Category Archives: 2016 Success Now

Take the time

mom-churchLast Sunday we took my mom to church and she would not stop telling us how grateful she is for us. We take her on many Sundays but she was not taking this for granted. Seriously, she would not stop!

It’s pretty easy to take so much of what we have in our business and life for granted. It’s pretty easy to think about what we don’t have vs. what we do have. It’s pretty easy to complain.

Shame on us.

A practice I started years ago is to journal every night about my day and then list at least 3 things I’m grateful for that day.

Some days it’s easy and some days it’s harder.

But, there is always something for which to be grateful.

I use an app called Day One which allows me to attach pictures to my journal for that day.

Ending my day with gratitude is the best thing I do every day.

Something very interesting happens when you are thankful. You cannot whine and be thankful at the same time. The thankful thought always wins!

Start today by starting or ending your day by writing down 3 things you are grateful for – and the key is to write them down!

How do you show your gratitude for someone you are thankful for?

A lesson from a lion

When I was growing up the “Wizard of Oz” movie absolutely terrified me. TERRIFIED. Those horrible monkeys and that witch! How could anyone think this was a movie for children?!

Watching now as an adult, while the monkeys still get to me, there are a lot of lessons to learn.

wizard-of-ozParticularly from the lion. The lion was afraid of everything and what he really, really wanted was courage. What he didn’t realize is that he had it in him the entire time.

At the end of the movie the Wizard of Oz tells him:

As for you, my fine friend, you’re a victim of disorganized thinking. You are under the unfortunate delusion that simply because you run away from danger you have no courage. You’re confusing courage with wisdom. Back where I come from, we have men who are called heroes. Once a year, they take their fortitude out of moth balls and parade it down the main street of the city and they have no more courage than you have. But they have one thing that you haven’t got – a medal. Therefore, for meritorious conduct, extraordinary valor, conspicuous bravery against Wicked Witches, I award you the Triple Cross. You are now a member of the Legion of Courage.

Victim of disorganized thinking. Think about that. To me this means all the limiting beliefs that we can have on any given day.

Do you have this type of thinking? I do. I have to work hard every day to replace these thoughts with what is true. Our limiting beliefs that keep us stuck and tear us down are lies.

It takes courage to replace these lies with the truth. The truth is that you are amazing, people need you in their lives, and what you have to offer is extraordinary.

You don’t need a medal. You just need to believe in yourself and that is courage.

What are you going to tell yourself today?

Are you ready for more clarity, courage, and confidence in your business and your life? Is it time for you to renew your faith in yourself and step into who you were created to be? Let’s set up a time to visit. You are extraordinary and I want to tell you that ASAP!

2016 Success Now: Action Step #30 – Set Yourself Free

December-2015-Calendar-Holidays (1)Did December fly by for you? It certainly did for me.

Last year around this time I went back to my Kosama gym after being gone 20 days. If you go regularly to a gym and had to stop for any reason then you know how hard it is to get back in the swing again. Not so much physically; but mentally.

My plan was to go to my normal class at 6:10 am and I hit the snooze button several times and then decided to go to the 9 am class. As the time got closer and closer to 9 am I came up with all sorts of excuses not to go. I knew it would be hard for me to keep up with the others in the class, I knew I’d tire easily, I knew I’d be upset that I wasn’t in the condition I was 20 days ago, and on and on.

I went anyway. Please read this again – I went anyway.

kosama-12-30-14During this ‘2016 Success Now’ series I have given you a lot of action steps to take to get into shape for 2016. A lot! Really too many to start and keep going in a 30-day period.

My goal in giving these to you was not that these are steps you do once and you are done. All of them must become a way of life for you to really get the best advantage from them. They are steps you do over and over consistently.

I went to Kosama that day and you know what? It wasn’t as bad as I thought! Yes, I went at a slower pace than others but as the class continued I became stronger and stronger. When the class was over I was super surprised to see that the calories I burned were not a lot less than I burned per class before my 20-day break.

Isn’t that interesting? We can get back in shape much quicker than we think. As you look over the 29 action steps I gave you since December 1 you may have started a few and then stopped. That’s ok. Pick them up again. It won’t be as hard as you think.

Today I want you to set yourself free from thinking:
If I tried it once and gave up it’s not worth doing

If I try one of these steps and don’t do it perfectly it was a waste of time

There are just too many action steps to take to get me ready for success in 2016. I’ll just do things like I’ve done in the past and hope for the best.

Set yourself free from any thoughts of what you wanted to have happened in the past 30 days but didn’t. Set yourself free and start again.

Luke 4:18-19   The Message

God’s Spirit is on me; he’s chosen me to preach the message of good news to the poor, sent me to announce pardon to prisoners and recovery of sight to the blind, to set the burdened and battered free, to announce, “This is God’s year to act!”

2016 is your year to act. Set anything free that may keep you stuck. Now is your time!

2016 Success Now: Action Step #29 – Seek and You Shall Find

Sit back in your chair and think back to a day when you were working with the absolute perfect client. Did the time fly by? Was the experience a total joy?!

Think about that person. What was their age, where did they live, what type of industry are they in, what was their title, and then think about their attitudes, behaviors, and beliefs.

What if you could work with someone like that every day?

It can happen if you are extremely clear about your perfect-fit client. Take the time right now to think about this wonderful person.

