Business Planning For Therapists That's Inspiring !

I know, I know…the very thought of writing a business plan can make your heart sink. You probably think of pages of text and graphs and boring stats and numbers. You know, the kind of thing you’d nervously push across the desk to a bank officer in hopes of securing a loan.

And there is a time when you need exactly that but that’s not the kind of business plan that will get you fired up and moving forward at the beginning of the year.


The practice of gratitude as a tool for happiness has been in the mainstream for years. Long-term studies support gratitude’s effectiveness, suggesting that a positive, appreciative attitude contributes to greater success in work, greater health, peak performance in sports and business, a higher sense of well-being, and a faster rate of recovery from surgery. 

But while we may acknowledge gratitude’s many benefits, it still can be difficult to sustain. So many of us are trained to notice what is broken, undone or lacking in our lives. And for gratitude to meet its full healing potential in our lives, it needs to become more than just a Thanksgiving word. We have to learn a new way of looking at things, a new habit. And that can take some time.

That’s why practicing gratitude makes so much sense. When we practice giving thanks for all we have, instead of complaining about what we lack, we give ourselves the chance to see all of life as an opportunity and a blessing. 

Remember that gratitude isn’t a blindly optimistic approach in which the bad things in life are whitewashed or ignored. It’s more a matter of where we put our focus and attention. Pain and injustice exist in this world, but when we focus on the gifts of life, we gain a feeling of well-being. Gratitude balances us and gives us hope. 

There are many things to be grateful for: colorful autumn leaves, legs that work, friends who listen and really hear, chocolate, fresh eggs, warm jackets, tomatoes, the ability to read, roses, our health, butterflies. What’s on your list? 

Some Ways to Practice Gratitude 

•  Keep a gratitude journal in which you list things for which you are thankful. You can make daily, weekly or monthly lists. Greater frequency may be better for creating a new habit, but just keeping that journal where you can see it will remind you to think in a grateful way. 

•  Make a gratitude collage by drawing or pasting pictures. 
 
•  Practice gratitude around the dinner table or make it part of your nighttime routine. 

•  Make a game of finding the hidden blessing in a challenging situation.

•  When you feel like complaining, make a gratitude list instead. You may be amazed by how much better you feel. 

•  Notice how gratitude is impacting your life. Write about it, sing about it, express thanks for gratitude.

As you practice, an inner shift begins to occur, and you may be delighted to discover how content and hopeful you are feeling. That sense of fulfillment is gratitude at work.


Author’s content used with permission, © Claire Communications

Business Planning …with a twist

What if you could plan your Private Practice using  colorful photos and inspirational quotes and phrases instead? What if you were able to go all ‘Walt Disney’ and create an amazing story board and plan out the year ahead as you would like to see it unfold.  What would that do for your motivation?


The practice of gratitude as a tool for happiness has been in the mainstream for years. Long-term studies support gratitude’s effectiveness, suggesting that a positive, appreciative attitude contributes to greater success in work, greater health, peak performance in sports and business, a higher sense of well-being, and a faster rate of recovery from surgery. 

But while we may acknowledge gratitude’s many benefits, it still can be difficult to sustain. So many of us are trained to notice what is broken, undone or lacking in our lives. And for gratitude to meet its full healing potential in our lives, it needs to become more than just a Thanksgiving word. We have to learn a new way of looking at things, a new habit. And that can take some time.

That’s why practicing gratitude makes so much sense. When we practice giving thanks for all we have, instead of complaining about what we lack, we give ourselves the chance to see all of life as an opportunity and a blessing. 

Remember that gratitude isn’t a blindly optimistic approach in which the bad things in life are whitewashed or ignored. It’s more a matter of where we put our focus and attention. Pain and injustice exist in this world, but when we focus on the gifts of life, we gain a feeling of well-being. Gratitude balances us and gives us hope. 

There are many things to be grateful for: colorful autumn leaves, legs that work, friends who listen and really hear, chocolate, fresh eggs, warm jackets, tomatoes, the ability to read, roses, our health, butterflies. What’s on your list? 

Some Ways to Practice Gratitude 

•  Keep a gratitude journal in which you list things for which you are thankful. You can make daily, weekly or monthly lists. Greater frequency may be better for creating a new habit, but just keeping that journal where you can see it will remind you to think in a grateful way. 

•  Make a gratitude collage by drawing or pasting pictures. 
 
•  Practice gratitude around the dinner table or make it part of your nighttime routine. 

•  Make a game of finding the hidden blessing in a challenging situation.

•  When you feel like complaining, make a gratitude list instead. You may be amazed by how much better you feel. 

•  Notice how gratitude is impacting your life. Write about it, sing about it, express thanks for gratitude.

As you practice, an inner shift begins to occur, and you may be delighted to discover how content and hopeful you are feeling. That sense of fulfillment is gratitude at work.


