Dare to Dream: Creating a Plan for Your Dream Life and Business

I’m really excited to share how you can unleash your vision and create your dream life and business.

When I first started my business, I was fortunate enough to attend a vision and planning workshop.

It was really transformational because you need a deep fire within, to sustain you on this journey of entrepreneurship.

And I want to light that flame in you!

It’s hard to find time in our busy day-to-day lives to really think about what we want. And, if you’re like me, you might struggle to find a ‘proper’ answer when someone asks, “What do you want?” The first answer that comes to mind for me can be going for a walk or making time for yoga.

And that’s okay. My big mission for my business is still burning bright, and I want to have an impact, but I also want to create the space to relax and do other things I enjoy too.

Have faith

I love the story of Carrie Green from the Female Entrepreneur Society. She worked for two years, sharing female entrepreneur stories. Gaining absolutely no income from it. Everyone said she was crazy and that she should go and get a job. She had loads of money blocks and just couldn’t bear charging for her services. Well, she overcame those money blocks and her company is now generating millions of pounds every year!

To be a successful entrepreneur, you have to be prepared to start from nothing. And that is really hard. Zero followers. Zero email list. It can be even harder when you have been really successful in your previous career.

And you have to be patient and give it time to grow. It takes commitment to persevere when it feels like things aren’t moving quickly enough.

What do you want?

Take some time to really think about this. And write it down, to help you to crystallize what you really want.

It might not be the obvious things. It could be basic things that you realise are actually already in your power to achieve, whether it’s putting the support in place to go on holiday without being distracted by the pull of work, or making time to learn to play the piano.

Make it happen

So now let’s take the next step and craft a detailed plan of your dream life. You could choose a specific timeline, i.e. two years, five years, or even 10 years.

Or, you can focus on the vision itself without worrying about the timeframe, as putting dates on it can be stressful for some.

I always say the goal is not about reaching the goal by that timeframe, it’s about being brave enough to set the goal in the first place and get closer to it than you would have if you hadn’t set that goal.

Don’t beat yourself up if you don’t hit your goals, celebrate the fact that you’re working towards them, even if you’re a bit late.

When you’re crafting your plan, be daring. Disregard practicality for now.

We spend plenty of time considering what’s realistic and this exercise is about dreaming without limits.

So, really think about that vision. Now, describe your physical environment. What does your career look like? Your relationships, health, finances, your personal growth?

Write it all down. You can always change it along the way.

It’s your North Star, reminding you that you can do this. So have fun with it. Let your creativity flow.

There’s lots of evidence proving that writing your goals down makes you much more likely to achieve them.

Speaking your dreams into existence is a really powerful act, so read your vision aloud to yourself twice a day. Notice how you react to your own words. Do you feel resistance or disbelief? Does it resonate as a future that feels within reach?

If you do feel discomfort or doubt, don’t be discouraged, keep writing and reading your vision aloud, until it becomes familiar and comfortable because it has become normal to you.

And, remember, there’s no right or wrong answer to the “What do you want?” question. Your vision is unique to you.

It may align with norms or it may challenge them.

I grew up being told you need to get a proper job, stay there until you retire, then get your pension. That’s what I did for the first 20 years of my career. It never occurred to me to be an entrepreneur, because it had been drummed into me to get a job.

Find like-minded people

Seek out people to share your vision with, who also dream big rather than says, “Oh, don’t be so ridiculous. You’re never going to make that happen.”

It can ironically be those who love us the most, our closest family and friends, who put a

dampener on things, because they want to keep us safe and they don’t want us to be disappointed.

You’re also changing massively when you start your own business. It’s an empowering process that is likely to lead to huge personal growth, and change can be unsettling for those close to you.

So, collaboration and connection with the right community you build around you will make your journey more enjoyable and fruitful.

Take your steps to success

Now you have your detailed vision, it’s time to identify the first steps that you can take to bring it closer to becoming your reality.

Break it down into actionable goals and create a plan to start moving in that direction.

And remember that every single journey begins with those tiny steps.

When I reflect back on my own journey, the first thing I did was host a women’s workshop on Zoom. I put it out on my personal Facebook page because I had no other social media presence at that point.

It felt so raw and vulnerable to put myself out there, but fortunately 10 amazing women attended! I had never hosted anything like that before and it really was a turnaround point in my business.

I got great testimonials straight away, and I met people who needed my help and wanted my services.

Another step on my journey was being a speaker at a large live event at the o2. And my most recent one was my Dare Greatly in-person event. It was a new experience and I was petrified of running it, but I’m so glad I did as it went brilliantly and I can see that this could be an integral part of my business in the future.

So, remember, these small steps can completely transform your business.

What steps are you going to take to achieve your vision and your goals?

What tools are you going to need?

Think about what resources, skills or support you might need along the way.

Are there courses or training programmes that can help you to acquire any new knowledge you need?

Can you seek mentorship or guidance from someone who’s already achieved a similar vision?

Identify what blockers are potentially in your way and come up with some strategies to overcome them.

Keep connected to your vision

How can you create reminders and affirmations to keep you connected to your vision?

For me, my goals are still pinned up on my wall. They’re always there.

However works best for you, allow yourself to visualise your vision as often as you can, and engage your senses and emotions.

There are some great meditations and visualisation exercises you can find on YouTube. They can be incredibly powerful in helping you to be in touch with how you will feel when you achieve your goals.

Stay open

Finally, remember that your dream and vision may evolve over time.

As you grow and learn, and as your business expands, you may start to want different things. So, have the courage to chase your dreams and dare greatly in going after what you want.

Daring greatly requires a lot of courage and puts you ahead of the 99% of the population who are too scared to try.

Get the love and support you need to make it happen

If you’d like my help to implement this so you make a difference AND make a living you can learn more about how I can help you here.

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