How to Create Your (Salon’s) Personalized 2014 Action Plan


“A goal without a plan is just a wish.”

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

If you’re tired of wishing, and hoping and things just not going your way, it may be time to make a plan!  The problem is, most of us were never really taught how to make a plan.  I don’t remember a class in school called Planning 101, do you?

Anyway, I’ll share with you 5 steps that I’ve found helpful in planning.  Maybe there will be something that’s helpful to you to help you move toward your goals over the next couple of months.

  1. Visualize – If you close your eyes, think ahead and pretend it’s December of 2014, where do you want to be?  Where do you see yourself?  Who’s there with you?  What’s surrounding you?  In short, what does your ideal life look like a year from now?  This is the time to let your imagination run wild.
  2. Identify 3 goals – working on 3 goals – maybe a personal, a career and a spiritual one for the year – can be a big undertaking.  Sometimes we think we need 10 or 20 goals to feel like we’re accomplishing something, but more often than not, we get scattered and accomplish little.  If that sounds like you, why not give yourself the gift of focus for 2014?  After all, you can always add more once those are complete!
  3. Identify your 3 biggest challenges – These are the things that keep you up at night.  The things that make you say, ‘If only this were different, my life would be different’.  Sometimes we can change the situation and other times we have to adjust ourselves to things that we cannot change.  But putting your head in the sand and acting like they don’t exist probably won’t get you closer to your goals.  Working through them will often clear the way for a new opportunity to emerge.
  4. Identify the obstacles to reaching your goals – ‘What’s standing in your way?’  Do you need more education?  More support?  Someone to assist you?  Someone to be accountable to, to hold your feet to the fire to take the consistent actions that are needed to reach your goals?  As much as we would like to, most often, we can’t do it alone.  Identify the obstacles and look for support in getting over, around or under them!  Your goals are worth the effort!
  5. Identify the first 3 steps for each goal – This is where the thinking comes in.  If it’s something that you’ve never done before, you may need to find someone who can guide you.  When I knew I wanted to own a Salon, I sought a Salon Owner who would be willing to ‘show me the ropes’, tell me ‘What are the first steps that I need to do?’, etc.  How does the saying go, “Even the longest journey, begins with a single step”.

BONUS:    Once you’ve determined which steps to take, the next step is to put them on your calendar.  That’s right, schedule them now.  Remember to be consistent and persistent and watch your dreams turn into your reality.

Keep reaching for the Stars,

Miki Wright

Salon Business Coach

Raleigh, NC



P.S.  If you’d like to find out more about planning for a successful 2014, join me on Tuesday, December 10th at 8:30pm for a FREE Tele-Class on “3 Keys to Salon Success in 2014”.  Visit

P.S.S.  If you found these tips helpful, but are still having a time creating your plan, why not get some support around it?  Isn’t your year much to valuable to leave it to chance?  I’m offering a special 1 on1 ‘2014 Action Planning Session!  It’s a 1 hour private session for only $99.  If you’d like to set one up or to get more info, call 301-518-4070 or email


Miki Wright recently received “The Legend Award” by Bronner Bros. International Beauty Shows and with more than 23 years’ experience as Stylist, Salon and Spa Owner and now Salon Business Coach, she is considered one of the top authorities in the Beauty Industry. She is the author of the “$ecrets of the Millionaire Stylist!” Series “The Ultimate Guide to Building a Thriving Clientele” and “Get More Clients, Make More Money, FAST!” and “Seeds for the Future; The Stylist Guide to Financial Success” as well as the creator of which is featured in the December 2008 issue of Beauty Store Business Magazine. Wright, known for her down to earth style, is the former owner of Fabulous Finishes Salon and Day Spa in Silver Spring, MD, featured in Essence and Washingtonian Magazines and selected by Salon Today magazine for three consecutive years as one of the 200 fastest growing salons in the country!

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