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Essentialism, please

I have read and then re-read the book Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown

Greg says the definition of essentialism is less but better. I love that! He also talks about how the word priority was singular for 500 years until we pluralized it in the early 1900’s. He says, Illogically, we reasoned that by changing the word we could bend reality. Somehow, we would now be able to have multiple ‘first’ things.

I think that is fascinating. How can we have multiple first things? Kind of silly.

I am the creator of the Clear the Desk Movement.  I adapted this term from the phrase ‘clear the decks’. To ‘clear the decks’ means to prepare for a particular event or goal by dealing with anything beforehand that might hinder progress.

Having too many ‘first’ things hinders progress.

I decided to take my Clear the Desk Movement philosophy to my office workroom closet. It was very organized but full of lots of ‘first things’. In fact, bins and bins and bins, nicely labeled, but too full.  It was time to change. It took me awhile and lots of decisions but I got rid of all the bins in the lower section of the photograph and now my closet is free of what is not essential.

This feels amazing.

I took my Clear the Desk Movement philosophy to my business as well. Of all my services and product offerings which was the most essential to my prospects, clients. and to me.  I had many ‘first’ things I offer. This took a lot of soul searching. I discovered that helping my audiences and clients get unstuck and stop feeling lost is my priority and essential to my business.

Greg says, When we don’t purposefully and deliberately choose where to focus our energies and time, other people – our bosses, our colleagues, our clients, and even our families – will chose for us, and before long we’ll have lost sight of everything that is meaningful and important.

What is essential to you? I mean really essential?

Maybe you don’t know. This is a very common feeling. I talk to so many people who feel lost.

This Saturday it will be the start of the second half of the year. Yes, we all ask, where did the time go?

Think of how much more excited you would be to enter the second half of 2017 with excitement if you were clear on your goals and clear on what is essential in your life.

If you want to go farther faster with knowing what is essential in your life and what you dream of accomplishing then join me in my DESIRE Personal Empowerment Program.

If you desire to achieve what you want and need, let’s find out if you and I are a right fit. Find out more about the DESIRE program below and let’s start making things happen for you!


We are almost halfway through 2017. How is it going for you?!

It may be time to take stock of your life and career. If things aren’t going so well – or everything stays the same and you find life lacking some luster –  is it time for a new way to look and do things?

I have started a new program and am seeing great results. The DESIRE Personal Empowerment Program changes – well, it changes everything.

This is a personal 1:1 program with me for 90 days and only women who are truly ready for amazing results are accepted.

This is for you if you are ready to take stock of where you are, what makes your heart sing, and take the first steps to brighten up your life.

This is for you if you are ready to detox obstacles and energy suckers that are getting in your way and you want a fresh start.

This is for you if you want to set healthy new habits to support your fresh start and set achievable goals based on the vision you have for your life.

Is this you? E-mail me at  or call me at 605-310-5764 and we will set up a time to find out.  If you are not where you want to be now is your time – it really is!


Will I see you in St. Paul, MN on April 27 and 28?

12573182_10153942045528846_999080934319992441_nThe before. conference

Even veteran #entrepreneurs need to get down to the basics! Get $100 off #thebeforecon on April 27 and 28 in St. Paul, MN. Use my code “Elizabethguest” to get $100 off your registration!

» This is a grab your pen + notebook and get stuff done kinda conference «

If it weren’t for excuses

I don’t know who updates the blackboard at my Kosama gym each week but I love her!

kosama-excusesThey always make me think.

I started thinking about excuses and how they can trap us into staying right where we are.

Have you given into any excuses lately?

  • Not enough time
  • Someone else does it much better than me
  • What will people think?
  • I don’t know how
  • It will take too long
  • I need a nap
  • I’m not a morning person
  • She might say no

How do I know these? Because I’ve uses all of these before and then I went nowhere.

Same with you?

How about making the rest of March the No Excuse Month? Seriously. When the thought creeps into your head, and excuses are very sneaky, say ‘Stop’. Then think of a way you can do it.  There is always a way.

If you don’t know, ask someone.

One of the reasons I’ve done so many things in my business is because I did them before I fully knew how. Like: Speaking, giving teleclasses, designing handouts in Microsoft Publisher, writing a newsletter and blog, etc.

Did they all succeed at first? Absolutely not! Did they eventually succeed? Yes. But, they would not have if I had let my excuses win and never started.

What excuse will you kick to the curb today?!


My 1st Facebook Live!


I love seeing entrepreneurs succeed.

