Not everyone can take a vision and create a reality. How many times have you heard, “If it was easy everyone would be doing it?” That’s a fact.

As SahlComm is poised to turn five and step into a whole new country of business, we wanted to share the top five things we master daily to keep our mission tangible and viable.

    1. Believe in “YOU” and Take “RESPONSE-Ability”
    2. Surround Yourself with a Solid Board of Trusted Advisors
    3. Learn to Love and Embrace Risk
    4. Be Patient but Persistent
    5. Live, Breathe, and Sell Your Vision

First if you don’t believe in yourself no one else will, nor will they believe in your vision. You need to have the confidence in the vision and learn to stand up for it in a crowded room of naysayers. If you are able to respond and maintain confidence in your vision, then you’re on your way. Try this. Find some of your friends who tend to see the glass half empty and a few friends who see the glass half full. Put them in a room together, and deliver your idea. If after 20 minutes there are folks who still are naysayers, remove them from the room. Then, look around at all of the folks left standing in the room. Start looking for your top supporters.

Second, once you’ve found your top supporter form a board of trusted advisors. We suggest these advisors include at least one lawyer (that you can trust), a financial advisor, and what we call a “Jiminy Cricket” advisor, one who has a very strong moral compass. These people will become your sanity check; so, make sure there is someone who can take the call at 4am, or run to the bank to make that emergency deposit when needed.

Moving your vision to reality is not without its peaks and valleys. Third, you must be strong enough to take risks when an opportunity arises. It will mean tremendous sacrifice on your part, but the end result is worth the risk. If you ever start doubting the fact that it’s “worth the risk,” you should stop, and change course. There is no room for doubt. If your board of advisors is strong, they will help you to move with measured risk and help you manage higher risk opportunities.

“Only by much searching and mining are gold and diamonds obtained, and man can find every truth connected with his being if he will dig deep into the mine of his soul,” said James Allen, author of As a Man Thinketh. Fourth, be patient but never give up. Remain flexible and never lose sight of the vision.

The fifth and final item is by far the strongest. Live, Breath and Sell your vision with every moment, every ounce of air and in every opportunity.

“Cherish your visions. Cherish your ideals. Cherish the music that stirs in your heart, the beauty that forms in your mind, the loveliness that drapes your purest thoughts, for our of them will grow all delightful conditions, all heavenly environment; of these, if you but remain true to them, your vision will at last be built.”