Fail to plan, plan to fail!

The Vision and Planning Hat includes resources that help you create a vision and a plan and incorporate them into your day-to-day life in ways that lead you to success.

They say, “Fail to Plan; Plan to Fail!” but this is the most under-served hat of them all. Make sure you take the time to create a vision, create a plan and then implement that plan!


  • 100% Ownership – The First Key to Leadership this class delves into the first foundation of Leadership – taking responsibility for your outcomes – all of them. Blaming others, or even ourselves, for unwanted and undesirable outcomes is a way of life in our society. What you may not realize is the tremendous loss this way of thinking creates – loss of ...
  • 5-Year Plan: Got Goals? Get a Plan Why would you go on this journey – your life’s journey – without a plan? In this hands-on session, we’ll work through the 5 steps to a 5-Year Plan. You’ll find that creating your life’s Plan isn’t so hard or complicated after all! And you will walk away with a real-world plan for your ...
  • An Idea is Only as Good as the Implementation What is implementation? im·ple·men·ta·tion /impləmənˈtāSH(ə)n/ (noun) the process of putting a decision or plan into effect; execution. As a creative business owner who loves what you do, you are probably inundated with great ideas every day. You probably get them in the shower, as you’re driving, while you’re sweating on the treadmill. But how many of those great ...
  • Are Goals Really Necessary? I was having a conversation with a client the other day.  He’s an engineer and is always working on cutting edge, invention type stuff.  He said that setting goals doesn’t work in this type of  design.  Because when you are inventing something for the first time, you don’t really know what you’re going to end ...
  • Creation of a Successful Year At the end of every year, usually between Christmas and New Years, I take a few hours to powerfully envision and create my new year with confidence and intention. In this class I will walk you through my process. I’ve found this process clears the slate and allows me to step powerfully into the ...
  • Debra Recommends The ABC’s of Building a Business Team That Wins Great champions in sports, business and even families have one thing in common. It’s a legitimate secret weapon. It is something that lies deep in the genetic code of winning organizations. It appears when pressure is high, when the stakes are critical and when everything is on the line. They know how to work as ...
  • Debra Recommends The Magic of Thinking Big I recommend this book with one caveat. I’ve seen clients mistake fantasy for goals. Setting goals to make $10,000/month from their music in 3 months when they’re currently barely pulling in $50 a week from their music. Yes – it is key to think big. And it’s also important to make ...
  • Debra Recommends The One Page Business Plan for the Creative Entrepreneur by James T. Horan, Jr. I met Jim Horan when he came to speak to the Entrepreneur and Small Business Academy Meetup.  I very much enjoyed his whole approach to this most daunting of subjects. I often recommend this book to my clients. The product description on Amazon.com was perfect for this book – ...
  • Goals and Actions and Strategies – Oh, MY! I was on the TAXI Forum and I came upon this thread “Post your Goals after attending the Rally” (the yearly conference for TAXI Members). While reading through people’s responses to the question, I noticed that most posts were a combination of goals, actions and strategies, with the posters conflating their intended actions, strategies and ...
  • Goals and Success In my practice I come across a lot of artists with big dreams. Whether it’s a Grammy Award Winning music career, winning an Oscar or getting a show at MOMA, we dream of a level of success, recognition and income for our creative efforts. It’s human nature to dream of success, however you ...
  • Goals That Get Results Goal setting is a skill critical to creating success in any area of your life. But expressing what you want in your life in a goal that really works can be a complex and challenging process.
  • How to Create a Values-Based Career What does that mean, really? We talk a lot about values, family values, good values – whatever. But do you really know what your values are – consciously? And how exactly do they affect your career choices and path? Your values are the basis of your self-esteem, self-confidence and how you ...
  • How to Do What you Fear How do you take the day-to-day actions that feal scary or hard? Here are a few tips to make it easier.
  • How to Implement the Learning There is a lot to learn about how to succeed in your business – whether it’s Music, Art, Film, Dance. Here at the Artist’s Marketing & Business Academy, we strive to teach you all that you need to know to create the career of your dreams. But it’s not enough to simply learn. Knowledge without implementation ...
  • How to Use Goals, Actions and Strategies to Craft a Plan In Part One of this article – Goals and Actions and Strategies – Oh, MY! – I clarified the differences between goals, actions and strategies and talked about why that is a difference that makes a difference. In this article, I’m going to explain how you can design a plan that employs all three aspects. In my ...
  • How to Write the Dreaded Business Plan “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” Benjamin Franklin We’ve all heard this quote, and yet, we struggle and resist against writing a business plan. For most artists and creatives, there’s the myth that the plan will cramp your creativity. But what my private clients discover over and over again, is that the plan ...
  • Magic of Action Video Check out this fun little video I made!
  • Opportunity Overwhelm I recently had a very interesting conversation with a client who called for some in-between-session support. He called because he was feeling completely stuck.  He was swamped with having so much to do, so many opportunities he could be taking advantage of, and he felt completely overwhelmed. He had no idea how to prioritize all the ...
  • Planning for the New Year – Part Five Every year, I take some personal time to assess, adjust, write new goals for the New Year and make a plan for achieving those goals. I’d like to share part of this process with you – and encourage you to use it for yourself to create a powerful, prosperous and joyful 2011. I ...
