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FInally

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?!

How can you think differently this week?

Bubble fail

Chris and Ashley took Addi on a fun weekend trip to Seattle so I got Alex for 3 whole days!

Oh, we had such fun.

alex-bubblesOne day we were blowing bubbles outside and, of course, he wanted to do it himself.

He set everything up for success but then he tried too hard and then he didn’t try hard enough.

We had a bubble fail. Click on the play button in the picture to watch Alex’s effort. The sound effects get me every time!

The best part is he kept trying until it worked.

Have you ever tried too hard at something and it didn’t work? Have you ever given minimal effort and gotten the same result?

We can everything set up just right but due to our efforts it may not work.

There is always just a right amount of effort where things work so smoothly. What’s interesting is that we often need to re-learn this lesson every day.
I’ve found when things just aren’t going the way I want I know it’s time to take a step back. Re-think my approach. Re-think my why. Re-think my strategy. Once that is done it’s usually a piece of cake!

Is there anything you are trying, it’s not working, and it may be time to take a step back?

I thought I was all set

I’ve gotten into biking. I mean – big time! A few weeks ago Chris and Ashley invited me on a bike ride on our bike trails to the Sioux Falls Falls and back. I thought they were crazy to go that far but it was so much fun.

I started biking every day and last Saturday I went on 3 bike rides!

I realized that I needed some of the right tools if I was going to get the most out of the rides.

bike-toolsMy bike had mountain riding tires so Chris said the 1st thing I should get are road tires.
I listened to Chris and got the road tires at a store that specializes in bikes.

Then I realized the palms of my hands hurt on long rides so I purchased biking gloves.

While I was at the bike store getting the gloves I saw this really cool phone bag which not only holds a phone but also other supplies. Perfect!

I thought I was all set.

A few days ago I set out for my morning bike ride and a neighbor stopped me and suggested I do the ENTIRE bike trail loop around Sioux Falls.

I told him I’m sure I would get lost! He told me there wasn’t any way that would happen as it is just a big circle. I told him that he didn’t know me very well!

But, off I went and I did it! 22 miles from my home and back around the entire city.

It was a really cool bike ride but during the ride there were long spots where I was the only one on the trail. I did not feel comfortable.

So yesterday I got my last tool I needed for great bike rides – a can of mace!

When I called a local sporting goods store to see if they had mace the guy said, “We have small cans, medium cans, and large cans. The large cans are for when you deal with bears!” Good grief. I got a small can.

Yesterday I went for a ride with all the tools in place. It was a glorious bike ride. Isn’t it interesting how things are easier in life and business with the right tools?

Cooking is easier.
Laundry is easier.
Cleaning is easier.
Improving relationships is easier.
Keeping track of your prospects and clients in your database is easier.
Finding files in your computer or file cabinet is easier.
Knowing what’s on your calendar is easier.
Staying on top of financers is easier.
Growing your business is easier.

I could go on and on!

Are there tools that you need in place for your life and business so you have less stress? If so, please go to an expert in that area to find out what you need. I’m glad I did!

Make time for both

Last weekend I had the most amazing opportunity to attend the She Speaks Conference in Charlotte, NC.

shespeaks3Picture this – 700 Christian women speakers and authors in one place.

I will be an experience I will never forget and has shaped the way I will do my business going forward.

Lysa TerKeurst is the President of Proverbs 31 Ministries which put on the conference.

She has written many books and she had her latest book, Uninvited – Living Loved When You Feel Less Than, Left Out, and Lonely, available at the conference. Of course, I grabbed it!shespeaks1

She gave a number of keynotes and a workshop on “The Power of a Story”.

She is a heartfelt and mesmerizing speaker as she shared God’s word and how it applies to our life.

I was in complete learning mode those two days and was so blessed.

This past Tuesday I was in teaching mode as a spoke to the Human Services of Faribault & Martin Counties in Minnesota.

100 people were packed in this room as I got to share principles, tool, systems, and techniques on how to be productive with confidence.

