Wednesday, January 13, 2010

The Family Franchise: The Big Idea

Thanks for joining me in my new post series.  If you want to read more about the why of this series you can read last weeks post [HERE]. First of all though, in writing these posts I don't want anyone to think I have profess to have all the answers. Far from it.  And there is a HUGE difference between having an idea and actually doing it. 

We have done several of the things I plan to share and they've been great helps. But others we'll be doing right along with you if you choose to follow along. I'd love to hear your feedback as we go from week to week. Okay, here we go...

When starting a business, most people start with an idea.  It could be a new invention or a way to improve an existing product or service. Whatever it is, it's the whole reason for jumping off and starting something out on your own. 

When it comes to home and family it's a lot the same. Just getting married and starting out a life together or feeling like you want to improve your home situation, you need a big idea to make your home life your own.

So, what's a big idea? It's the driving force behind your home life- most likely a mix of religion, family history, culture, & personality.  It's what get's you up and out the door in the morning, it's what brings you back home when you've been away.

Take a few minutes to daydream about your ideal family home life. What does it look like? What kind of home do you live in? Who are your friends? What activities does your family like to do? Remember this is your IDEAL home life- so daydream BIG!

Now that you've done a little dreaming, it's time to put that dream into a visual form.  Go through magazines and clip out images that correspond to your thoughts about your ideal home.  Put all these images together on a poster to create a vision board. Businesses use this tool to help them visualize their business and their future clients. 

Take your Big Idea Vision Board and put it somewhere you can see it every day.  You can refer back to it as we move through the other activities from week to week. Check out the Flickr set for [Vision Boards] if you need a little inspiration to get started.

Good luck! Find your Big Idea!

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