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Ready to launch? Get that vision started before 2017 is over

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Editor's Note: The current article you are reading is part of EEW Magazine's August 2017 10-year Anniversary Issue. We're helping you launch your vision before 2017 is over and accomplish what God has placed in your heart. To read the cover story, which features EEW's Founder, Dianna Hobbs, click the cover below.

Article By Terri West

Share God gave you a vision. So, now what?

It’s not easy to know where to start, or how to work toward doing what God has placed in your heart, but if you want to birth out that dream before 2017 is over, it’s not too hard, nor is it too late.

Here are 7 foundational steps to get you started.

#1 Research. Philippians 4:7 says, Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.” To avoid costly mistakes, do your research. You’ll be amazed at how much free information is out there on Google just waiting for you to access it. Take some time and read helpful articles. Also, search books on Amazon related to your interest and buy them. If you don’t have extra cash on hand, see if your local library has any copies.

#2 Count up the cost. Find out how much start-up capital you’ll need in order to launch your vision and then assess where you are, and what you realistically can afford to do. Some visions require lots of monetary investment, but don’t let that discourage you. There are ways you can get started with very little overhead. Your initial launch may have to be a scaled-down version of your ultimate goal, but you have to start somewhere. As EEW Magazine President Dianna Hobbs admonishes in the August 2017 issue, don’t despise the day of small beginnings.

#3 Develop a plan. Write the vision. Don’t let the idea of a business plan scare you away. It helps clarify and organize your thoughts. Having a plan in place, though some people find it frustrating and tedious to create one, is worth it in the end. No one can tell you exactly how to write your vision, which can be simple or elaborate, depending on your needs. Just start somewhere and be open-minded. And try to commit Proverbs 19:21 NIV to memory: “Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.”

#4 Realize growth takes time. Don’t set haphazard and too-lofty goals like: I want to become a million-dollar enterprise in a year; I want to be a globally recognized brand shortly after launching; I want to touch mass numbers of people right out of the gate. While it could happen (Anything is possible!), it’s not likely. Launch knowing that a vision takes time to grow. Being recognized for the services you offer and the value you add to the lives of others won’t happen overnight. It may take years of tending the field of your vision before ever seeing anything that remotely looks like a harvest. But stay the course anyway. If you believe in your vision, it’s worth the effort and the wait. As you work and wait, keep in mind Isaiah 40:31 KJV, that reads, “But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

#5 Get a mentor. Proverbs 15:22 NIV perfectly summarizes the point of this step: Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed.” There are plenty successful women and men of God in business and ministry, who would be more than happy to help you get started. Ask the Father to lead you to a transparent person or persons willing to share their wealth of knowledge based on experience, failures and successes. While their time may be limited, if you get a few questions together and ask them by phone or email for assistance, you may be surprised by how willing they are to give you some time and invaluable advice. If that doesn’t work, until God connects you with the right people, the best mentor is a book.

#6 Ask for help. First and foremost, remember, your greatest help comes from the Lord. 1 John 5:14-15 says,This is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests which we have asked from Him.” Secondly, if you want to be successful as a visionary, you cannot be afraid to ask other people for help and support as well! Your first base, before expanding to the wider audience God has called you to reach, is your core circle of family and friends. You may only have a handful of people you can go to. Start with them. EEW’s Founder began her newsletter with 8 subscribers and you now see what it has blossomed into.

#7 Be excellent where you are. If another man’s race started 10 years before yours, it is a ludicrous notion that you will get to where he is in your first 10 days, weeks, or months. Focus on what you have been called to do and have an excellent spirit as Daniel did in the Bible. This got him promoted and made him stand out. Excellence is the key to elevation. Bishop T.D. Jakes has a great saying: “Be excellent on your level.” This is huge and so important! You might be a baker that can’t afford a building to house a full-on bakery. Then start making pies, cakes, pastries, or whatever your heart desires right in your at-home kitchen. Be faithful over a few things first and God will give you more.

If you have heard from the Lord and He has been urging you to get a move on some things, then make haste. Get going before 2017 is over!

If you hold up your end of the bargain by working hard and doing all you can to succeed, God will step in, favor your efforts and make you even more fruitful.

Prayer: God, I know You gave me the idea to launch. But sometimes I feel so intimidated and overwhelmed by all I have to do. Right now, I ask that You help me, guide me and favor me every step of the way as I put my faith in action. In Jesus Name, Amen.

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