Author’s content used with permission, © Claire Communications

Well that’s exactly what a vision board will do for you. As you collect images that represent your dreams and aspirations, you’ll be doing two things;

  1. You’ll activate your own, very powerful ‘Google’ system.   It’s called a Reticular Activation System and it’s job is to actively seek out the things you deem as important.   In days gone by, this is the system that would have helped us stay safe and find food.
  2.  You will have a constant reminder of where it is you’re going and why you started your business in the first place. You might want to spend more time with your children as they’re growing up, or have enough money to visit exotic places or buy a house.

None of these things will find a place in a traditional business plan, and yet these represent your big ‘Why’ and it is that, and only that, which will get you out of bed on a cold, wet, dark Monday morning.

Your vision is critical to your long-term success. Without your dreams and a strong ‘why’,  maintaining focus and momentum for the growth of your Practice will be an uphill struggle, but  these reminders will pull you forward on the coldest, wettest and darkest days.

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Is this just Unicorn poop?
Are you a little skeptical? Maybe you think that, although it sounds like fun, you don’t have time to mess around because you’ve got work to do? Well you’re not alone. It’s a common misconception that success starts by focusing on numbers and stats, and, although I agree 100% that we must take our responsibilities seriously, that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t tap into our creativity and enjoy the process of designing the kind of business and lifestyle that we want.

In fact, some of the most successful people in the world routinely use vision boards to help clarify their dreams and keep their goals front of mind.   And that’s precisely why vision boards work so well. They allow you to easily see exactly what it is you’re working toward and place your focus on what is important to you.

visualisation and goal setting played a major part in creating  Sara's success

By keeping visual reminders within sight, you’re constantly aware of your “why,” and that’s a powerful motivator, no matter what you’re working on.

Of course, no banker is going to accept your vision board as proof of viability and give you a loan based on it. But when it comes to clarifying your dreams, pinpointing your real goals, and getting excited about your business again, you just can’t beat a personal, colorful vision board.

But Don't Stop There.....Now You're All Fired Up.

It's Time To Add Your Action Steps!

Success Does Not Happen By Accident

Behind every successful Practitioner, you will  discover a clear vision and a plan.   Once you've identified what you want, it's time to add a plan of action and then work that plan.  

Be The Bough That Bends


Brace yourself....your first plan probably won't work as you expect!!  And your second one will need tweaking.  That's OK and that's when you need to focus on your 'Why' and  keep moving forward.  

1.  Create a plan you feel is right for you.

2.  Establish a daily morning routine to work on your Practice 

3.  Set your priorities using  planners, a journal and checklists.

4.  Reflect, review and revise.

5.  Follow your plan.

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Without Compromising Your Values

Without Learning To Speak HTML

Without Working 24/7



The practice of gratitude as a tool for happiness has been in the mainstream for years. Long-term studies support gratitude’s effectiveness, suggesting that a positive, appreciative attitude contributes to greater success in work, greater health, peak performance in sports and business, a higher sense of well-being, and a faster rate of recovery from surgery. 

But while we may acknowledge gratitude’s many benefits, it still can be difficult to sustain. So many of us are trained to notice what is broken, undone or lacking in our lives. And for gratitude to meet its full healing potential in our lives, it needs to become more than just a Thanksgiving word. We have to learn a new way of looking at things, a new habit. And that can take some time.

That’s why practicing gratitude makes so much sense. When we practice giving thanks for all we have, instead of complaining about what we lack, we give ourselves the chance to see all of life as an opportunity and a blessing. 

Remember that gratitude isn’t a blindly optimistic approach in which the bad things in life are whitewashed or ignored. It’s more a matter of where we put our focus and attention. Pain and injustice exist in this world, but when we focus on the gifts of life, we gain a feeling of well-being. Gratitude balances us and gives us hope. 

There are many things to be grateful for: colorful autumn leaves, legs that work, friends who listen and really hear, chocolate, fresh eggs, warm jackets, tomatoes, the ability to read, roses, our health, butterflies. What’s on your list? 

Some Ways to Practice Gratitude 

•  Keep a gratitude journal in which you list things for which you are thankful. You can make daily, weekly or monthly lists. Greater frequency may be better for creating a new habit, but just keeping that journal where you can see it will remind you to think in a grateful way. 

•  Make a gratitude collage by drawing or pasting pictures. 
 
•  Practice gratitude around the dinner table or make it part of your nighttime routine. 

•  Make a game of finding the hidden blessing in a challenging situation.

•  When you feel like complaining, make a gratitude list instead. You may be amazed by how much better you feel. 

•  Notice how gratitude is impacting your life. Write about it, sing about it, express thanks for gratitude.

As you practice, an inner shift begins to occur, and you may be delighted to discover how content and hopeful you are feeling. That sense of fulfillment is gratitude at work.


Author’s content used with permission, © Claire Communications

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Luana@Business School For Therapists

Because personal development tools, N.L.P. and Hypnotherapy helped me create a successful business which changed the direction of my life for the better, I now specialise in showing Therapists and Coaches like you, how to reach and support more clients without working 24/7, compromising your values or having to learn to speak Geek. And I do this by teaching you how to develop a head for business that is always guided by your Therapists heart. I think of myself as a rebel with a cause...and that cause is to make sure that you learn how to make it as easy as possible for the people who need you most to find you quickly.

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