Business Betty: how to turn dreams into plans

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We all have dreams right? Those little ideas that blossom in our minds, as we make tea at work, or as we’re falling asleep. But how many days, weeks, months or years have you spent imagining how absolutely wonderful it would be to run your own business, work for x company, relocate to your favourite city or whatever it is you’ve been dreaming?

A dream alone, though, isn’t going to get you far my friend. What you need is a plan.

So am gonna take you through, Business Betty style how to take a dream and turn into a plan. This means that what’s in your head can become reality…it doesn’t just have to be something you daydream about.

1) Write down your dreams i.e:

This is the scariest bit for a lot of people. Like admitting to your dreams can be a big thing..sometimes you might think they sound ridiculous. But don’t insult yourself that way, write them down, no one else has to see them do they? I like to give a time frame of this too. So like:

  • I want to be in promoted to xxx role within the next year.
  • I want to move to xx by the summer of 2016.
  • I want to start my own business within the next year

2. Give Yourself a Deadline

As you can see from the above, giving yourself a time frame (realistic) allows you to really hone in on the goal. It makes it seem more possible. But do yourself a favour and know it’s ok to actually move these deadlines if you need to. Nothing is set in stone – so don’t be too hard on yourself ok?

3.Write Down the Steps to Get You There (break it down)

With the deadlines I mentioned above, it’s also good to make sure you have mini deadlines factored in. But first you need to break down the steps to getting to your goal and give each of them mini deadlines.

So let’s take the ‘starting your own business’ goal, maybe some of your steps to get there might look like this:

  1. Save enough money to be able to live for six months while working on the business (Feb 2016 deadline)
  2. Get three clients before I quit my job, all signed up to contracts (Jan 2016)
  3. Have someone create my website before I launch (Jan 2016)
  4. Set up social media channels and start populating these before launch (Dec 2015)

4. Visualise your goal

I don’t know if this will work for you, but for me with my new digital agency, I created a whole Pinterest board visualising an office where my team and I could be. It really helped me visualise where I wanted to be you know? I also wrote a page on my ideal day, like what I’d be wearing, what I’d be doing, who would be with me, where I’d eat lunch. I’d write this all down, until bed time. Re-reading that really helps me focus!

You see? So you can start to take mini steps to really getting to where you want to be.

Do you have any other tips to add to this? Let me know!

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  • Jemma

    Such a good post :)
    I’m currently working on my own business startup. I’m on the market research stage.
    Thanks for the tips!

    • SarahBetty

      That’s so cool – what sort of business?? xx