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Business Planning, not Plans

Planning

I don’t believe in plans. But planning is essential.

Plans involve making educated assumptions on what the convenient future could entail for your business. But why plan for a future that isn’t going to happen the way you planned it to? In most instances, people think predicting the future is hogwash, but strangely not when it comes to business.

Planning involves educating yourself on where you are going, developing a strategy for how you are going to get there, and a vision of what you want to experience along the way. You don’t need to predict the future, you just need to know there is a route.

Process, not Product

I’ve found answering these 10 questions on business planning is a solid foundation on which to build a sustainable strategy for growth.

10 Questions for Planning Your Innerpreneurial Business

A. What You’re Getting Out of It

1. Why are you starting the business?

2. What will sustain you in the business?

3. What do you need (physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually) for the business to optimally work?

B. What They’re Getting Out of It

4. Describe your product/service.

5. Who would want to buy your product/service?

6. What is their painful problem?

7. How do you solve that painful problem?

C. The Logistics

8. How will you create your product/service?

9. How will you get your first customer?

10. What will need to happen to take your business further?

photo credit: Brian Lane Winfield Moore

Hello! I’m Tara, a wizard of less obvious things. I love hearing from you, so please feel free to connect with me.

I deeply appreciate your support of my work—through allowing it to grow in your imagination, through sharing it with others, and through your financial support.

Thinking About My Self All the Time

My Self
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How Selfish. Egotistical. Narcissistic.

There is something scary about believing that wanting a Self is not selfish.

There’s something terrifying about admitting it’s our natural instinct towards a wholeness that is truly our birthright.

It makes us feel ashamed, judged, blamed. It makes us feel like helpless children.

How Evolutionary.

It’s a new movement for humans to recognize the value in having a Self. And the value in doing things in support of it.

Slowly, generation-ally, evolution-ally, we are waking to this concept. The Baby Boomers were the first batch of humans to understand that wanting a Self is a natural stage in our evolution.

And yet fifty or so years later, mainstream culture and religion still portray supporting a Self as a gluttonous and silly act.

Mock It If You Want

But the fact is We, the Baby Boomers children and grandchildren, are hungry for the truth. We are starved for messages of hope that give us permission to seek a Self. And for tools to help us experience more intimacy.

A Message of Hope

Us humans, we are inching our way towards a new vision of wholeness where we are more aware of what We can be. Slowly, we are building a culture that makes room for our Self to matter.

And by accepting our Self we are setting a rich foundation for a new kind of business, an Innerpreneurial kind of business, to take shape into a more sustainable world for Us all.

photo credit: Clara Zamith

Hello! I’m Tara, a wizard of less obvious things. I love hearing from you, so please feel free to connect with me.

I deeply appreciate your support of my work—through allowing it to grow in your imagination, through sharing it with others, and through your financial support.

What People Say

Bad Advice Kills Dead
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The Talk

It’s not always useful.

Be careful. Protect yourself. And your work.

You know what’s best. ‘Should’ is not a reason to do anything.

Advice isn’t helpful. Premature questions and assumptions are not your friends.

Be Discerning

Sharing something special with someone who is not discerning, or when you aren’t yet ready, is a risky move.

Talk takes energy. And if we aren’t careful, talk dilutes our feelings, and our passions.

It can be helpful, so very helpful, but only with the right person, and at the right time.

Make a Container

When anything is brought to life, at first, it needs a safe container from which to grow in the world. So do your ideas. They are valuable and they need your help. Shelter them.

When help is volunteered, make sure it comes from someone who’s perspective you value, and that what they say is actually helpful.

Sometimes it’s too early for feedback.

Sometimes the advice is just incorrect, inappropriate, or ill-conceived.

You don’t have to believe everything other people think. You don’t have to believe everything you think.

Bottom Line

Do They really know more about what you are doing than you do?

photo credit: Okinawa Soba

Hello! I’m Tara, a wizard of less obvious things. I love hearing from you, so please feel free to connect with me.

I deeply appreciate your support of my work—through allowing it to grow in your imagination, through sharing it with others, and through your financial support.

Fantastical Stories of Money and Fame

Fantastical

How much do you love them? In the business world, fantastical stories seem especially lauded.

Fast money. Overnight fame.

It just sounds so good, and so easy.

You can’t blame me for wanting it, or wanting to believe in it.

I’m a gambler by nature. After all, I started my own business. I’m all about risky choices. And I can’t help but hear fanciful success stories and want to believe them.

The problem is, I don’t. They’re bullshit.

Dreams made of speed.

