First Impressions, Goal setting, Lyn Bromley, Planning

A little bit of planning goes a long way

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
  • Leadership
  • Mentoring
  • NLP (Neuro-Linguistinc Programming)
  • Training
  • 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 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  Brownthat 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!

Until tomorrow,



14 thoughts on “A little bit of planning goes a long way

  1. I had a meeting recently with a potential business link and he asked me how I see my business evolving, and where I would like to be in a few years time. It made me realise that I have no particular business goals – I’ve been ticking over well for a few years which has been fine for my circumstances – but I do need to start planning and be more focused.
    I’ve been aiming for a weekly blog and it’s fine until my child is ill or the school holidays are upon us – so I just need to make sure that I get back into it as soon as these periods are over and know that it’s not the end of the world if I miss a week or two… 🙂

  2. I try to plan. I really do. But it is so difficult for me since I am spontaneous in every aspect of my life. It would probably do me a bit of good to do some planning lol. I just do things as they come to me. Every one of my blog posts, save for two, have been off the top of my head ideas.

    So, planning would probably be a good topic for you to expand upon as far as I am concerned. My work schedule is so frantic that I barely have time to get my first cup of tea in let alone plan anything for my blog. How DO people plan and prepare when their life is so hectic?

    • Thank you Angie – my question back to you is – is your life so hectic because you don’t plan?! It’s a tricky balance between being able to be spontaneous and having a grand plan – I fluctuate between the two – I have a plan of just three key things that really need to be achieved that day. That way, I finish the day knowing that I have completed the key urgent things, but it still leaves time for spontaneity. More to follow on tomorrow’s blog!

  3. As a woman newly (4 months) into business, I would love to read about women in business. I have crafted for many years working for other people or as a hobby on the side. Now I need to support myself using my skills having moved away from the place where I had lots of contacts. So scary!
    Good luck with your blog, and thank you for reminding me, I too have a book to write 🙂

  4. Lyn thank you for the mention and finding out where your perfect writing space might be.

    I laughed when you said about not knowing what to wear until you wake up… That is so true of me, I can plan all I like the night before, but…. when I wake up I will wear what my mood cries out for.

    Would love to see more about what to wear when you want to hide those ‘older’ bits…

  5. What a terrific idea and perfect way to get into the writing habit! Really looking forward to reading….

    Just like anything sometimes you’ll scribble for England & others nothing may come so go easy on yourself & if you find you’re writing 3 posts at once embrace it and store the extras for the quiet days!!!

    Good luck! xx

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