Leni is a marketing & strategy expert and conscious event curator with 18+ years of experience. Her specialty is producing wellness retreats, private retreats, niche masterclasses, educational conferences, and immersive experiences from head to toe.
A Year of Success: The Power of Self-Regulation in Annual Planning
As I sit down to outline the strategies for a successful year ahead, I’m compelled to reflect on the journey that has unfolded. What a remarkable year it’s been!
My growth has been exponential, reaching heights that were once beyond my imagination. The seeds of 2023’s success were planted in the last months 2022. I embraced new opportunities, like speaking at the Women Thrive Summit, where I shared my vision for profitable and heart-centered retreats.
Hi! Let me introduce myself! I am Leni and I started planning events when I was 15, and I haven´t stopped since! My love for events evolved over time into something more powerful. It was retreats, a container for rapid & deep transformation!
My own retreat adventure led me to explore many modalities, which healed, expanded and transformed me. If you have hosted or attended a retreat, you know what I am talking about.
After this deep, healing transformation, I founded The Retreat Planner to help spiritual entrepreneurs dive deep into their gifts and run profitable & heart-centered retreats. Ohhhh and slashing limiting beliefs around money! Isn´t that cool?
Teaching you how to make your own business or wellness retreat profitable is one of my favorite things to do.
My areas of expertise include strategic planning, coaching, and loyalty marketing.
In fact, I was part of the Marriott Bonvoy launch team for the Middle East & Africa. Having planned over 80 retreats, I want to show you how to do it, too!
My previous clients include Dr Joe Dispenza, Xuan Lan, Ghurmukh, and many other transformational and spiritual coaches.
Now, let’s dive into the essentials of proactive business planning. For those familiar with Daniel Goleman’s “Emotional Intelligence Book,” I am diving deep into the second step, and exploring its influence on entrepreneurship.
Firstly, we must understand self-regulation. Andrea Bell of GoodTherapy.org offers a clear definition: “control [of oneself] by oneself” (2016). Imagine resisting the temptation to devour an entire chocolate cake—that’s self-regulation in action.
How does this concept apply to planning? Self-regulation intertwines with motivation, a crucial element. It rules our ability to manage emotions and behaviors. Motivation is the engine driving our performance. Without it, even the best plans and intentions fall short, and procrastination often wins out.
Have you found yourself postponing tasks, like writing an article, only to see days turn into weeks with no progress? It’s a common scenario, but the more motivated you are, the more likely you will succeed, enhancing your sense of purpose and self-esteem.
I actually see that many of my client’s face, procrastination all the time and I tell them, to stop hiding behind the “busy” work and take one action at a time. How many times, have we heard, “I am only launching until I have the perfect logo”, and when we have the perfect logo, we then hear, “I am only launching until I have my perfect website”, but soon… this becomes the conversation that can last months or even years. (this can be an internal conversation or with your fellow entrepreneur friends)
With motivation as a rocket for success, we turn to planning’s role in self-regulation. The Oxford Dictionary defines a plan as “an intention or decision about what one is going to do.” A plan starts with an intention derived from purpose—your ultimate goal. With a clear intention for 2024, decision-making is steered by long-term goals rather than fleeting desires.
Effective planning includes setting mini-milestones throughout the year and celebrating small victories to maintain motivation.
Here are my personal strategies for laying the groundwork for a successful year:
1. Start immediately.
Don’t delay plans until the last bell has rung to announce the new year has begun. Embrace the power of now, balancing your aspirations with a grounded approach to business and leisure.
2. Plan ahead.
My next year is planned in July from the year before (this is how large corporations do it). I want to build a successful company, so I am implementing what I have learned throughout my career.
3. Break down your overarching goal into manageable tasks.
For instance, I addressed financial beliefs by hiring a mentor, enhanced my visibility by participating in the Women Thrive Summit, and scaled my business by enrolling in a program with Dr. Benjamin Hardy. When the opportunity arose to work with Dr. Joe Dispenza, I managed one of his private retreats.
My invitation to you is this: Initiate your journey to success now—don’t wait for THE perfect moment. If you keep waiting for the right moment, I have bad news for you. Despite the best of intentions, there will always be things happening around us that may try to stop us from living the life we dream of! Seek out a coach or mentor who resonates with you if expansion is in your future.
In committing to guidance, as I have, I am able to elevate my mentorship programs on how to run profitable and heart-centered retreats.
Dream boldly, trust in your capabilities, and embrace the boundless potential within you!
with Love, Leni