Either they’re not telling me the truth, or they’re not telling them self the truth. Either way, something’s not adding up. Something stinks.

I see how quickly and easily history can re-write itself, how time can just disappear, especially when fiction is far more “impressive” than fact.

I understand, and am tempted by, the desire to re-write history. The story of speed, whether it truly applies or not, is a good and enticing one to tell. The media consistently pegs businesses and people who have worked away for 5-10 years as “overnight successes” when their brands do reach the mainstream.

And we eagerly consume such fantastical stories, selling them to our self and others.

They have an easy lure to them. They make our dreams much more convenient.

I want what I want and I want it now!

It’s nice to believe that you just need to want something bad enough. It’s nice to believe that hard work isn’t necessary. Intentions made in haste are what bullshit business dreams are made of.

Dreams made of reality.

Daily you grow, daily you take small steps, and daily you bring your business dreams to fruition.

Great businesses aren’t built on great ideas or great advisers or great publicity or great money, they’re built on great people with talent and character who are passionately committed to a goal. They’re built not on what you have, but on what you consistently do over time.

Slow, sustainable growth stories aren’t as fantastically splashy and glamorous as fast money and fame but they’re real, and the businesses built upon them last.

Time and energy is what your dreams are truly made of. But you probably don’t want to hear that story — it’s a tad long.

Hello! I’m Tara, a wizard of less obvious things. I love hearing from you, so please feel free to connect with me.

I deeply appreciate your support of my work—through allowing it to grow in your imagination, through sharing it with others, and through your financial support.

Nadia Ballas-Ruta: October 2010 Innerpreneur Spotlight

Nadia Ballas-Ruta, writer

Nadia Ballas-Ruta
Writer
Happy Lotus Lifestyles, LLC
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I am:

a writer and closet humanitarian who is on a mission to help save the world. I am the product of a mixed religious and ethnic marriage. My parents gave me the freedom to pick whichever religion I wanted to follow. As a result, I ended up studying them all and realizing that we are more alike than we are different. I am also a former monastic and lawyer. I am also a wife, daughter and friend to many.

My passion is for:

helping to promote tolerance and compassion via my work as a writer. A mother in America wants the same things for her children as does a mother in India or in Europe. We all desire shelter, food, security and love.

My business helps you:

to expand your awareness and realize that you have the power to change the world every single day of your life.

My biggest challenge is:

finding the time to do all the things that I want to do. I love to travel. I also love to write and have numerous ideas floating in my head. I just need more time to make these things all happen but I am working on it. I am better at it now than I was a year ago.

I make a difference by:

being real and breaking down barriers. I think it is really important to treat your audience with respect and how you respect your audience is by being authentic. None of us has all the answers. We are all works in progress and the learning never ends. I have learned a lot in my life but I am still learning and I share that authenticity with my readers. People are not stupid. They know when someone is being real and when they are not.

This leads me to barriers. For reasons unknown to us, human beings have an amazing ability to make life more complicated than it needs to be. In order to become extraordinary, you have to develop accurate perception. So I help break down barriers and show people another way to look at life and the potential that lies within them.

I have lots of ideas about:

everything but primarily about how to best help people become extraordinary so that they can do what they can to help make the world a better place.

My first passion in life has always been writing. I think of myself as a writer and artist and have been that ever since I was a teenager. Most of my thought process is rooted in creativity. My belief is that inspiration is everywhere. So whenever I go out into the world, I see something that gives me an idea or serves as an inspiration. My head is full of all kinds of ideas for videos, audio recordings, e-books, blog posts and so much more.

My advice would be:

do what you love and don’t worry about money. It took me a long time to fully comprehend this piece of advice which was given to me by my dad years ago. When you love what you do, the Universe has a magical way of providing you with what you need. Many times people put money above passion and then they think when they have enough money, they will follow their passion. I have yet to see someone actually do that. Life is short and there is no logical reason why you have to be miserable. So do what you love and surrender the outcome.

“The pain that’s created by avoiding hard work is actually much worse than any pain created from the actual work itself. Because if you don’t begin to work on those ideas that God has blessed you with, they will become stagnant inside of you and eventually begin to eat away at you. You might seem OK on the outside, but inside you will be ill from not getting those ideas out of your heart and into the world. Stalling leads to sickness. But taking steps, even baby steps, always leads to success.”
– Russell Simmons

If you would you like to be considered for an upcoming “Innerpreneur Spotlight”, email me.

Hello! I’m Tara, a wizard of less obvious things. I love hearing from you, so please feel free to connect with me.

I deeply appreciate your support of my work—through allowing it to grow in your imagination, through sharing it with others, and through your financial support.