year and growing to a sustained 100,000 in the second year…..my vision is not only to be successful monetarily but to encourage others to develop a vision that they would believe and strive to attain….so many of us retiring at the government’s expense….ah I envision changing that by encouraging others to become self sufficient…..ever depending on God…and helping those who can’t help themselves

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    29. Stephen Morgan

      The vision I have is to make a online business that is successful and brings me great wealth and more free time. Free time by means of having more time for my family and health.

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    30. Betty Segneri

      My vision is to develop an internet marketing business in digital products in particular. I’m also interested in affiliate marketing physical products. I’m a semi-retired piano teacher and have worked from home for quite a few years. My passion is music and in particular teaching and composition. I want to develop this alongside my other internet marketing business. My vision is to have plenty of cash coming in so my husband can retire when he wants.

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    31. John Lach

      My vision is to finish what Dawn and I started before her passing… Our Dream is to create ‘BLOOD SWEAT AND TEARS’ a bootstrap community starting locally, then across the State of Michigan spreading across the United States, and perhaps the World… Teaching the unemployed and under employed how to become Free! In Spirit, Mind, Free from Financial worries. Teaching others to become teachers, starting with core of Family,, then giving to Community, giving donations of Blood, learning Sweat equity, to take and join small dollars, and using the value of compound effect to generate large dollars… Tears of joy, when they see what has been accomplished….. and what one person can do to change the World… To make it a Better Place for You and Me…
      If there is to be Peace on Earth, then Let it begin with me. Remember it is easy to point fingers at what is wrong, it is hard to point at what is good…. When I Point one finger, 3 fingers point back at me…

      HELLO! Until I see you again !
      John

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