Which is why I’m doing a Facebook Live » today at 12pm//cst to teach you about looking at life through eyes of a speaker. Click on ‘going’ on that page to be notified of the live events today.

It gets better than that though. Not only will you get to hear from me, you’ll also get to hear from 9 other entrepreneurs who have found success in their biz.

We’re sharing our secrets to success and I want you to be there!

Shine bright,


Sometimes it’s the little bit extra

Last Sunday I was registered to run the Avera Race Against Breast Cancer 5K.

I was so excited. I ran this last year and the whole event is so awesome.

I’ve been fighting a really bad cough and all the side effects that go along with it and wasn’t sure I could run but I was NOT going to miss the packet pick up. I want my t-shirt!

avera-packet-pickupThe day before the race I went downtown to get my packet. I parked in the back and I was surprised to see how they decorated the area leading up to the store. They really did the little bit extra. Actually, a lot extra. And, this was in the back! Imagine what they did to the front?

The extra effort they did made me want to run the race even more!
Unfortunately, I wasn’t well enough to run and I was so disappointed. But, I couldn’t stop thinking about the extra effort they did even for the packet pick-up experience.

They made what could have been a just a normal packet pick-up time – fun!

Have you ever been the recipient of someone or a company doing that little bit extra? How did it make you feel?

Have you done the little bit extra lately?

The good news is that it doesn’t take much these days to make someone feel special. With e-mail, texts, social media, etc. we are losing the personal touch so when it does happen – wow!

Let’s make a pact right now that in the next 3 days we are going to wow someone.

I’m going to send someone on my newsletter list a copy of my book Confidence: Now is Your Time – 31 Days to a More Extraordinary You!

Who will it be for you and what will you do?

I mentioned in my last Wednesday Wisdom I’m going to offer teleclasses on different topics that will help you think differently and have the courage to take a next step.

The first teleclass I offered was all about your paper. Yes, your paper piles! If you missed it you can still purchase the recording.

My next teleclass will be about wasted guilt! The teleclass is How to Beat the Guilt of Taking Care of Yourself First. You will want to put Wednesday, October 12 at 6 PM EDT in your calendar. Details coming soon!

Take the next step

bike-path-treesAs I was riding my bike recently on the bike trail in town I started thinking about all the different kinds of people who enjoy the trail.

• Serious bicyclists going extremely fast
• Regular bicyclists – like me!
• Joggers
• Runners – there is a difference between those who jog and those who really run
• Parents with children in the carrier behind their bikes
• Children on small bike pedaling furiously to keep up with their parents!
• Older couples taking a leisurely walk
• People who hop on it for a shortcut to work
• Photographers shooting senior pictures
• And so many more~~
One thing they all have in common is their desire for movement and to enjoy the outdoors.

Which got me thinking about my subscribers to my Wednesday Wisdom. My list includes people in different stages of life and work. This is one of the reasons I enjoy writing my weekly posts – the variety of the readers. But, one thing you all have in common is the openness to think differently and the desire to take the next step.

In what area of your life do you have a next step you are waiting to take? Almost everything gets easier once that first step is taken!

Getting back to my weekly posts – a newsletter article can only go so far. I decided to start offering teleclasses on different topics to help you take that next step in a deeper way.

The first teleclass I’m offering is all about your paper. Yes, your paper piles!

heels-going-up-ladderTake the next step to get rid of your paper piles…once and for all

Clutter is a major factor in holding people back. Why? Because it represents the past of undone stuff. Particularly in paper piles. No one likes that feeling but few have the courage to do something about it!

Let’s take care of this and here is how you can take the next step…now.

Join me on Thursday, September 22 at 1 PM EDT, for the Get Rid of Your Paper Piles…Once and for All teleclass. Join us live or if you can’t make it there are no worries. If you are registered you will get the recording.

Imagine, your desk top clear of the piles and you can find what you need easily. It is possible! Find out more and let’s get you registered.


mentalFinally, it’s getting through to me.

Everything is 100% mental.

Working out starts in your mind.

Growing your business starts in your mind.

Building relationships starts in your mind.

How you spend your time starts in your mind.

Getting organized starts in your mind.

It is so true. When you think you can do something you can. When you think you can’t do something; you can’t.

Your body follows what your mind tells you.

Instead of writing a to-do list item like ‘talk to a prospect’ write it instead like this ‘I will talk to _____________ today’. Just this wording changes everything.

Instead of writing ‘take a walk today’ write ‘I will take a walk at 5 pm today’.

Instead of writing ‘organize desk drawer’ write ‘I will organize my desk drawer so I can find anything in it instantly’.

Get the idea?!

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