I loved every minute of my two hours with them!

shespeaks2Learning mode and teaching mode. Make time for both.

Just because you are an expert in your field does not mean you should stop learning. Never stop learning.
Because you are an expert in your field you should be teaching others how they can improve their life by applying your information.

Do you have both in your life? If not, it’s time!

But then I looked in their faces

 

It has been years, and I mean years, since I’ve been on a bike. 2 weeks ago Chris and his family invited me to go on a bike ride. I first panicked a bit thinking of my bike-riding skills, or lack thereof, but it was too good an invitation to pass up.

When I got to their house Chris fixed up my bike tires, gears, etc. and then he calmly said “We’re going to go on the bike trails and ride to the Sioux Falls Falls and back!”

sioux-falls-falls with-kids-at-fallsWhat?????

Now, I love seeing our falls, but riding a bike there is a different ball game.

It’s about a 10-mile bike ride one way.

I’m sure my face showed some fear and panic but then I looked in the faces of Addi and Alex and decided spending time with them was much bigger than my fears.

I decided to break free of my comfort zone. Big time!

I am so glad I did!

The weather was absolutely perfect and we had a great time.

A week later I did it again but alone. This was huge for me since we’ve had some reports about incidents happening on the bike trail.

I did the trek on a Saturday morning when I knew there would be lots of people out running, rollerblading, and biking.

This was a 2-hour bike ride by myself. I never would have done this if I hadn’t had the push from Chris and did it first with my family.

Comfort zones. What are they really? My business coach, Mark LeBlanc, calls them discomfort zones. Because, if they really were all that comfy, we wouldn’t feel the pull to get out of the zone.

I was able to leave my zone by first doing the uncomfortable thing with someone else and then I was so much more ready to do it by myself.

What comfort zone are you stuck in? If you can’t get out of that zone that’s really where you are – stuck.

You don’t want to be stuck. There is way too much life and business outside the comfort zone.

Who can you ask to be with you as you take that first BIG step out? Then the rest is history!

talk-to-elizabethIt is time for you to find out what your life can be like free of the restrictions of your discomfort zone?

Would you like me to help you take that first step? In just one laser-focused coaching session we can get you on your way.

E-mail me at Elizabeth@ElizabethHagen.com  and say ‘I’m ready’ and we’ll do this together. You are not alone anymore.

We couldn’t have done it without Micah

addi-micahWhen Emily and Abigail were little we got them an amazing Playmobil home (more like a mansion!) with all the furnishings, people, car, etc. They had so much fun playing with it through the years.

Now it’s Addi’s turn but all the pieces were in a big bin.

What to do?

Call Micah, of course. He can fix anything. Micah, Korra, and Addi spent time together making the old new again and had a blast.

We couldn’t have done it without Micah.

Recently at my Kosama gym the trainer was telling us to drink water during the short breaks. She saw that many did not and she said “Drinking water is not a sign of weakness; it’s a sign of intelligence!”

I think seeking guidance is a sign of intelligence.

We wouldn’t have been able to raise our 5 children without guidance.

I wouldn’t have been able to start and maintain a business for 16 years without guidance.

Bruce and I wouldn’t have been able to stay married for over 37 years without guidance.

I wouldn’t have been able to grow in my faith without guidance.

What about you. Where have you sought guidance in your life and where and when should you have sought guidance?!

Is it time to ask for help?

X marks the spot

Have you asked yourself this question lately – What do you really, I mean really want? Whether it is for your life or your business?

The answer can change with time. What you wanted 2 years ago may not be at all what you want now. But, you are still working toward that goal and you wonder why you don’t have the passion you used to?

x-marks-the-spotMaybe it’s time to ask this question again and answer it with honesty.

What do you want? That is your X.

The narrower the focus the better.

Imagine having one amazing X and working toward that.

Then the sun will really shine on you!

I took this picture on my way to visit my mom recently. Wow! Seeing this was a sign from God to claim my X and He will shine on me and my work. Just like He will for you.

What do you really want? It’s time to claim it.

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