Business Strategy Question #01: What is the RIGHT first question to ask to build your business?

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And here is a list of the entire 10-question series (in case you want the big picture view)!

I definitely recommend answering them in this order since each one builds on the others and it helps you get more clarity.

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Day in and day out, I get to hang out with amazing people who having amazing messages and amazing gifts to share with the world. And they now have the courage to share that message and themselves with the world by becoming a business owner.

What IS the right question to ask FIRST?

The rub?

They’re stuck.

They’re unclear. They’re confused

AND they’re asking the wrong questions because they’re listening to all the crap about

  • “you must do this” or
  • “you must use that tool” or
  • “you have to have video darlin or you’re just not with it and you’ll never make any money” or
  • …fill in the blank here for more “shoulds” that will drive you to drink, to despair or an early grave!

Screw all those “shoulds” and “ought tos” and start with the right question first.

And what is that “RIGHT” question?

The RIGHT question to ask FIRSTThe right question is what do YOU want out of this endeavor of yours.

Yup, that’s the first one to answer.

And although it may sound simple, I’ve found that it usually isn’t easy.

And it IS do-able!

There’s a lot more questions that pop up to be answered after that one question is asked!

Which is why all my coaching and consulting clients get asked this question first and we take as much time as we need to get a crystal clear picture of perfection, for them.

So you can ask yourself the same questions (after you realize the first one is what do YOU want)

  • what juices you up
  • what brings you joy
  • what lights a fire under your ass
  • what fits perfectly with YOUR vision of YOUR world
  • what takes advantage of all YOUR strengths and unique gifts
  • what matches YOUR passions
  • what gets you going, and keeps you going, when everyone and everything seems to be against you

What I want for YOU

You see, my mission is to

Get YOUR voice heard.

YOUR message shared.

YOUR world transformed.

And that just doesn’t happen until you know YOU.

Talk to me!

So tell me, in the comments below, what is YOUR answer to this question? AND, if you haven’t asked yourself that question, what happens when you DO?

Do you get more clarity?

Do you find yourself ready to drop stuff you don’t like (that’s ever so grand darlin, whoo hoo!)?

Do you find yourself wanting to do something completely different now that you’ve been honest with you and you’ve stopped listening to the “gooruu bullshit?” Excellent, that’s also grand news!

We can do this. Together. You’d be amazed how much changes with a single rendezvous…and how much money, time and headaches you’ll save!

To YOUR success…

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P.S. Now it’s time for Question #2: Who are YOU?

  • Sharon O'Day says:

    I think what complicates this question is that it operates at so many levels … so we often need help understanding how the levels interact and what they mean. Great task you’ve undertaken, Mama Red!

    • MamaRed says:

      You’re absolutely right Sharon…there are layers and layers of questions I ask and go through when I help people find the clarity on this one. “Wish” it was a simple question and haven’t found that it is, at least in my experience!

  • Yvonne says:

    I love being a nerd as well as teaching people new things, that’s how Ask Yvi started. And at the end of this year my workshops will be a steady part of it ;)

    • MamaRed says:

      I so hear you Yvonne…and so glad to hear your workshops are coming too. Yeah and big congrats!

  • I didn’t know what I really wanted for the longest time, and fell into the trap of doing what everyone else thought I should be doing. As soon as I figured it all out, doors started opening, and the Universe is sending more opportunities flowing my way than ever before.

    • MamaRed says:

      Hi Helena…oh, I’m sooooooooooo glad you got clear on what YOU wanted and are headed in that direction. You’re such a beautiful wondrous person and I’m glad the world gets to see the real you.

  • Robin Strohmaier says:

    It is great having you back. Excellent article, video and questions, MamaRed! Thank you so much for sharing this. After a few trials, I am now doing what I love and what I am passionate about.

    • MamaRed says:

      Hey there Robin, so great to be back and glad you enjoyed the post and video! I’m thrilled to hear that you’re sharing what you’re so passionate about with the world…What a gift to so many!

  • I like the approach! It is so easy to get bombarded by so much information that you get stuck in “analysis paralysis”.

    Looking forward to digging deeper into your blog here!

    • MamaRed says:

      Glad it worked for you my dear and boy, I can do that analysis paralysis with the best of them…and my goal is to help others stay out of the trap I’ve gotten into in the past! Glad to meet you and do let me know how I can help you meet YOUR goals.

  • Toni Nelson says:

    My goal is to help businesses be seen and heard by using video! Love seeing your creative use of video!

    • MamaRed says:

      Hi Toni…thanks for stopping by! So glad to meet you and how great that you help businesses use video. I dearly love Powtoon for this and am developing plans for creating some more of them. Please do let me know how I can help you meet your goal!

  • Too many people are desperate to have their own business – but fail to recognize you need the idea first. Then, you build the business around it.

    • MamaRed says:

      I totally hear you Roy…and as someone who has done things in a totally back-assward way in the past, I truly want to help people make decisions based on facts, not fiction. And to understand that the idea is one thing, implementing it takes a whole bunch of steps and knowledge (which I know you’re fabulous at doing and sharing).

  • Lisa Mallis says:

    I love the “must use this tool” line! As a time strategy visionary, one of the first thing I’m asked by clients is “is there an app for that”? When really the first question should be “is my time best spent DOING that?” So – I’m going to start asking “what brings you joy” and “what lights a fire under your ass” . . . much more descriptive! Thanks for the post – and the words!

    • MamaRed says:

      Hi there Lisa…OMG, rolling on the floor laughing because as a Visionary Strategist and Techie Stuff De-Mystifier, I know I frustrate the weebers out of people when they ask “what tool should I use” and my immediate first response is “it depends, and not the kind ya wear!” I haven’t put it online and even bought the domain “There’s a Tool for that” because I’m know for having a big ole list of tools…that I share AFTER I ask a ton of questions. Bopping over to vist you and do come back soon!

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