Now, write down all of their attributes.

perfect-fit-client-collagesAt my very first SuccessPlus retreat for women entrepreneurs in 2010 I had the ladies cut out pictures, sayings, etc. that personified their perfect-fit client and arrange them in a picture frame. This way they could look at it every day.

When they wrote marketing copy they looked at their picture.

When they designed their program pricing they looked at the picture.

When they thought about what networking events to attend they looked at their picture and made the decision to go based on if that perfect-fit client would attend.

When they decided to look for places to speak to share their expertise they would look at their picture first and prepare their presentation based on what that client would want and need to hear.

The list could go on and on.

Are you ready to put together your perfect-fit client collage? There is no time like the present. When you are clear on who you really want to work with everything gets a lot clearer in your business.

What are you waiting for?!

Matthew 7:7-11 The Message
Don’t bargain with God. Be direct. Ask for what you need. This isn’t a cat-and-mouse, hide-and-seek game we’re in. If your child asks for bread, do you trick him with sawdust? If he asks for fish, do you scare him with a live snake on his plate? As bad as you are, you wouldn’t think of such a thing. You’re at least decent to your own children. So don’t you think the God who conceived you in love will be even better?

God wants to hear our hearts. Tell Him what’s on your mind.

2016 Success Now: Step #27 – Stand Up


Stand up, please, with a pen and paper. Ok, where you are standing is Monday, Dec. 28, 2015.

Now, walk about 10 steps and stop. You are now at Monday, Dec.28, 2016.  Turn and look back to your original spot.

look-back-on-the-yearYou are looking back at the past year (12-28-15 to 12-28-16) and it was an amazing year.

Answer these questions:

What did you bring in for gross revenue?

What did you achieve in your business?

What did you start doing?

What did you stop doing?

What kind of clients did you work with?

How many new clients hired you?

What vacations did you take?

How is your physical health?

How is your emotional health?
Write the answers down.

Go back to your original spot of today.  Smile as you think about the amazing year you are about to have in 2016. Relax. Breathe.

Now, get out your calendar and wall calendar from Action Step #24 and get what you need scheduled in your calendar so your dreams come true.

2016 is going to fly by.  You will blink and it will be one year later.  Make it a great year by creating a vision now.

What are you waiting for?!

Jeremiah 29:11  The Message

I’ll show up and take care of you as I promised and bring you back home. I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for.

God promises He will take care of us. He promises to bring us back home. He has it all planned out. What a relief!


2016 Success Now: Action Step #28 – Specialize and and be remembered

I’ve had the honor of speaking many times at the National Association of Professional Organizers national conventions. At one of my sessions I had the audience stand and asked those to sit who did not feel they were an expert at what they did. Almost 75% of the room sat down.

magic-wandThis was heartbreaking.

I then told those who sat down to stand up again and I waved my magic wand over all of them and declared to them “You are an expert…right now!”

Years ago I was asking my business coach, Mark LeBlanc, about attending another certification program. He paused for a long time and then said “Elizabeth, you know enough right now.”

Words that changed my life then and they keep changing my life.

I have nothing against furthering your education, getting certified, etc. but if you are waiting for that next popular thing (whatever it is) to learn and then you will go out and get clients…you are fooling yourself. I encourage you to go to conferences on how to market and grow your business but as far as learning more on how to do what you to…you know enough.

You are an expert now. If I were with you I’d wave my magic wand over you!

Stand up, put your shoulders back and declare “I am THE expert in ___________________”. If the back of your business card claims 10 fields you specialize in pick the ONE you love the most as your field of expertise and get rid of the other 9 on the back of your card.

Look at your website, your marketing materials, etc. Is your expertise clear? If not, make some changes.

Now is not the time to be all things for all people. Now is the time to be the expert in what you love the most for the sliver of population that needs exactly what you offer. This is what it takes to be remembered.

Start off 2016 as THE expert.

What are you waiting for?!

Galatians 6:9-10  The Message
So let’s not allow ourselves to get fatigued doing good. At the right time we will harvest a good crop if we don’t give up, or quit. Right now, therefore, every time we get the chance, let us work for the benefit of all, starting with the people closest to us in the community of faith.

Right now – do your best work. Start with those closest to you.

2016 Success Now: Action Step #26 – Simplify the Search

I’m curious if your ‘to file’ pile may be as high as your filing cabinet!

Did you know that 80% of what you file you never look at again? We keep way too much paper.

When you have a good filing system set up life at work and home gets so much better.

file-foldersI’m not going to ask you to clean out your entire file cabinet today. I just want you to start with 10 folders. Yes, just 10.

Take 10 out right now and go through them with a skeptical eye. Do you REALLY need to keep the papers? If so, would a different label make more sense?

If you are not sure how to long to keep certain documents here is a link to a great paper retention guide that may help you toss/recycle/shred what you don’t need to keep.

Tomorrow do another 10, and 10 the next day, and so on until you have gone through your entire file system. The next time you either need to file or find a paper you will thank yourself (and me!) for doing what may be a very boring task.

Personally, I love going through file cabinets and getting good systems set up. But, that’s me! You can do this.

Psalm 33: 20-22  The Message

We’re depending on God; he’s everything we need. What’s more, our hearts brim with joy since we’ve taken for our own his holy name. Love us, God, with all you’ve got – that’s what we’re depending on.

God is everything we need. I think knowing that changes everything!  •  605-310-5764  •

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