If you talk about it, it's a dream, if you envision it, it's possible, but if you schedule it, it's real. - Tony Robbins
Our first brunch event went really well. We were so pleased that we had attendees from both Wanstead and Tottenham- it is great to think that people outside the borough have heard of what we’re up to!
As usual, the idea was to create a relaxing, inclusive space in which we felt free to talk openly and honestly. Although there was some trepidation around the formality of planning a business, everyone warmed to the subject thanks to Nat’s inspiring exercises.
Interestingly, what seemed to come up was that some of us felt a certain amount of emotional resistance when faced with writing a business plan. We realised that it may be helpful to try approaching it in a more visual way if that’s something you feel more comfortable with.
Someone also said they felt quite emotional talking about the vision they have for their business, which shows that it can be a fairly sensitive subject. For some, it is the culmination of a lifetime of soul-searching. Putting your dreams into action is extremely daring when you think about it. No wonder we feel resistance!
The challenge is to think expansively, dream big, then break it down into achievable stages. We all want to be efficient and make more money and it is only with a well thought through plan that you can achieve these things. Once the plan is there it will give you the freedom to run with your ideas and be assured that your short term goals are aligned with your long-term vision.
We highly recommend that you take the time to do this. Turn it into a project! And most importantly remember to ask for help. Post to our Facebook group if you feel you need someone to check in / meet up with every so often, and if you have any questions then that is a great place to ask. Have a look at our 'Useful stuff' page for some links on how to start.
What people said
'A great introduction to business planning and strategy - lots to be thinking about and the kickstart I needed to progressing my business'
'A relaxed, informative session with a supportive group of businesswomen. Not been to anything like it before. Has really opened my eyes as to what/how I should be thinking and planning'
'Brilliant session for new business owners. I have gained a lot of clarity about where I'm going and what to focus on next'