For the past several nights I have had the same dream. I would get into a car and I would begin to drive. While the car seemed normal I could not see out of the windows and it had no mirrors. Nonetheless, I was always able to drive to car. I never got into an accident and no one was killed. Finally, in the last dream of the series I got into the car, still no windows or mirrors, and I was driving down the road. However, this time I was sitting on the floor in the back. I was not panicked. The car moved into a parking lot and outside the car I could hear on-lookers asking why would she drive a car if she couldn't see where she was going? I woke up in a cold sweat!
I reached out to a trusted source to help explain the dream. His explanation was simply:
When you are walking by faith and not by sight you are moving towards a destination and while you cannot see it with your eyes your faith sees it clearly. Outside observers will question your journey, but it isn't their job to see. You can't listen to their criticism because in the end they will have you stop before you arrive to the destination. When you got tired; you got in the back and faith steered for you.
That cold sweat came back along with chills and a few tears.
That dream and the explanation were both very powerful for me. They spoke directly to the Entrepreneur's experience and, more generally, my life's journey. If you have left a corporate job or started your own company then you have likely made this faith leap. You have made a decision to move forward regardless of the peanut gallery. You have begun a journey with no clear destination. You are pushing forward, navigating hurdles and pitfalls, often times by instinct.
When you speak to those who have made it to their destination there is a common thread to their narrative. They had to keep moving forward. They were not sure it would work but they for sure were going to try. I believe that their secret ingredient was faith. Faith in themselves. Faith in their destiny. Faith in divine providence or a higher power.
So on this Monday, I implore you to keep the faith and to keep pushing forward.
Growth does not happen by chance. Moving your business to the next level is every entrepreneurs’ dream. That could mean expanding into a new territory, or adding a service line, hiring employees, or increasing your profit margin, whatever the intended outcome most people do not want to be in the same place they were last year. This is laudable. However, a common mistake that many new entrepreneurs make is not preparing for greatness. But how do I prepare? Easy plan, plan, plan, and more planning. In case that is not descriptive enough here a few strategies for you to consider:
Dr. Shante Williams is a serial entrepreneur who started slow and in the shallow end of the business pool. She has worked in Biotech, Big Pharma, Green Energy, and Academia