Since signing up to the Ultimate Blog Challenge, I have been thinking about what to share over the next 28 days. I couldn’t get started on the serious stuff without doing some planning. You see, I spent roughly 15 years helping people to plan. I must have trained, helped and supported at least 150 businesses; small, medium and large to plan over the years, so to me planning is a habit so ingrained that it is as natural as breathing.
You must have heard the old adage that to ‘fail to plan is to plan to fail?’ The quote seems to have come from Churchill originally and he knew a thing or two about planning!
So I have spent some time drafting a list of topics that I might talk to you about over the remainder of this challenge. One of the first rules of planning is to be nimble, to expect the unexpected so you can tweak your plans at a moment’s notice. I’d love to know if there is something specific that you would like to hear from me about. Areas of expertise for me are:
- Planning/goal setting
- Women in business
- Personal branding, including appearance, behaviour and communication
- Body confidence
- NLP (Neuro-Linguistinc Programming)
- Consultancy skills
So, back to planning and I have to include goal setting within that. For me, planning my goals is an essential factor to success. If goals are not set, how do you know when you have achieved anything? What would you have to push you that little bit further, to tempt you to go a little higher?
It’s also why I took on this challenge – you see, one of my big goals is to write a book. Now I haven’t written a book before, I know I can do it and I’ll get the right help along the way to ensure that it is successful. But what I haven’t done for quite some time is just to sit and write, so I thought the discipline of blogging every day for a month would give me a great taste of how it is to write, what I enjoy writing about, what my writing style is like, where do I like to write – not in my office I have discovered! At the moment I’m sitting in our ‘snug’ room looking out over the garden having just taken our mad dog Martha for a walk. I was reading Jackie Malpass’ blog earlier http://jacquimalpass.com/burt-my-naked-writing-muse/ about when and where the muse strikes – I’m still finding out, so I’ll let you know Jackie when I have found out myself!! Judging by Jackie’s list I shall have fun finding out too!!
I’m looking forward to reading your questions and suggestions about what you would like to see from me, otherwise I shall be writing about body confidence tomorrow I think, unless the mood takes me to write about something else!! That’s it, I have a theory shared with one of my Master Trainers Agnès Brown, that when you wake up in the morning, you need to see how you feel before you can decide what you will be wearing…maybe writing is just the same…anyway, more on that tomorrow!