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Business Advice: Rely On Your Long Term Vision

October 18, 2013

Business advice for women entrepreneurs and small business owners


Yesterday I found myself sitting on the edge of Onondaga Lake in the middle of the day in the middle of a busy work week staring out with blurred vision across the shimmering lake on a beautifully warm fall day with only the ducks to keep me company. Believe me, ducks aren’t my normal business day companions.

I wasn’t basking lakeside to escape my heavy entrepreneurial work load or miss an important business event but because I had no ability to work. Due to an unexpected, temporary eye condition, I lost my close-up vision and with that came an inability to write, type, read, text or post anything. What is a woman entrepreneur to do?

Without technology to rule my day, I turned to the only thing I thought I could do to continue working , I loaded my bike on my car, drove to Long Branch Park, biked to a quiet place where I could glance out over the tranquil waters and envision long range plans for my company. What struck me basking in this calm environment was the fact; I don’t give myself enough time to contemplate long term visions for my business. I don’t think most entrepreneurs do either.

Business owners are compelled every day to accomplish what is on their to-do list for the week, impulsively following a daily routine, not taking a breath or moment to just ponder what we should be envisioning for our personal and corporate future. I can tell you for a fact when you don’t have any short term vision; you must focus only on what you see in the distance.

After an hour of staring across the lake, I got back on my bike with 5 exciting, new ideas to start working on as soon as my short range vision returned. Without the loss of my close-up vision yesterday, I would have never discovered the awesome ideas I have stirring in my mind this morning.

I hope you give yourself the gift of sight in the next week by “losing” your short term vision. Walk away from all technology, pretend you don’ have access to anything other than your thoughts and envision 5 long range plans for your business. It is only when we lose sight of what’s closest to us that we find focus.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. October 18, 2013 1:15 pm


    I love the way you see things…no pun intended! As much as I try to strike a good balance between planning for and executing my long and short term goals, it is very easy to get caught up in the day-to-days!

    You’ve got me thinking!

    Thank you,



    • October 18, 2013 1:25 pm

      Annie: I surely was seeing differently yesterday that’s for sure! I am glad it is inspiring you to look long-range! Tracy


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