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Do you have goals, or are they dreams?

13 Aug

Author Mary Anne Graham wrote a blog on the difference between goals and dreams, in which she says:

 “Winning the lottery is a dream.  Making a living as a full-time romance novelist is a goal”

Lottery Balls

A dream is a lovely ‘maybe’ place that we visit to escape reality, for example, seeing all 6 of your numbers come out for the national lottery. It’s a great thing to imagine. You plan how you would spend all of that money, who you would help, what you would buy.

A goal is a target you plan, plot and work to reach, and the work can be hard and relentless at times. This can be a problem.

It’s so easy when creating another hopefully interesting post in order to gain more ‘likes’ on your business Facebook account, to start looking at what your friends are posting, and dream of lazing on that Caribbean beach that your cousin is posing on, drinking rum cocktails and sailing on your yacht.

That will never happen unless you improve your networking, get out there and sell, sell, sell your product or service, and then work, work, work to get the income and repeat business.

It’s easy when adapting your CV for the 50th time and writing yet another ‘stand out’ cover letter to a company you long to work for, to give up, ask yourself if it’s really worth it, go get a cup of hot chocolate and dream about being spotted in the street by the managing director who begs you to come and work for her.

It’s easier to listen to your won’t than your will.

Mary Anne says that “Sometime, when I wasn’t looking, my goals sneaked back into my closet and put on a fuzzy robe and slippers.”

Does this happen to you? Do your goals slip into dreams and stop you getting that job, or starting that business?

As Mary Anne Graham says:

“Whatever your dreams are – do you want to keep them in fuzzy robes and slippers or do you want to suit ‘em up and put ‘em to work?  And if you think your dreams are already goals – be sure to take frequent time to check up on yourself.  Keep your goals in work clothes because no one ever crossed the finish line in fuzzy slippers.”

Mary Anne Graham is a lawyer in California and a Romance writer. She has published books in her own name and her alter ego Olivia Outlaw. Her blog is called Quacking Alone.  http://www.quackingalone.com

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How To Build A Business From Your Bedroom

4 Mar

I just found these great case studies and practical tips on setting up a business from your bedroom on gothinkbig.co.uk.

How to build a business from your bedroomBuild a business from your bedroom!

National Careers Week

Happy New Year!

31 Dec

What a year it’s been!  At Opportunity Plus South West we have met some amazing customers this year with a massive range of ideas.  It’s been such an honour to be a part of each and every one of these journeys, however big or small our part in them.  It’s safe to say that we are as excited as the customer when they do take the plunge and register as self employed, and we love seeing all these new businesses get off the ground.

Thank you to all of the businesses that have featured on this blog so far:

Hose Solutions Ltd

Rocket & Co.

Leah Brookes – Tattoo Artist

L.A Barbers

Maternity Leavers

Sophie Duffy – Author

Seashore Ceramics

Anita Goff – Usborne Books

Caroline Cannon – The Pampered Chef

Gosling

Lewah – DJ

Helen Birtwhistle – Travel Counsellor

The Very Vintage Hire Company

Just for Tiny People

2013 (I’m going to need to practice writing that!) promises to be another exciting year for us, with some new projects on the way.  We look forward to meeting and working with lots more inspirational entrepreneurs next year.

Happy New Year!  See you on the other side…