First Impressions, Goal setting, Lyn Bromley

I completed the Ultimate Blog Challenge!

UBC-completed-smallI made it to blog number 30, so I am celebrating today!
It has been quite a journey and I can’t believe that it is over already. It is said that to create a habit it takes 21 days to bed the habit in. Writing has definitely become a habit and one that is here to stay. I won’t be blogging every day in future, but I will be continuing to write. It has shown me that little and often soon builds momentum and before long I will have a whole book to show for it. It has also been really useful to see which topics people have responded to and commented on, that has been great learning. So if you have ‘liked’ or commented – thank you so much, it means a lot.
Achieving our goals is a form of completion – it shows us what we can do when we put our minds to it and it motivates us to achieve even more.
So what have I got out of the ultimate blog challenge?
• I have realised that I can write – not just because I have written, but because lots of people have told me so – thank you!
• I have always had the feeling that I would write a book one day – that day is approaching faster!
• Part of the concept of the UBC was to read and comment on two other blogs – I stumbled across blogs that I would never have found otherwise and really enjoyed reading them.
• Several of my friends were in the challenge, so we commented on each other’s too – that has been great – I have got to know them better and have learned so much more about a topic that I was completely ignorant of – Autism – my heart goes out to all parents of autistic children – please be understanding and patient if a child isn’t your definition of a model child – they may have autism – suspend judgement. I have thoroughly enjoyed your blogs Nadine, Caroline, Harriet and Jacqui.

Thank you too for all of my lovely supportive First Impressions Consultants who have given me support, feedback and encouragement and of course my fabulous family too,
What have you been putting off for a while that could be achieved by setting a goal or an intention to do it? I am happy to hold you accountable!

It’s been great sharing my thoughts with you!

Until the next time


Lyn Bromley MFIPI, ACMA –  Managing Director, First Impressions

 Lyn Bromley is Managing Director of First Impressions Training Ltd and a Master of The Federation of Image Professionals International. (FIPI)  She is also Membership Director of FIPI and a leader of Achiever’s Academy for Women.

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Achiever's Academy for Women, First Impressions, Goal setting, Leadership, Lyn Bromley, Women in business

Achiever’s Academy for Women

Some of our fabulous AAW leaders - we do have lots of fun!

Some of our fabulous AAW leaders – we do have lots of fun!

What a fabulous day I have had!  I spent this morning leading a group of wonderful business women at our Achiever’s Academy for Women in Kenilworth.  We are all either business owners or senior women within business.  Today we were sharing ideas about being confident in communicating.  With many communication experts in the group we certainly had lots to share!

Personally, I have loved being a member of the founding Warwick group for the last two years.  I have made some great friends, we have done business with each other and most importantly we are always there to support each other, sharing in successes and cheering each other on with any challenges.  It is both challenging and supportive in equal measures.

Running my own business can be rewarding and also the most challenging thing I have ever embarked upon!  Having a group of experienced business women to share ideas and thoughts with is fantastic.  It is like having your own board of directors to bounce ideas around with.  If there is something you are thinking of doing, you can bet that one of the members has already been there and done it, or can point you in the right direction to their own trusted advisers.

I decided to set up my own group so I could spread the great benefits that AAW provides.  We launched in February and  today was the second of our official monthly meetings.  It was a fantastic end to the week and a great start to the weekend.

Following a lovely lunch with some of our members at The Woodside in Kenilworth, I went to pick up our daughter and our dog who had both been staying at Grandmas for a few days, so pleased to have them both home!

Wishing you a wonderful weekend,


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,