  • Planning for the New Year – Part Four Every year, I take some personal time to assess, adjust, write new goals for the New Year and make a plan for achieving those goals. I’d like to share part of this process with you – and encourage you to use it for yourself to create a powerful, prosperous and joyful 2011. I ...
  • Planning for the New Year – Part One Every year, I take some personal time to assess, adjust, write new goals for the New Year and make a plan for achieving those goals. I’d like to share part of this process with you – and encourage you to use it for yourself to create a powerful, prosperous and joyful 2011. I ...
  • Planning for the New Year – Part Seven Every year, I take some personal time to assess, adjust, write new goals for the New Year and make a plan for achieving those goals. I’d like to share part of this process with you – and encourage you to use it for yourself to create a powerful, prosperous and joyful 2011. I ...
  • Planning for the New Year – Part Six Every year, I take some personal time to assess, adjust, write new goals for the New Year and make a plan for achieving those goals. I’d like to share part of this process with you – and encourage you to use it for yourself to create a powerful, prosperous and joyful 2011. I ...
  • Planning for the New Year – Part Three Every year, I take some personal time to assess, adjust, write new goals for the New Year and make a plan for achieving those goals. I’d like to share part of this process with you – and encourage you to use it for yourself to create a powerful, prosperous and joyful 2011. I ...
  • Planning for the New Year – Part Two Every year, I take some personal time to assess, adjust, write new goals for the New Year and make a plan for achieving those goals. I’d like to share part of this process with you – and encourage you to use it for yourself to create a powerful, prosperous and joyful 2011. I ...
  • S.P.E.C.I.A.L. Road Map to Success So you’ve set some goals. So now, how do you take those juicy goals from inspiring concept to real world success? In this class Debra lays out the 7-step “S.P.E.C.I.A.L.” Road Map to Success.
  • S.P.E.C.I.A.L. Step 1: Starting Point Assessment – Where Are You NOW? Once they’ve set a goal, most people make the mistake of jumping right into action doing the stuff they think they should.  But how can you successfully plan for a journey without knowing where you’re starting from? In any journey from Point A to Point B – identifying Point A (your starting point) will enable you ...
  • S.P.E.C.I.A.L. Step 3: Expand What’s Possible Step 3 of the S.P.E.C.I.A.L. Roadmap to Success method for achieving your goals is “Explore all the ways to get there.”  Most people, when they Set a Goal, jump right into action doing all the things they know to do in order to achieve that goal. The problem is that they don’t know what they don’t ...
  • S.P.E.C.I.A.L. Step 4: How to Create The Plan Once they’ve set a goal, most people make the mistake of jumping right into action doing the stuff they think they should. Which may get them to a level of success, but more often they get stuck at that level, because they are only doing what they already know to do – And they don’t know what ...
  • S.P.E.C.I.A.L. Step 5: Implement the Plan GET INTO ACTION – Finally So, you’ve explored your starting point, created your vision of the ending point, explored all the ways to get there and created a plan. And now, finally, it’s time to put that plan into action! In Step 5 of the S.P.E.C.I.A.L. Roadmap to Success, you implement the plan that came out of all ...
  • Setting Goals for 2011 Every year, I take some personal time to assess, adjust, write new goals for the New Year and make a plan for achieving those goals. I’d like to share part of this process with you – and encourage you to use it for yourself to create a powerful, prosperous and joyful 2011. I hope you ...
  • Succeed in the Arts Business – an Interview with Gilli Moon This month I am privileged to interview Gilli Moon, author of the book, I Am A Professional Artist – The Key To Survival and Success in the World of the Arts. Join us for some practical steps to succeed and survive in the arts business and enjoy your artistry at the same time.
  • The Art of Leadership – In Your Career, In Your Business, In Your Life By choosing to pursue a career in which you are, in essence, the CEO, CFO and COO of your own company, you have chosen to be a Leader. By choosing to pursue a career in the Arts and Entertainment Industry, you’ve also chosen to be a leader, not just of your own life, but ...
  • The Mindset of a Leader – Part 2 In this second of three classes on the Mindset of a Leader, we continue the discussion about what a leader thinks and believes. When we think about leaders, usually our focus is on their behavior and how their behavior influences the world around them. And perhaps we try to emulate that behavior with varying levels ...
  • The Mindset of a Leader – Part 3 When we think about leaders, usually our focus is on their behavior and how their behavior influences the world around them. And perhaps we try to emulate that behavior with varying levels of success. The reason we have varying levels of success is because behaviors come from underlying beliefs about our world and our place within ...
  • The Mindset of a Leader – Part 1 When we think about leaders, usually our focus is on their behavior and how their behavior influences the world around them. And perhaps we try to emulate that behavior with varying levels of success. The reason we have varying levels of success is because behaviors come from underlying beliefs about our world and our place ...
  • The Shy Singer an Interview with Vikki Flawith Debra was thrilled to interview singer/songwriter Vikki Flawith, former Artist’s EDGE Member, Champion of the Creatively Introverted & Socially Terrified, opera-howling Blogger, procrastinating Painter, housework-hating Vocalist, power-napping Composer and Aquarian Cyber-Geek. Vikki is a well-respected vocal teacher. And she has signed multi-track deals with several music publishers.
  • Working Smarter, Not Harder In February, we did a call for the Artists Marketing & Business Academy called, “Create Systems – Work Smarter, Not Harder” to begin to address one of the key mistakes artists make in their business. The essence of this mistake is to think of yourself in terms of a self-employed freelancer, going from gig to ...

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