Category Archives: Living Confidently

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 Elizabeth@ElizabethHagen.com  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!

 

Please, don’t settle

About once a week we have circuit at my Kosama gym. There are stations set up with certain exercises at each one. This time each station had 3 exercises and we did them over and over until 4 minutes were up.

12 stations – 4 minutes each. That, my dears, is a work out!

At one of the later stations (and I was getting pretty tired) one of the exercises was to do 20 plank jacks. The 1st two times- no problem. The 3rd time I was tempted to quit at 15 instead of 20. But, I went on and did 20.

Do you know why I did 20 even though I wanted to quit?

Accountability.

The definition of accountability is an ‘obligation or willingness to accept responsibility or to account for one’s actions’.

I find it to be easier to be accountable when there are others with me. When I’m alone no one knows if I do what I said I did or not.

Do you find this to be true as well?

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

Are you closer or farther away from the dreams and goals you had at the start of 2017? If you are farther away would you have gotten them accomplished with accountability? I know you would have and you’d be entering the second half of the year with excitement.

You may know where I’m headed with this! Who are you accountable to? What would you achieve if you had weekly accountability? It’s not too late to have 2017 your best year ever.

If you want to go farther faster with what you dream of accomplishing then get an accountability partner or join me in my DESIRE Personal Empowerment System. But, the last thing you should do is settle. Please, don’t settle.

If you desire to achieve what you want and need and crave accountability – let’s find out if you and I are a right fit. Find out more about the DESIRE system below and let’s start making things happen 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 System 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 Elizabeth@ElizabethHagen.com  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!

 

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 System 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 Elizabeth@ElizabethHagen.com  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!

 

 

 

Let’s go old school

 

With all the electronic and battery-operated toys out there I find it quite amazing to see children play with what I call ‘old school’ toys.

Do you remember Play-Doh?! Do you remember how fun it was? It’s all about creativity with no electronic mechanism to help you.

Last Saturday was Alexander’s 3rd birthday and he received a fun Play-Doh cooking. Addilynn and Alex brought it over to my house and we had a blast. We had green and yellow french fries, red hamburgers, blue watermelon, and much more!

Old school. I’ve been noticing it lately:

  • A mom with three children drove by on their bikes and the mom was on an old-fashioned cruiser bike with the rear rack and front basket. Remember those?
  • Remember the Crayola crayon boxes? Adult coloring is very popular. There are a plethora of coloring books with intricate pictures for adults to color and de-stress themselves.
  • Sidewalk chalk. Two doors down lives a girl who uses chalk to make intricate drawings and phrases on their driveway. I love walking by her house.
  • Roller blading. I thought that was long gone but when I bike on the bike trails I see that is still popular.
  • Hop Skotch, bed jumping, hide and seek – these are some of the fun activities Addie, Alex, and I have had together. Alex thinks we can’t see him when he has a pillow over his head!

I just realized all the above examples require being present. That’s what is missing when we bury our head into our tablets, phones, and computers.

Old school. How can you incorporate this into your life and business?

The first Old School method we can implement is to start looking up. That’s where life is found. Then, go for a bike ride!

Systems save the day – even at the gym!

There are many reasons I love going to my Kosama gym. Too many to list, really! One of the biggest is that I am told exactly what to do and for how long and for how many times. By the way, AMRAP stands for ‘as many reps as possible’.

For years I worked out at a gym on my own and I never really pushed myself.  At Kosama I am pushed farther than I ever think I can go. 1)The trainers are great motivators. 2) The training is very clear.  The training is really a system, if you think about it.

I think it’s fascinating how much easier everything is with systems. When I was a mom of 5 kids systems saved my life.

  • Menu planning on Sunday
  • Grocery shopping on Monday
  • Laundry three times a week and put away that day
  • Get ready for the next day the night before
  • All important papers we need at our fingertips are in the Family Binder
  • Every 3 months do a freezer meal day
  • One calendar along with a white board on a cupboard door to list out the day’s events
  • and more!

In business systems save my day:

  • Write Wednesday Wisdom every Tuesday
  • On Monday schedule the posts for my Clear the Desk Movement
  • Update QuickBooks every day
  • Reach out to 3 prospects every day
  • Schedule administration time, marketing time program development time, etc.
  • and more!

For me, life and business is easier and I experience less stress when my systems are in place and I know what I have scheduled for me to do that day. Just like at Kosama, I know exactly what to do.

Do you use systems in your life? How do they save you?!

If not, what system should you start with?!

 

 

Is the tools?

When I first started working out at my Kosama gym, almost 6 years ago, I was terrified.

Would I look dumb? Am I able to do what the trainer asks? Do I have the right form?

But, the biggest fear was the time I walked in and saw the kickboxing bags. I wanted to walk right out. The bags looked absolutely menacing.
I’m glad I stayed. I thought I was afraid of the bag but what I was afraid of was in knowing how to use it. The trainer walked us through the 4 punching and the 2 kicking moves slowly and with detail. The class started and I was actually kickboxing. I could hardly believe it!

Another tool I’m fearful of is my Neat Receipts scanner. From what I’ve heard it is amazing but I don’t take the time to learn it. I’m kind of scared of it! That is just plain silly.

In both cases it’s not the tool’s issue. It’s mine. 

How about you? Are there some tools in your life (exercise equipment, fancy TV, food processor, leaf blower, etc.) that you aren’t using because you think it’s the tool but the reality is it’s you? It’s you learning how to use it properly.

It’s easy for us to make it the tool’s fault so we don’t feel bad for having bought it in the first place. Maybe it’s time to take out the manual and learn how to use it!

My next step is to start using my Neat Receipts.

What’s your next step?!

It may be time to reactivate

I get great door prizes for my speaking presentations at TJ Maxx. During a presentation I gave recently, I was talking about the store, and I mentioned how hard their price stickers are to remove. Super hard. I would pick, pick, pick at it and then need to use Goo Be Gone. It was all a real hassle.

Suddenly, a gentleman in the audience shouted out, “Blow dryer.”

I was so surprised I asked, “What?!!”

“A blow dryer.”

“Why a blow dryer?”

“It reactivates the adhesive.”

What???????

I was so surprised I was almost speechless, but not quite, so I asked him “How do you know this?” He answered, “I was in the Marines and I know hundreds of things.” Good answer!

Reactivates the adhesive. Who knew? The picture above is an ‘after’ of blow drying off a price sticker on a box of stationery. It really works!

This picture is from trying to take the sticker off the ‘normal’ way. Not fun!

To me ‘reactivate the adhesive’ is like a do-over. At one time, you did something a certain way and it worked. Now, you want to do it differently. You are going to ‘reactivate’ and change how you handle something.

I think sometimes we are SO certain something should work and when it doesn’t we feel like a failure. No, we just need to reactivate.

Perhaps it’s time to reactive:

  • The way you interact with a friend
  • How you are raising your children
  • The fact that you are older now and can’t do things as fast as you used to
  • The way you market your business
  • The way you control the piles on your desk and the e-mails in the inbox.

Do-overs are wonderful. It’s not a sign of failure – it’s a sign of facing reality and making this journey we call ‘life’ even more wonderful!

 

 

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