As we head into the last month of 2012 it is a great time to review and reflect on how the year has gone for us. As things slow down in the run up to Christmas it’s a good idea to take some time every day to look back over our work and personal diaries and give ourselves a pat in the pack for our achievements. It is also very important though to look at what we hoped to achieve and did not and ask ourselves why? Do we need to approach this task differently? Sometimes we just have to leave something’s if they did not work out. Our intuition will tell us what is important enough to try again and what we may have to let go of. Doing this in December gives us the head space to have dealt with last year’s successes and mistakes before we move forward with our goals for 2013. And remember there in no such thing as failure only feedback!
In November Positive Parties Fonder Denise Devlin gave inspirational presentations at 2 schools, Oakgrove College as part of Future Camp 2012 (careers day) and St Mary’s College as part or Entrepreneur Week. Denise was delighted to do this as she believes so many pupils have so much talent and creative ideas and if encouraged at schools to explore them, this can be transformational in the career path they may or may not choose to follow. In her presentation Denise covered 8 main points that lead her to follow her heart and set up Positive Parties Limited. They are as follows:
1. Dream – visualize what you want your business to be like & dream big. Denise’s dream for Positive Parties becoming a franchise business is steadily but surely becoming a reality.
2. Do what you love – if you love something, follow your passion so that you are doing something every day that you really enjoy and it so fantastic when you can actually get paid for it too.
3. Keep it Simple – new ideas don’t have to be complicated. Look at Positive Parties, workshops delivered in a unique ‘party style’ setting. Simple, but no one had ever thought about it ever before!
4. Make mistakes & learn from them – if you don’t make mistakes how will you learn & know how to perfect your product or service. Making mistakes & plenty of them are essential to being an entrepreneur.
5. Be unique – you don’t have to follow the crowd, Denise never did. She says she always felt different at the Grammar School she attended but realises now she was full of creative ideas that just need to mature and when they were ready to emerge, they did.
6. Have FUN – Running your own business can be scary & daunting but as long as you are having FUN, most of the time, then it makes it all worthwhile.
7. Take Action – No point in having a brilliant idea but being too fearful to go ahead with it, or worse still not doing it because you feel you aren’t ready until you have your logo, website etc up running! Denise delivered her first Positive Party with no logo, no website & just the name Positive Parties written up on a flip chart!
8. Gain knowledge from like minded people – read books, join a network, talk to people in your field and ask them for their advice, how they set up and what they would do if they had to do it all again.
We delivered Positive Parties this month to our loyal customers SureStart who keep asking us back to delivering at the end of ever Health Promoting Homes Programme. We also started a Positive Programme with a group of young adults in Step Up supported living and both they and us are enjoying this so much.
A break through this month was to deliver a Positive Parties workshop to a political party. The SDLP were first on board and we had such a positive and fun evening with local branch who were up for learning and enjoying themselves in this team building session. We are now getting the other political parties on board so that we can deliver to them all. Then maybe a big Positive Party where they all come together as the song goes ‘wouldn’t that be wonderful!!’
So December is busy at the beginning of the month with our usual delivery to schools, business’s & communities but then we slow down for Christmas and lots of admin tasks have to be tidied up before we head into 2013.
So for 2013 don’t forget when planning staff training/student workshops/motivational talks with a difference may we be the first you contact. Send email to firstname.lastname@example.org or phone PPHQ on 0044 2881659505 mobile 0044 7790793130